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<nettime-ann> Exit Art presents The Building Show 2.17-3.31.07
Jodi Hanel on Tue, 30 Jan 2007 21:12:34 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Exit Art presents The Building Show 2.17-3.31.07


February 17- March 31, 2007
Opening Saturday February 17, 7-10pm
Buildings have become iconic figures of cities and countries; these architectural wonders are either loved or despised by their neighbors, visitors and passersby.  Oftentimes buildings have deeply rooted historical significance, they form skylines that are embedded into our vertical memory and hold infinite stories within their walls.  Other times buildings are surrounded by controversy, neighborhoods are rezoned, gentrification causes displacement and old buildings are torn down and quickly rebuilt for new uses.  In homage to these vertical symbols Exit Art presents The Building Show, an exhibition featuring twenty-six conceptual, realistic, personal, intimate and analytical artworks that are defined by artists’ personal relationships to existing structures.
Scott Andresen, Kenneth Grady Barker, Joseph Burwell, Nuno Cera, Jerstin Crosby and Lump Lipshitz, John Enxuto, Peter Eudenbach, Barbara Gallucci, Elaine Gan, Patty Harris, Peter Hildebrand, Heidrun Holzfeind, Emily Katrencik, Noah Loesberg, Naeem Mohaiemen with Gensler + Gutierrez, Heidi Neilson, Quintin Rivera Toro, Chuck Sehman, Caridad Sola and Mary Mihelic, Tim Spelios, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, Glen Walls, Seth Weiner, Marion E. Wilson, Xing Danwen, and Yarisal & Kublitz.
Scott Andresen, Kansas International Speedway
Scott Andersen has created a quilt about the Kansas International Speedway, which was built at the expense of a whole neighborhood that was razed for its construction.
Scott Andresen’s work has been shown at the Bronx Museum, White Box, and Black Floor Gallery, in solo exhibitions in France and Portugal, and is in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design. He is currently completing a residency at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Kenneth Grady Barker, Coit Tower, San Francisco, CA
Kenneth Grady Barker has created a mechanically animated sculpture built into a coin operated observation deck telescope.  As you peer into the machine, you see a short movie featuring a condom being pulled onto Coit Tower.
He received an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from Indiana University. His work has been exhibited multiple times in San Francisco and New York City.
Joseph Burwell, Aqueduct systems, ancient Jerusalem
Joseph Burwell’s drawings are based on the relics of pools and aqueduct systems of ancient Jerusalem. Featured in The Building Show is The Pool of the Holy See, a three-panel drawing based on the ruins of the Pool of Bethesda.
Joseph studied architecture at Savannah College of Art and the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and Tulane University in New Orleans.  He taught at both Tulane University and Loyola University before moving to New York City.
Nuno Cera, Prora Complex, Germany
The Prora Complex was a holiday camp designed by and was for members of the Nazi party. Nuno Cera’s video is an unsentimental journey through this improbable and amazing place, as well as a social critique on a historic German location.
Nuno Cera was born in Portugal, but currently resides in Berlin, Germany. His work has been included international exhibitions in Berlin, New York, and Mexiso City, among other locations.
Jerstin Crosby and Lump Lipshitz, Biscuit King factory, Durham, North Carolina
Jerstin Crosby and Lump Lipshitz memorialize small businesses that are forced to close down in the face of franchising in their sculpture, The Biscuit King. The Biscuit King, is a recreation of a dilapidated building in Durham, North Carolina which will soon be demolished to make room for a large multi-plex.
Jerstin Crosby is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the artist collective Team Lump.  He received an MFA from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, and has exhibited nationally.  Lump Lipshitz is the moniker for Raleigh artist, Bill Thelen.  He has an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally with and without the Team Lump collective. He is represented by Branch Gallery in Durham, NC.
John Enxuto, Empire State Building, New York
John Enxuto’s six-minute video follows runners up the dark stairwell of the Empire State Building. The low-resolution surveillance quality of the video offers very little visual information about the stairwell, shifting the medium from one of description to an experience of claustrophobia, panic, and physical extremes.
John Enxuto’s work has been exhibited and screened work at the Walker Art Center, CRG Gallery, and the Anthology Film Archives. He was born in Portugal and received an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001.
Peter Eudenbach, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Peter Eudenbach has created the ultimate architectural folly, a Ferris wheel made of Eiffel Towers.
Peter Eudenbach is a conceptual artist whose videos have been screened at the Rotunda Gallery, Ocularis and Rooftop Films, in Brooklyn, NY and internationally. Eudenbach lives and works in Norfolk, VA where he teaches in the Art Department at Old Dominion University.
Barbara Gallucci, A-Frame Houses
Gallucci’s photographic series document the evolution of the 1960s A-Frame “kit” houses.  Based on the perfectly balanced triangle, the A-Frame house has grown from a middle class vacation home into national corporate logos.
Barbara Gallucci is a New York based sculptor and photographer. She has exhibited extensively in New York across the U.S. and Europe. She earned her MFA at Yale and is currently a professor of sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Ma.  
Elaine Gan, The Sphinx, Eqypt
Elaine Gan appropriates internet found visitor photographs to both the Sphinx in Egypt and the one in Las Vegas in her installation.
Gan was born in Manila, Philippines, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wellesley College in Architecture. Her work has been exhibited throughout NYC.
Patty Harris, The Farnsworth House Flood
Through a 3-D animation program, Patty Harris has created a mock-documentary of the flooding of this internationally renowned house, the Farnsworth House, built by Mies van der Roes in 1951.
Patty Harris attended the School of Visual Arts, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Peter Hildebrand, Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Pentagonia, is a painting of the Pentagon building inverted and upside-down. The work is a commentary on the current chaotic war-climate of the US.
Peter Hildebrand is a Brooklyn-based artist, whose work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York City, New Jersey, and California.
Heidrun Holzfeind, Housing Complex, Corviale, Italy
Heidrun Holzfeind’s video addresses the failure of Corviale, a 1 km long housing complex built in the 70s in the periphery of Rome, Italy.  This structure was originally hailed as a feat of utopian modernist architecture but has turned into a ghetto with high rates of unemployment, criminality and drug abuse.
Emily Katrencik, Lollipop Building, New York
Emily Katrencik’s project is entirely constructed of lollipops containing flakes of marble from 2 Columbus Circle, aka the “Lollipop Building”. The hanging sculpture’s architectural form is then slowly eroded as visitors are invited to take a lollipop.
Emily Katrencik graduated with a Master’s of Science in Visual Arts from M.I.T. and a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited in Texas, New York, and Massachusetts.
Noah Loesberg, Cardboard Cornices
Noah Loesberg has created an installation detailing tenement building cornices constructed out of heavy cardboard. For The Building Show he is constructing the cornice of 38 East Broadway.  Built in 1884, this building is a perfect example of the utilitarian “decorative style” that was mass-produced during that time.
Noah Loesberg is a New York based artist; he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bennington College, and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mary Mihelic and Caridad Sola, Sears Tower, Chicago, IL
Mary Mihelic and Caridad Sola will create a wind tunnel, inspired by the Sears Tower in Chicago, which until recently, was the tallest building in the world. Not only does Chicago gets its famous nickname, the Windy City, from the wind tunnels that surround the downtown area, but they originally received it after the local long-winded politicians.
Mary Mihelic is a NYC and Chicago-based artist.  After graduating from Boston College, she worked as a creative in the advertising industry and studied at the Museum School in Boston and at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York, and received her MFA from there in 2006.
Caridad Sola is a Miami & NYC-based multi-media visual artist and licensed architect. She has exhibited widely including the Lowe Art Museum in Miami, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, and A.I.R. Gallery in NYC, and the Arts + Literature Laboratory Gallery in New Haven, CT.
Naeem Mohaiemen with Gensler + Gutierrez, Louis Kahn’s Architecture
Consisting of a Louis Kahn-inspired architectural sculpture and text-based video projection, Naeem Mohaiemen with Gensler + Gutierrez’s installation explores the disjunction between the clean lines of Louis Kahn's public architecture, and the messy details of his lonely death in a men's room.
Naeem Mohaiemen works in Dhaka and New York. His projects include Disappeared in America at the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Young Man Was No Longer Terrorist at the Munich Dictionary of War, and Muslims or Heretics: My Camera Can Lie at the UK House of Lords. 
Gensler + Gutierrez is an interdisciplinary practice that explores material intelligence within contemporary urban ethos. Projects include Birdhousing, a collaboration with Materialab at Postmasters, Fence.ing Architecture Responsiveness-Subtle Technologies which was published by Architectural Riverside Press, and were Finalists of Escalator Walls at the Philadelphia Int'l Airport.
Heidi Neilson, World’s Largest Sundial, Long Island City, Queens
Using the prominent Citibank tower as the sundial's central shadow-casting spire ("gnomon"), Heidi Neilson’s project was created with the intention of revealing the World's Largest Sundial in Long Island City, Queens.  Viewers will be able to read/use the sundial with the aid of the drawings, a booklet guide and guided or downloadable PodCast tours.
Heidi Neilson has participated in residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and has exhibited at the International Center for Prints New York and The Drawing Center. She received an MFA from Pratt Institute.
Quintin Rivera Toro, Vieques, Puerto Rico
Quintin Rivera Toro’s video deals specifically with the remnant elements of the U.S. Navy presence in Vieques, Puerto Rico. This digitally altered performance takes place inside one of the many artillery storage spaces left unlocked.
Rivera Toro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and began his formal art studies in the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Río Piedras and finished with a B.F.A. in sculpture from Hunter College.  His work has been shown in various museums in Puerto Rico.
Chuck Sehman, Man-made Storage Facilities
Chuck Sehman is constructing a 10’ cube storage facility out of cardboard boxes. Chosen for their easy mobility and construction, the boxes are then painted to look like a self storage center.
Chuck Sehman graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Tim Spelios, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Tim Spelios’s piece is in homage to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Constructed out of a round drum set, this work represents the ideas of solidity and precariousness all in one disconcerting object.
Tim Spelios is a sound and multi-media artist, whose work has been shown at, Sarah Bowen Gallery, The Drawing Center, the Kitchen, Smack Mellon, Parkers Box, White Columns, Sculpture Center and Long Island University, among many others.

Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, Palatul/The Palace, Bucharest
Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor’s two-channel video follows a guided tour of the Palatul in Bucharest that highlights the history of the building, as well as the social implications it has as an architectural structure.
Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor have been artistically collaborating since 2000, and their artwork has been included in multiple international exhibitions.
Glen Walls, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, France
Glen Walls is interested in the idealistic, utopian vision of Modernist architecture, and how that idea, once manifested in concrete form, is subject to the corruptive and disruptive forces of everyday life.
Glen Walls received a Bachelor of Education degree in the Visual Arts from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Master’s Degree in Art from RMIT University in Australia. His work has been shown in Melbourne and Milan, Italy.
Seth Weiner, Unabomber’s Cabin, Montana
Seth Weiner has constructed a full-scale reproduction of the Unabomber’s cabin. Inside, there will be a digitally synthesized voice from beneath the floorboards reading passages from “Life Without Principle” by Henry David Throeau.
Seth Weiner received his S.M.Vis.S. in Visual Arts from M.I.T and a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited throughout the US.
Marion E. Wilson, John Jamelske residence, Syracuse, NY
Based on the residence of “dungeon rapist” John Jamelske, who built a concrete bunker under this house and kept girls as “sex slaves” in broad view of a suburban development outside of Syracuse, NY. Wilson will exhibit a sculpture representative of the dwelling as well as video and other documentation of Jamelske’s house.
Marion Wilson has exhibited at New Museum of Contemporary Art, Sculpture Center, Hallwalls, SPACES, Cleveland, OH, and Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts..  She is represented by Kasia Kay Gallery in Chicago and Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts in NYC.
Xing Danwen, Urban Fiction
Xing Danwen’s Urban Fiction series comment on the new western-looking residential buildings in Beijing.  Xing’s large scale photographs document actual real estate models complete with models enjoying the work and leisure spaces.
Xing Danwen received her BFA from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She exhibits her work internationally and are in museums and private collections.
Yarisal & Kublitz, Hotel Ibis, Amsterdam
Based on a small child’s string toy that disassembles and then reassembles a construction, Yarisal & Kublitz have created an interactive installation in the form of a model of the Hotel Ibis building.  The Hotel Ibis has an ugly but unique architectural style that has spread across Europe.
Ronnie Yarisal and Katja Kublitz currently live and work in Berlin, Germany. They have been the recipients of multiple awards and artist residencies in New York and Toronto. Their work has also been exhibited in Berlin, Geneva, and London.


Exit Art is an interdisciplinary laboratory for contemporary culture that explores the rich diversity of voices that continually shape art and ideas.  Since it’s founding in 1982 by Directors Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo, Exit Art has presented over 2,500 artists and has grown from a pioneering alternative art space, bringing attention to the work of under-recognized artists, into a model cultural center for the 21st century.  With a substantial reputation for curatorial innovation and depth of programming in diverse media, Exit Art’s exhibitions, performances and programs respond to culturally resonant themes, empowering artists to redefine their artistic sensibility.  Exit Art is internationally recognized for its unmatched spirit of inventiveness, commitment to supporting artists, and consistent ability to anticipate the newest trends in the culture.  A place where different disciplines and audiences converge and cross-pollinate, it is a key site for excavating the unwritten histories of contemporary art and culture.

General exhibition support has been provided by Altria Inc., Brown Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, New York State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Starry Night Fund at The Tides Foundation, Exit Art’s Board of Trustees and our members.
Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street. Exit Art is open each Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm; Friday, 10 am – 8 pm; Saturday, noon – 8 pm Closed Sunday and Monday.  There is a suggested donation of $5.  For more information, the public may call 212-966-7745 or visit www.exitart.org.

Contact: Jodi Hanel, jodi {AT} exitart.org

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Jodi Hanel
Associate Curator
Exit Art
475 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-966-7745 x22

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