Friday, October 17, 2008

Zilvinas Kempinas to represent Lithuania at 53rd Venice Biennale

Spencer Brownstone Gallery is pleased to announce that Zilvinas Kempinas has been chosen to represent Lithuania at the upcoming Venice Biennale, opening June 7th, 2009.

Zilvinas was selected by an independent committee from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture to represent their country at this 53rd edition of the biennial.

The artist will present a work entitled 'Tube' that was created during his recent six-month stay at Atelier Calder. 'Tube' is a 30 meter long installation that creates a dramatic enclosed walkway from stretched lengths of videotape. The work is the latest in a series employing the artist's signature medium of unspooled magnetic tape. The works inventively exploit the strength and ultra-lightweight nature of tape to create beguiling and seemingly contradictory physical spectacles that seem to defy logic and captivate the viewer. Putting these disorienting and sometimes dizzying qualities into play, Kempinas skillfully subverts relationships with architecture, form, and space.

The announcement of Zilvinas's participation in the Biennale follows his inclusion in the 'New Work' series at SF MoMA (which can still be seen through November 4th), Manifesta7 (through November 2nd), 'Jump Now', at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, Korea (through February 5th), as well as 'Go East', a two-person exhibition alongside Roman Ondák at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Luxembourg, (through December 8th).

The artist is also preparing for two important future exhibitions over the coming months:

• A solo show at the Kunsthalle, Vienna. Following exhibitions by Mathew Barney and Derek Jarman, the exhibition will open October 30th.

• 'The Immediate Future', a group exhibition at the Lund Konsthall, opening January 31st.

Two monographic catalogs will be forthcoming and a major interview/feature on the artist will soon be available online at Museo Contemporary Art Magazine.

More info on the work of Zilvinas here, of course.

More Gabel: Artforum; Whitehot; Independent Drawing Gig...

Two new reviews of Jeff Gabel's show at the gallery are online this week!

Blake Gopnik's piece for, you can read by clicking on the image above, or by following this link. And, for Jen Bartman's article for Whitehot Magazine, click here.

Jeff's show continues through October 25th, one more week. More info here....

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Jeff is also participating in the Independent Drawing Gig 4, an international project organized by artist Linas Jablonskis of Vilnius, Lithuania. Taking place simultaneously in San Francisco, New York, Paris, Maastricht, The Hague, Berlin, Vilnius, Skopje, Istanbul, Seoul, and Tokyo, the event seeks to bring together the art of drawing with that of independent music through a series of exhibitions, performances and events.

Jeff will be showing as part of the NY leg, which is being hosted by ArtBreak Gallery at 195 Grand Street, between Driggs and Bedford Aves, in Williamsburg. Tonight's opening, 6-10pm, features music performances by Cocaine and Abel and High Teen Boogie. The exhibition is up through Tuesday next week...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jeff Gabel: 'Off The Beaten Road' installation performance

Jeff Gabel is just back from Chicago, where he was installing his work as part of the A+D Gallery's 'Off The Beaten Road' exhibition.

As reported before, Jeff worked on a new wall drawing throughout the day in the run up to Friday's opening, and continuing through the opening itself. Jeff's piece is a free-form adaptation of the 'Lunatic' chapter of Carl Zuckmayer's novel 'Salware, or The Magdalena Of Bozen'.

Part of Jeff's plan for this 'installation performance' was to get steadily more drunk as the wall drawing/opening unfolded, which, he reliably informs me, was faithfully followed through on... Check out the (remarkably composed-looking, considering) snaps below and check here to read more on the show.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Jeff Gabel review, Village Voice

There is a great piece by Michael Wilson on Jeff Gabel's current show at the gallery in this week's Village Voice. Read it by clicking on the image above, or go here.

"...the mortifying precision of his observation..."
nicely sums up this great show! Continuing at the gallery through October 25th, more info here...