New Works: 03.2
New Works: 03.2
July 10 ?ptember 14, 2003
Spencer Finch New York, New York
Koo Jeong-a Seoul, Korea
Erick Swenson Dallas, Texas
Selected by Daniel Birnbaum
About the Artist
A traveler visits Cairo, takes pictures, and sends them home. The images
arrive with no words? photographs are presumed to tell the whole story.
But does one moment captured on film convey the breadth of sights, sounds,
and smells of a day spent at the pyramids? Years later will it remind the
traveler of the particular glare of the Egyptian sun or the emotions felt in the
face of such physical history?
Through various media Spencer Finch, a constant traveler and scholar of
history, confronts the difficulties of "truly" representing a subjective experience.
What does a photograph leave out? Can words on a page really do it? In
many of his works the burden of memory often placed on photographs and
language is transferred onto a less-considered and more interactive medium:
light. A trip to the ancient site of Troy resulted in Eos (Dawn, Troy),
(2002), an installation of fluorescent lights that fan out across the gallery
ceiling to recreate the bluish tint of day breaking on the Trojan Plain. This
piece, like others by Finch, questions normative notions of color, language,
vision, memory, perception, and representation.
Spencer Finch was born in New Haven, CT in 1962 and now lives and works
in New York, NY. In 1985 he received a BA in Comparative Literature from
Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode
Island School of Design, Providence, RI, in 1989. Finch has had solo shows
at Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY (2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994);
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (2001); and the Wadsworth Atheneum,
Hartford, CT (1997). His group exhibitions include Once, then something
at the Sculpture Center, New York, NY (2001); Eye Spy, Contemporary
Arts Museum, Houston, TX (1999); and Promising Suspects, The Aldrich
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (1994).
About the Project
Spencer Finch's projects at ArtPace have evolved out of his time in
Texas. As in previous works, each relates to the physical and historical
particulars of a geographic area or site?this case San Antonio and its
environs. Finch uses light, color, photography, and text to abstractly articulate
his understanding of the Lone Star State.
For Paris/Texas Finch has tethered his present travels to those of
his recent past?ultaneously drawing out connections and emphasizing
the specific nature of his current location. Finch arrived in San Antonio after a
visit to France, and brought with him measurements of the light that came
through his Parisian hotel window in January. Using colored glass panels to
filter the Texas glare, Finch recreates at ArtPace the quality of light on that
day in France. The stained glass both temporarily grafts the history of French
craft onto an American modernist building, and facilitates a dialectical
relationship between the harsh beauty of both Texan summers and Parisian
Buried Treasure brings another piece of the outside into the art gallery.
Finch has fabricated a treasure hunt complete with gold coins and maps
drawn in invisible ink. Framed maps to several sites in South Texas hang in
the gallery, tempting the viewer by protecting their secrets until someone is
bold enough to destroy the piece in order to find the gold (the ink only reveals
itself when the paper is heated). Like many of his other works, Buried
Treasure hints at Finch's impressions of the place he is in.
Spencer Finch's unlikely approximations suggest that there are multiple ways
of representing the world and commemorating our experiences on it. His
installations challenge the idea that objectivity exists.
July 10 ?ptember 14, 2003
Thursday, July 10, 2003, 6:30-8:30 PM
Friday, July 11, 6:30-8:00 PM
Featuring Spencer Finch, Koo Jeong-a, and Erick Swenson. Moderated by
Daniel Birnbaum, Curator and Director of Stdelschule Art Academy and
Portikus Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.
Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, August 6, 2003, 12:00-1:00 PM
Join us for a tour of New Works: 03.2 and a brown bag lunch provided by
Pecan Street Deli. Please call ArtPace to make reservations.
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