Heliotropes

Curated by Matthew Nichols

James Case-Leal, William Cordova, Angeles Cossio, Marsha Cottrell, Chris Duncan, Igor Eskinja, Rosemarie Fiore, Nicolai Howalt, Owen Kydd, Gustavo Prado, Hanna Sandin

June 9 – July 15, 2016

Installation View, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Nicolai Howalt, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Hanna Sandin, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Marsha Cottrell, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Installation View, Angeles Cossio, Heliotropes, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2016

Gusavo Prado, The First Days of Uqbar, metal, mirrors, potted plants, dimensions variable, 2016

William Cordova, Untitled  (Crowns), reclaimed sunglass lenses, wire, glue, 2.25" x 14.5" x 14.25", 2013

Rosemarie Fiore, Smoke Eclipse #46, lit smoke firework residue on Sunray paper, 28" x 28", 2015

Marsha Cottrell, Untitled (9:27:59am), laser toner on paper, 8.5" x 11", unique, 2016

Marsha Cottrell, Untitled (12:05:25PM), laser toner on paper, 11" x 8.5", unique, 2016

James Case-Leal, Fourth Sun 5, wood, Belgian linen, PVA, pigment: carbon, money ash, hanza 10G, napthol, stolen IKB, quinacridone magenta, dioxazine violet, zinc, sulfur, 23" x 19", 2015

Chris Duncan, Bedroom Window (Red) 6 Month Exposure, Winter-Summer 2015, direct sunlight on fabric, 66" x 54", 2015

Owen Kydd, Untitled (Ground), Video on 22 inch display monitor in custom frame, 16" x 16" x 7", 2015

Nicolai Howalt, Light Break/Wavelength no. 729-5 nanometer, unique analog C-print photogram, 11.25" x 9.25" framed , 2015

Nicolai Howalt, Light Break/Wavelength no. 723-5 nanometer, unique analog C-print photogram, 11.25" x 9.25" framed, 2015

Nicolai Howalt, Light Break/Wavelength no. 423-4 nanometer, unique analog C-print photogram, 11.25" x 9.25" framed, 2015

Igor Eskinja, Diagrams of Accumulation, sun process and collage on paper, 23.6" x 19.7", 2015

Press Release

Geary Contemporary is pleased to present Heliotropes, a group show curated by Matthew Nichols that features work by James Case-Leal, William Cordova, Angeles Cossio, Marsha Cottrell, Chris Duncan, Igor Eskinja, Rosemarie Fiore, Nicolai Howalt, Owen Kydd, Gustavo Prado, and Hanna Sandin.  The exhibition will be on view from June 9 to July 15, 2016.  An opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 9, from 6 to 8 PM.

 

The word “heliotrope” names at least two particular things in the world: a popular garden plant that turns its purple flowers toward the sun; and a mirrored instrument once used by land surveyors to reflect sunlight across long distances.  As the title of a summer group show, the word is being creatively misread to encompass an array of visual motifs that address the sun and explore its numerous attributes.

 

In some of the works on display the sun appears in familiar pictorial guises – as a disc, an orb, a spray of radiance.  In the hands of other artists, the sun is referenced obliquely, through its manifold effects on our terrestrial realm – warmth, illumination, rotation, nourishment.  The formal and metaphorical range of the works is wide, and is matched by a diversity of materials and processes, including novel approaches to painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture.  As such, Heliotropes not only confirms the obvious centrality of the sun to our earthly existence, but also speaks to its otherworldly resistance to full comprehension and singular representation.

 

Matthew Nichols is Associate Professor of art history at Christie’s Education, New York.