Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...
In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
P·P·O·W is pleased to present Foskers & Egg Whites, Ben Gocker's third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Ben Gocker's body of work incorporates drawings, paintings, installations, sculptures, and assemblages. In each, Gocker often takes as his starting point the ephemeral or overlooked—doodles, marginalia, forgettable chapbooks of self-published poetry, cornerstore books of dreams and numbers—and pairs them with equally minor materials: sawdust, peanuts, carpet remnants, wood scraps from framers' shops, and found objects from thrift stores, dumps, and the curb.
With Foskers & Egg Whites, Gocker presents a new body of large-scale assemblages fashioned from carved and painted wood pieces, tin cans, wire, rocks, and newspaper. These new brightly coloured, quilt-like arrangements look both forward and backward; many of the pieces in the show include elements from older works which have been disassembled and reincorporated here. Taking their cues from children's puzzle books and dollar store word search collections, the pieces in the show are straight forward by way of mystery, and mysterious by way of the mundane. In the show's largest work, The End is the Beginning, words that begin and end with the same letter (Xerox destroyed toast/thermostat sorceress) swirl around an anthropomorphic lion carved from wood who smiles in a frozen trot above either a sinkhole or a supernova. Or both.
Employing a kind of rough and ready marquetry, Gocker revitalises the reconstructed fragments in this exhibition to propose a new approach to expressionism, materiality, and poetic space.
Ben Gocker (b. 1979, Rochester, New York) lives and works in Tupper Lake, New York. He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions nationwide, most recently at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT, Gocker has given readings at Simone Subal Gallery, James Fuentes Gallery, and the New Museum. His works are in private and public collections nationally and have been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New Yorker.
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