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Daniel Joseph Martinez at The Amie and Tony James Gallery, CUNY

Daniel Joseph Martinez at The Amie and Tony James Gallery, CUNY

City University of New York (CUNY)
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Daniel Joseph Martinez
the west bank is missing,
i am not dead, am i
Dec 11 – Jan 4, 2009The Amie and Tony James Gallery
The Graduate Center of the
City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

http://www.gc.cuny.edu/events/art_gallery.htm

Reception with the artist
Dec 10, 6-8PM

Hours: Tues – Fri 12-8PM
Sat – Sun 12-6PM

PEOPLE “WEEKLY”
OCTOBER 2, 2008 – FEBRUARY 28, 2009

People “Weekly,” the inaugural exhibition of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Amie and Tony James Gallery, is a sequential group show comprising six specially commissioned artist projects and a small “exhibition-within-the exhibition” curated by gallery director, Linda Norden.

Daniel Joseph Martinez’s new project for the James Gallery, the west bank is missing, i am not dead, am i, is the product of years of meditation on the utopian aspirations of Modernist architecture and the political after-effects so many of the most ambitious Modernist developments have on current communities and everyday life. The artist’s focus is the little-known relationship between a planned suburban community in Irvine, California, and the settlement housing conceived by former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for Israel’s West Bank initiative. Sharon was a practicing architect before he was elected Prime Minister and that fact, along with his professed interest in the Irvine tract-homes and the more celebrated Case Study housing that inspired these, serve as source for Martinez’s sculptural, topological allegory. Martinez was also inspired by the expansive window exposure of the James Gallery and, more specifically, by the graded sidewalk outside, which imposes an upward or downward procession as one walks along the building’s façade and looks in and down on the gallery interior.

Martinez magnifies the uncanny but deliberate similarities in the architecture of these distant communities. Using clear vacuform to create scale-model reliefs of the respective housing blocks, he embeds these into two circular cast-aluminum tracks, transforming the models into spectacular abstract sculpture.

The resulting plastic-fantastic sculptural tracks are as scary as they are beautiful. They remind us at once that the forms inspired by Modernism’s utopian values and vision retain an aura of possibility, and that the deferred future so integral to Modernism’s promise has arrived. The spaceship has landed, the bombs have gone off, the market is crashing. And we are not dead, are we.

NOW ON VIEW

Barbara Kruger, Untitled
October 2 – February 28, 2009
(window installations)

Daniel Joseph Martinez, ‘the west bank is missing, i am not dead, am i,’ 2008
December 11 – January 4, 2009
(Reception, December 10, 6-8PM)

UPCOMING

January 17 – January 31, 2009
Thomas Torres Cordova, Everybody Loves the Sunshine, 2007; I wish you could color correct my films for the rest of my life, 2007
(Reception and performance by the artist, January 21, 6-8PM)

February 11-February 28, 2009
Yunhee Min, For instance
(Reception, February 19, 6-8PM)

People “Weekly”

Barbara Kruger Untitled
October 2 – February 28
(window installations)

Yunhee Min, For instance
October 2 – November 30

What You Wish For
October 8 – 22
Barbara Kruger, Justice, 1997
Rachel Mason, My Cabinet, 2004–ongoing
William Pope.L, One Substance, Eight Supports,
One Situation, 2008
BIN (Version 2), 2008
Art Spiegelman, Breakdowns, 2008
Meredith James and Jacques Louis Ramon Vidal, True Stories, 2008
William Klein, In and Out of Fashion, 1998

Linda Pollack, Habeas Lounge
October 29 – November 6
(with Rachel Mason, My Cabinet )

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, with Lisa Barbash &Ernst Karel, Sheep Rushes, 2000-8
November 15 – November 30)

Daniel Joseph Martinez, the west bank is missing, i am not dead, am i, 2008
December 11 – January 4, 2009
(Reception, December 10, 6-8PM)

Thomas Torres Cordova, Everybody Loves the Sunshine, 2007; I wish you could color correct my films for the rest of my life, 2007
January 17 – January 31, 2009
(Reception and a performance by the artist January 21, 6-8PM)

Yunhee Min, For instance
February 11-February 28, 2009
(Reception, February 19, 6-8PM)

Image above:
Daniel Joseph Martinez

For more information go to: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/events/art_gallery.htm