IN THE PRIVATE EYE
January 18 – February 29, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 6-8pm
Curatorial talk with a performance by Nin Brudermann:
Friday, February 8, 6-8pm
ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION
555 Broadway, Basement Floor, New York, NY 10012
(Between Prince and Spring Street)
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6 pm
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Anna Von Mertens
Curated by Yaelle Amir
ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present In the Private Eye, a group exhibition curated by Yaelle Amir, and featuring works by the artists Nin Brudermann, Carlos Motta, Trevor Paglen, Dannielle Tegeder, Anna Von Mertens, and Amy Westpfahl.
These six artists continuously challenge the conventions of artistic practice, as they adopt an investigative approach to give form to matters that are either inherently obscured or altogether overwritten by time. Aided by modern technology that affords them unlimited access to information—they seek to unearth truths that illuminate various aspects of our current reality.
Doubling as researchers, scientists, historians, or detectives, these artists are prompted by far-fetched clues and minuscule details buried in the vast and peculiar nature of our culture. Over time, they amass bits of information, which enable them to construct a visual narrative that bears both individual and collective implications. By employing bold and unconventional methods, they ultimately broaden our understanding of historical, cultural, and scientific issues. A celestial pattern, a desolate weapon-testing facility, a forgotten cemetery, a deserted cabinet, a combat training school, and mysterious disappearances of individuals—have all led to the development of each of the six comprehensive projects included in this exhibition.
With curiosity and motivation serving as the artists' catalyst to delve further into diverse realms, these works expose a history of a place, an object, or a life—thus making visible that which could have otherwise remained permanently concealed.
Image: Carlos Motta, SOA: Black and White Text (detail), from the series SOA, Black and White Tales,chalk on board, dimensions variable, 2006
Posted by Joyce Manalo // New York City based Brooklyn Art Project Blog Editor and Founder of ArtForward