Spencer Finch's work entwines a scientific methodology and a poetic sensibility. Using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, photography and installations, he distills his views of the world into glowing abstract colour. Shirazeh Houshiary presents previously unseen large scale canvases, smaller paintings and sculpture. Also on display her first film-based work shown on a LCD screen.
Lisson Gallery is delighted to announce Spencer Finch's first major solo presentation in London. Finch's work entwines a scientific methodology and a poetic sensibility. Using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, photography and installations using fluorescent lights with coloured filters, Finch distills his views of the world into glowing abstract colour. Each work has its origin in Finch's own observation of a particular time or place with a lingering historical resonance, such as Troy in Eos (Dawn, Troy, 10/27/02) or Paris/Texas (France at dusk on January 8, 2003). Lux and Lumen will include new installations, a video work and works on paper.
For his exhibition at Lisson Gallery Finch will create two new installations, resulting from a residency in New Zealand. One of the works will transform London daylight through the use of coloured filters. Affixed directly to the window of the gallery, the filters will recreate the light of the southern hemisphere.
Lux and Lumen will also present a second major new installation that will use solar panels to transform sunlight into moonlight. The collected sunlight will be converted into energy to power light bulbs. These glowing bulbs will evoke moonlight on a June evening in London.
Also on show will be West (SuAlso on show will be West (Sunset in my motel room, Monument Valley, February 26, 2007, 5:36 - 6:06 pm) (2007). This piece, with light projected from nine video monitors, replicates the waning sunset. The monitors will play a selection of stills from John Ford's 1956 epic Western The Searchers. The stills will change once a minute over a 30-minute period mimicking the colour and intensity of the fading twilight Finch precisely measured in the Monument Valley Desert, where The Searchers was shot.
Spencer Finch was born in 1962 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Hamilton College in New York and Doshisha University in Kyoto and has exhibited extensively internationally. Finch had a major solo exhibition What Time Is It On The Sun? at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts in 2007 which was accompanied by a monograph with essays by Susan Cross and Daniel Birnbaum. He will have a large solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre from 24 October 2008 – 4 January 2009 and his public art project with Creative Time The River that Flows Both Ways for the High Line in New York City will be on view from autumn 2008-9. Finch's work is held in important museum collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; MASS MoCA, Massachusetts and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Lisson Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new work by Shirazeh Houshiary. The exhibition will include previously unseen large scale canvases, smaller paintings and sculpture. Also on display will be Houshiary's first film-based work shown on a LCD screen. For this exhibition Houshiary has created seven new large-scale paintings. Executed on either black or white monochromatic canvas the delicate markings of her pencil are elusive and change in our vision over time. Each mark represents a word, the meaning of which remains unknown. These meticulous pencil traces create a second surface layer, contrasting with the solid aquacryl background. This new layer hovers in front of our eyes, at the very edge of perception, like a floating veil.
The exhibition will also include a new body of towers conceived in collaboration with the architect Pip Horne. Undoing the Knot, 2008, is a six-and-a-half-metre sculptural tower made of anodised blue aluminium. It will be exhibited on Lisson Gallery's new outdoor sculpture area. Two smaller towers, one pink, one turquoise, measuring just under three metres, will stand inside the gallery. Further works on display will include a new computer animated film entitled Shroud, 2007, shown on a 53 inch LCD screen. The abstract theme of the film is based on two of Houshiary's paintings and places itself between form and formlessness, presence and invisibility. Shroud, 2007 was conceived with the assistance of Mark Hatchard at Hotbox Studios.
Shirazeh Houshiary was born in Shiraz, Iran and has lived and worked in London since the mid-1970s. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and has been awarded Professorship at the London Institute. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994. Her work can be found in major public collections worldwide including MOMA, New York; Guggenheim, New York; The British Council Collection, London, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Prato, Italy. Houshiary's work formed a key part of MOMA's 2006 exhibition Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, curated by Fereshteh Daftari. Recent projects include Bloom, 2006, a six-metre tower permanently installed in Midtown Tokyo. Over the past year Houshiary has worked on a new East window for St Martin-in-the-Fields, which will be unveiled in late April 2008. The minimal design will add light to the famous church and is one of the most significant pieces of religious art commissioned in London in recent years. Both these projects were realised in collaboration with the architect Pip Horne.
On the occasion of this exhibition, Lisson Gallery is publishing a catalogue with an essay by Mel Gooding.
Image: Spencer Finch
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