Welcome to Wonderland. The Invisible Dog’s second winter group show – just in time for the holidays. This exhibition will feature paintings, photographs, sculptures, and illustrations from 20 different artists.
You are sure to recognize artists from past exhibitions at the Invisible Dog and others from our studios – but the rest are new talent for you to discover.
2FIK, Jon Burgerman, Halsey Chait, Simon Courchel, Andrea De Felice, Lars van Dooren , Ryan Frank, Camille de Galbert, Michael Hili, Oliver Jeffers, Isabelle Laug, Abe McNally, Lawrence Mesich, Anne Mourier, Dara Oshin, Claudia Paneca, Mac Premo, Mathilde Roussel, Aaron Ruff, Sayeh Sarfaraz, William Suran, Leonard Sussman, Ian Trask, Peter Treiber Jr., Julie Tremblay, Kevin Waldron, John Whitlock.
Distributed Risk, 2015
Medium: steel, video monitors, four channel video
Dimensions: 162″H x 29.5″W x 52.5″D
In June 1978, Citigroup discovered that their newly built headquarters, Citicorp Center, was structurally unsound and in danger of collapsing. Over the next six months the company repaired the damage in secret, and the story of that effort was not made public for another sixteen years. In 2007, Citigroup’s investments in subprime mortgages and related derivatives nearly caused the collapse of both the company’s finances and the global economy. My current work uses these historical narratives as its material, contrasting and reframing the company’s reactions to crises to wryly explore it’s philosophies, beliefs, and practices, and their effects on the world around it. Put another way: if corporations are legally considered people, what kind of “person” is Citigroup?
Distributed Risk stretches the façade of One Court Square across four successively smaller video monitors that attach to a free standing sculpture made of steel beams, with the building moving upwards at a slow, constant crawl. I wanted this piece to address the 2008 financial crisis, and an infinitely tall building seemed to embody the persistent fantasy of perpetual growth that grips the financial industry whenever a market bubble is about to burst. The video acts as a perverse data visualization, with the building as a perpetually growing bar graph.
Lawrence Mesich was born in Nashville, TN and raised in Chattanooga, TN. His fascination with and exploration of the spaces created by Chattanooga’s rapid development and abandoned industrial infrastructure formed a lifelong interest in the dialogue between bodies, behavior, and architecture, which continues to inform his work. He received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1999, and received a MFA from Stony Brook University in 2005. His work has shown in New York, Miami, and Chicago, and his videos have screened in the US, Europe, and Australia. He received a Queens Art Fund grant in 2015. Lawrence currently lives in Brooklyn and works in Queens, NY, where he has maintained a studio for six years.
You Are Reading This, 2015
Permanent installation on the facade of The Invisible Dog
Dimensions: 459″ x 65″
Mac Premo is a visual artist and commercial director who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. He has won 8 New York Emmy® Awards for his video and animation work, including awards for best commercial, photography, set design and best public service announcement.Mac’s art has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including PS1 MOMA in Queens and The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. He has initiated and participated in several public art projects in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mac wrote, performed and set designed a one-man play, The Luckiest Arab in Belfast which was shown at The Invisible Dog and in Belfast. He and his team are currently working with Sanford Shapes on making skateboard decks out of upcycled materials. Mac’s fine art is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City and he is a NYFA fellow. Mac lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two totally radical daughters.
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