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Threads of Memory: One Thousand Ways of Saying Goodbye

THREADS OF MEMORY
ONE THOUSAND WAYS OF SAYING GOODBYE
October 21 – November 15, 2017

Gallery Wendi Norris’ final exhibition at 161 Jessie Street, Threads of Memory: One Thousand Ways of Saying Goodbye, presents a celebratory survey of the gallery’s program, including emblematic works by each of the 18 represented artists. The exhibition highlights the rigorous and richly varied artworks that anchor the gallery’s transcultural approach, while tracing threads of influence and connection between the artists.  Leonora Carrington’s Operation Wednesday (1969), an exquisitely rendered canvas commemorating and mourning students who were killed in violent uprisings in Mexico in 1968, is juxtaposed by Ana Teresa Fernández’ new small canvases from her Erasure series, paintings that document a performance by the artist to honor the 43 students who were unjustly killed as a way to silence their protests in a more recent 2014 tragedy. Firelei Báez’ Study for Flight No.1 (archived, the order of Anacaona) (2017) is juxtaposed with Dorothea Tanning’s 1960 oil, Visite jaune (Visite éclair), two paintings that strike a deft balance between abstraction and figuration. Also on view are video works by Julio César Morales, Ranu Mukherjee and Miguel Angel Ríos, experimental photographs by Christine Elfman, Chris Fraser, Yamini Nayar, and Eva Schlegel, paintings on canvas by Marcel Jean, Wolfgang Paalen and Peter Young, and a precious wooden object by Remedios Varo.

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Yorgo Alexopoulos 2017

Yorgo Alexopoulos
Drifting on a Memory
September 21- October 14, 2017

Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Yorgo Alexopoulos: Drifting on a Memory, the Los Angeles-based artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

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(ism): 80 Years of Nonconformity

(ism): 80 Years of Nonconformity
July 13 – September 15, 2017

Gallery Wendi Norris presents new and never-before-exhibited modern and contemporary artworks by Firelei Baez, Chitra Ganesh, Yamini Nayar, Wolfgang Paalen, Eva Schlegel, Dorothea Tanning and Peter Young. Spanning the years 1935 – 2017, the careful selection of works represent important art historical moments of the last 80 years, while never fitting neatly or distinctly within their respective categorical ‘boxes’. The presentation will weave together early perspectives of Paalen on the spirituality of abstraction from the 1930s, with the whimsy-infused formalism of Young that emerged in the 1970s and the sculptural photo explorations of Yamini Nayar; simultaneously, Tanning’s kaleidoscopic 1960s abstractions that subtly suggest human form, with the bold, mythological feminist figures of Chitra Ganesh and Firelei Báez.

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Michael Fliri: Becomings

Michael Fliri
Michael Fliri
Becomings
November 10, 2016 – January 14, 2017

For Italian/German artist Michael Fliri’s debut solo exhibition in the United States, Becomings features seven Artistone, paint, metal and MDF sculptural objects in the form of masks on finely crafted custom podiums. These works are from his series Where Do I End and the World Begins. Utilizing the collection of the International Mask Museum, Germany, as source material, the work inverts the mask as a sculptural object and redefines its meaning. These sculptures express a space between cultures or a moment in one’s own personal evolution. They describe the process of building identity and the construction of personas. Fliri achieves this by casting the interior surface of traditional ethnic masks for use as the exterior of a new mask and then uses casts of the exterior of another culture’s mask as the interior of the first mask. In this way, the artist inverts a cultural signifier of ritual and identity and enables a mask from Mexico to “look through” a Japanese mask, and the inside of a mask from Korea to be in contact with a mask from Tibet.

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Marcel Jean “Stellar Games”

Marcel Jean
Stellar Games
November 10, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Stellar Games, a debut solo exhibition of the distinguished work of Surrealist French artist and scholar Marcel Jean (1900-1993). Stellar Games presents a rare collection of 15 intimate gouache, ink and flottage paintings on masonite and 11 India ink, graphite and gouache drawings on paper produced between the years 1939-1975. Holding a preeminent position amongst Surrealist scholars and artists, Marcel Jean was an explorer of the psyche and a pioneer of the imagination whose works convey narratives of psychic spaces and transformative landscapes. Objects, landscapes and figures flow between layers of symbolic, sexual and subconscious meaning. The motif of a head, bound, affected or abstracted, which the artist used to great success in his earlier work The Spectre of Gardenia (1936), returns in some of these later paintings, alluding to the way dreams can disrupt the seat of consciousness. Jean’s pioneering use of the flottage technique remains unique amongst artists, and explores chance operation while advancing the Surrealist practice of the automatic painting. These intimate and complex works demonstrate the artist’s inextinguishable creativity in the creation of psychological dreamscapes and the founding of delicate, impossible worlds.

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