532 West 25th Street, 2nd floor 917.701.3338
www.532gallery.com March 27 - April 20, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 27, 6-9 PM
We are pleased to announce an exhibition featuring two pioneer conceptual artists, David Askevold and Peter Hutchinson, who have established the connections between language, the found photographic moment; and an interaction with nature and the intricacies of the mind between actual and intellectual experience. Though
The actual works, on close inspection, are as different as they can be. Askevold has crafted, in his “Ambit” series, a group of images that combine visual and linguistic meaning—that is, photographic images that evoke phastasmagoria (lights blinking; the shadow of an art being slowly waved; water beading across a surface as it slowly turns into ice; silhouettes of abstract seeming objects projected and then documented) and language that is so unbelievably dense that it approaches mere verbal ambiguity; another form of abstraction that can in a perverse way be appreciated only for its sound and not for its sense. The words are burned into the photographic images, which are zoomed in and therefore indistinct.
On the other hand,
This exhibition provides a simple snapshot of a period preceding our current one which was host to a myriad of approaches to man’s innate nature, his ability to feel and think, and to know meaning despite a confusion of the sensate or the cerebral. It brings the Conceptual back to us in ways that still instruct and inspire.