Luis Camnitzer, Robert Kinmont, Rosy Keyser, Linda Matalon

Jul 5 - Aug 3, 2012

It is with great pleasure that Simone Subal Gallery announces the opening of Luis Camnitzer, Robert Kinmont, Rosy Keyser, and Linda Matalon on July 5, 2012. The show runs until August 3, 2012. There is an opening on Thursday, July 5 from 6 – 8 pm. Please note the gallery’s summer hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 6 pm.

This intergenerational exhibition examines the way people and objects relate to their immediate environment. It presents work that explores human physicality both conceptually as well as literally. Central to the exhibition is the potential of specific gestures. These acts, whether poetic or corporeal, reveal the manner in which simple interventions alter one’s sense of his or her surroundings.

Robert Kinmont brings these issues to the fore in two works: Just about the right size (1970/2008), a series of nine photographs showing the artist holding a variety of ordinary goods, and False Security 1 (2010), a seventy-five pound chunk of granite entrapped within a birch plywood box. Linda Matalon’s beeswax coated sheets of paper are an arena for the appearance and disappearance of lines and shapes. Her drawings create a complex inquiry into both pictorial scale and the way forms (or their absence) impinge upon one another.

Two photographic pieces by Luis Camnitzer demonstrate how a subtle gesture changes the perception of space. In The Discovery of Geometry (1978/2008) a hand holds aloft a piece of cotton that at once becomes a “cloud” as well as a means to collapse perspectival order. The Invention of Rain (1978/2008) employs a similar conceit, albeit with a slightly more sinister tone. Rosy Keyser’s new work destroys and rebuilds the conception of painting. In the two pieces on view obdurate gestures define her compositions. These tears in the canvas, or sawdust impressed upon the surface, enables the peripheral to define the entire pictorial space.

Luis Camnitzer (b. 1937) is a German-born Uruguayan conceptual artist and academic who works in the media of printmaking and sculpture. Solo exhibitions include: Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay (traveling); the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany; the Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, León, Spain; and Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY.

Rosy Keyser was born in 1974 in Baltimore, MD, and lives and works in Brooklyn and Medusa, NY. Keyser has had multiple solo exhibitions at Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY, and she has been included in group shows at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Hauser and Wirth, New York, NY; Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI; Freymond Guth Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland; and Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas.

Robert Kinmont was born in 1937 in Los Angeles, CA, and lives and works in Sonoma, CA. He has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art; the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY; and the Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico.

Linda Matalon was born in 1958 in Brooklyn, NY, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Solo exhibitions include: Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, NY; Yoshii Gallery, New York, NY and Paris, France. Her work has also been included in group shows at Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas; the New Museum, New York, NY, and the University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA. In 2011 Matalon’s work was shown at the 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France.