Iris Flügel und Kai Schiemenz
LUSH LIFE – Chapter 4: Let it Die at Lehmann Maupin Gallery
An exhibition inspired by Richard Price's novel of the same title
Featuring Artists in Nine Lower East Side Galleries, New York
Lehmann Maupin announces its participation in LUSH LIFE, an exhibition curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud and inspired by Richard Price's 2008 novel of the same title. LUSH LIFE includes 60 artists, and nine Lower East Side galleries, including Lehmann Maupin. Each gallery will feature a sub-exhibition reflecting the idea of one of the nine chapters in the novel. Evans and Lopez-Chahoud selected one artist from each gallery and solicited additional artist recommendations from each of them to participate in the exhibition.
I‘m not here to make friends is built as a model of an air-garden, an air-garden of decay in an open cubic structure. Air plants, for instance Tillandsia and orchids, which take their nutrition out of the air and oyster mushrooms, which once they are seated in a cultur medium need no further nutrition.
A forest, growing at its own over years, decades, yet all the plants are rooted in the air. You can actually sit there and contemplate about Charles Darwin, everyday, every week, watching those slow and ancient roots push deeper and deeper into the earth. Worms crawl, as if through space, forming tunnels – underground landscapes of air.
Lehmann Maupin will represent Chapter Four: Let it Die and will exhibit the work of Jackie Saccoccio, Jessica Dickinson, Matthew Weinstein, Dani Leventhal, Rashid Johnson, Claudia Weber, Jose Lerma, Kai Schiemenz, Iris Fluegel, Robert Beck, Robert Melee, Tommy Hartung, Nina Lola Bachhuber, Cynthia Lin and Amy Longenecker-Brown. Chapter four in Price's novel addresses the attempt to ignore and let a story die, to allow for a neighborhood's history to die, and to actively bury the past and the difficulty of finding a fairer answer/resolution to a complex situation.
Both Jackie Saccoccio and Jessica Dickinson offer works that through their process-based painting and drawing emphasize the physical layers of residue to a literal past. Saccoccio's work looks to an earlier era (mid-century New York abstraction). Dani Leventhal's blood/skinning drawings, Matthew Weinstein's death-tracking skeletal hand and frisbee, and Rashid Johnson's literal death reflection mirror present the subject as non-elusively and frontal.
Claudia Weber, Jose Lerma, Kai Schiemenz, Iris Fluegel, Nina Lola Bachhuber, and Amy Longenecker-Brown will be making work specific to the consideration of both history passing (its death) and the neighborhood in transition, both themes of Price's novel. Robert Melee's and Tommy Hartung's sculptures challenge the ease to which a past can disappear and/or morph into a new form. Cynthia Lin's larger-than-life distorted drawing of skin has an allusion to a possible lifeless state. While, Robert Beck's site-specific shrine alludes to the shrine in the novel that emerges after the murder and erodes in a short week.
Collective Opening Reception
A collective opening of all participating galleries will take place on Thursday, July 8th from 6–9 pm, however, exhibition dates throughout June and July will vary for each gallery.
About the Novel
Price's novel is set in the contemporary Lower East Side and, through a murder investigation, exposes the dynamically changing community of the neighborhood, which despite its evolution retains a ghostly and vital link to its layered past. The deep and varied history of the neighborhood now includes the Lower East Side galleries as new community members. The premise of community is reflected in the cooperative nature of the galleries' and artists' participation in the exhibition, which uses Price's novel to critically consider concepts of neighborhood and change. LUSH LIFE will be the present for what will become a living ghost to the future form into which the Lower East Side will inevitably morph.
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