Artists Space

Deterritorialization of Process

February 3 – March 25, 2000

Main Gallery

Bill Abbott, Carol Irving, Chris Johansen, Larry Krone, Ellen Lesperance, Yunhee Min, and Paul Mittleman

This group show, curated by artist Michael Joo, features new work by seven emerging artists.

Black and white mixed-media drawings of cartoonish, smiling faces.
Chris Johansen. [Black and white mixed-media drawings of cartoonish, smiling faces.]

Opening Thursday, February 3, 6 - 8pm.
An artist talk will be held at the gallery on February 5 at 3pm.

Taking as its theme what is perceived to be the recent development of an intuitive approach to conceptual art practice, this exhibition presents artists who are keenly aware of the process of getting from point A to point B by way of mapping systems. As Joo states: "sidetrips and seemingly illogical deviations in processes fit with­in the very maps evident in the artwork. The work itself is a visual description of the intuitive process, a brain imaging system at work."

Bill Abbott (New York City) references such obscure sources as military battle plans and heraldry in his paintings. Carol Irving's (New York City) extended stay in Vietnam has produced mesmerizing paint­ings on bamboo curtains, with imagery that documents historical events. Graphic designer Paul Mittleman samples images from popular visual culture. Chris Johansen (San Francisco) makes installations that chron­icle urban existence. Yunhee Min's (Los Angeles) installations fuse minimalist painting and architectural space. Larry Krone (New York City) scripts country music lyrics with hair trapped under glass, and Ellen Lesperance (New York City) uses the coded language of knitting to create incredibly detailed maps of both the human body and everyday detritus.

Michael Joo is represented in New York by Anton Kern Gallery and was most recently selected for the 2000 Whitney Biennial.