New. New York
Art from Brooklyn at the Essl Museum
Essl Museum has become one of the most important Austrian forums for
contemporary art. The Deutsche Bank Foundation is a partner of the
institution and supports the "emerging artists" series that presents
the work of promising young artists every two years. This is also the
case with the show „New. New York“.
||Asked how she would explain her work to a stranger, Letha Wilson
responded: “Sometimes I describe it as taking a beautiful landscape
photograph and then punching it in the face.” Indeed, her photo
installation Rock Face (2011) in the exhibition New. New York
looks as though a comet has fallen from the sky. A huge rock presses
heavily into a photograph of a landscape panorama in the American West.
The photo is bent inward, lending it three-dimensionality and almost
palpable depth. In the work, Wilson paradoxically demonstrates both the
limitations and unlimited possibilities of photography. Her
installation, which can be seen immediately on entering New. New York, questions the borders between photography and sculpture. The show at the Essl Museum , supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation,
surveys current art making in Brooklyn. But it is not merely about new
trends or New York’s importance as a global art metropolis. The
exhibition primarily shows how these artists experiment with media,
materials, and genres to develop novel forms and formats. The spectrum
of New. New York extends from painting and object-based art to conceptual installation and documentary film.
Essl Museum, founded in 1999, set itself the goal of promoting young
artists with new perspectives. The museum, which is situated in
Klosterneuburg near Vienna, offers them a high-publicity platform for
their work, particularly with the “emerging artists” exhibition series.
The series presents artists and regions that have not been discovered
by the art market yet. Many of these artists have found access to the
international art scene. For this reason, the Deutsche Bank Foundation
committed itself to “emerging artists” and within this framework
supported the exhibitions Austria Contemporary and India Awakens, a show featuring Indian artists that received international acclaim.
Artist-curator John Silvis
visited a number of studios and art spaces, particularly in the
Bushwick neighborhood, and chose 19 artists from various generations.
One feature that stands out is how often the artists work with
handicraft and design. For the past 12 years, the brothers Steven and William Ladd
have been creating their hyperaesthetic objects. The two collect items
and pack them into artfully made boxes, which they then stack on top of
one another to create towerlike sculptures. Along with conducting
such formal experiments as these, many of the artists in the exhition
address the social realities of New York: in A Way In (2012), video artist Shelly Silver accompanies an aging gay Chinese man on his return to Chinatown, sketching a topography of the area and its inhabitants. New. New York gives us not only a deliberately fresh look, but an alternative, empathic view of the city and its artists.
NEW. NEW YORK
11/23/12 - 04/01/13