Andreas Gursky has long been interested in electronic music and for more than a decade his photographs of raves and concerts have made up an important part of his work. For his newest pictures, he has photographed The Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, a famous German nightclub designed by his friend, the DJ Sven Vath. new series of paintings and ten graphite drawings. In this solo show, Terry Wintersnew presents a series of paintings and ten graphite drawings.
Andreas Gursky - Cocoon
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Andreas Gursky, on view in his galleries at 523 West 24th Street and 526 West 22nd Street. The exhibition will include five large-scale photographs and is Gursky’s sixth exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery since 1997.
Gursky has long been interested in electronic music and for more than a decade his photographs of raves and concerts have made up an important part of his work. For his newest pictures, Gursky has photographed The Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, a famous German nightclub designed by his friend, the DJ Sven Väth. The club resembles a futuristic hive and two of the photographs on view depict nearly 1000 people dancing, watching and being watched. Two other photographs show the club emptied of its clientele, highlighting the unusual architecture. In one, the artist appears for the first time in a self-portrait with his son.
A photograph made in a coal mine near Gursky’s home in Düsseldorf, called “Hamm, Bergwerk Ost”, will also be on view. The photograph shows a locker room ceiling and the innovative way in which miners store their clothes. Founded in 1873, the mine extends to a depth of 1500 meters and employs 2500. Earlier this year it was announced that the mine will be shut in 2010 as part of a government plan to close all coal facilities by 2018 because it has become cheaper to acquire coal from abroad.
Terry Winters: Knotted Graphs
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Terry Winters: Knotted Graphs, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. Comprised of two new series of paintings and ten graphite drawings, this exhibition will be Winters’ seventh at Matthew Marks Gallery.
The paintings on view in this exhibition mark an important step forward in Winters’ oeuvre. The influence of scientific theory is present in familiar grids and patterns upon which the images are built, and yet they possess a spontaneity and fluid movement in space that breaks away from any kind of rigid underpinning. One important reason for this is the artist’s decision to use transparent lake pigments almost exclusively. The artist notes that the transparency of the paints allows for one to witness “all the events that went into the making of the painting”.
In the paintings, columnar forms suggested by built-up geometric patterns appear alongside mathematically derived shapes which the artist calls “knot-forms”. In the catalog for the exhibition, Kathryn Tuma observes in her essay that, “the theoretical nature of these figures is significant, and is entwined with [Winters’] interest in the generation of new pictorial spaces. Winters’s knots are abstract conceptual figures culled from knot theory, a specialized area of topology involving the study of mathematical knots—defined as closed curves in space whose lines do not touch or intersect”.
Winters continues to investigate the complexities of space that painting alone is able to conjure, drawing on the tension between organic and in-organic forms. Tuma notes that Winters’ new work, “speaks not of forms but of forces and intensities, not of the stabilities of the grid but of dynamic movement – of some of the conceptual possibilities available to pictorial space when one pushes paint around and through and ultimately off the grid”.
Opening: Wednesday, November 5, 6 - 8PM
Matthew Marks Gallery
522 West 22 Street - New York