Simone Subal is very happy to present the show It’s When It’s Gone That You Really Notice It, featuring the work of Julien Bismuth, Lucas Blalock, Henri Chopin, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, and Sam Ekwurtzel. The show will run through December 22, 2012. There will be an opening on November 9, from 6-8pm.
Much of contemporary life appears to be defined by an emphasis on the here and now, the presentness of objects, and the immediacy of returns. The quest for the fullness of the moment casts much to the side, often leading us to forget that presence, and by extension experience, exists in relation to absence. Absence is not a virtue, just as slowness is no better than speed, but to consider in the midst of presence what is missing, forgotten, and left to memory can be liberating. The works in It’s When It’s Gone That You Really Notice It suggest the specter of absence in distilled and poetic ways, whether through the tenuous relation between the original and the copy or how the intensity of a moment enables us to recognize what is not there. As with life, absence is one—albeit critical—part of the equation.
Julien Bismuth (born 1973 in Paris) works and lives in New York. Solo exhibitions: Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Germany; Emanuel Layr Galerie, Vienna, Austria; The Box, Los Angeles, CA; Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France; Bloomberg Space, London, England; Parisa Kind Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany. Group shows: ICA Philadelphia; 12e Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, France; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; Villa Arson, Nice, France; Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Orange County Museum, Newport Beach, CA. His performances (often collaborations) could be seen at MUSAC, Leon, Spain; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Tate Modern London, England; and Parasol Unit, London, England.
Lucas Blalock (born 1978 in Asheville, NC) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Recent selected exhibitions: New Pictures of Common Objects, MoMA PS1, New York (2012; Coquilles mécaniques, Crac Alsace, Alsac, France (2012); second nature: abstract photography then and now: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2012); Mexico City Blues, Shanaynay, Paris, France (2012); Ramiken Crucible, New York (solo, 2011); Talent, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011); Chinese Take-Out, Art in Ganeral, New York, NY (2011).
Henri Chopin (Paris, France 1922 –Norfolk , England 2008) was an avant-garde artist, poet and musician and is widely considered to be a pioneer in the recognition and distribution of sound- poetry. Most recent exhibitions: NOVEL, Dependence, Brussels, Belgium (2010), Henri Chopin, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany (2010); Poor. Old. Tired. Horse., ICA London, England; Henri Chopin, Cubitt Gallery, London, England (2008); and Henri Chopin, Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy (2005).
Marie Cool Fabio Balducci (born 1961 in Valenciennes, France and 1964, Ostra, Italy). Live in Paris, France and Pergola, Italy. Solo exhibitions: Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); Marcelle Alix, Paris, France (2013); Frieze New York, Frame with Marcelle Alix (2013); Synagogue de Delme, France (2012); FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France (2012); CAC Brétigny, France (2010); South London Gallery, London; England (2009); Mudam Musee d’Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2007); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, England (2005). Group shows: The Living Currency/La Monnaie vivante Berlin Biennial, Berlin, Germnay (2010); On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, MoMA, New York (2010); Where water comes together with other water, gb agency, Paris, France (2009), Performa07/PS1 Moma, New York (2007).
Sam Ekwurtzel (born 1983 in Hartford, CT) lives and works in Hartford, CT. Selected exhibitions: Dark Logics (solo, forthcoming), Real Art Ways Gallery, Hartford, CT (2012); Kinds of Light (solo), Second Guest Projects, New York, NY, The Passenger Position (solo), Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA (2011); Homo duplex (solo), Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA (2011); A Failed Entertainment, Virginia Commonwealth University Fine Arts Gallery, Richmond, VA (2011); MFA Thesis Exhibition, Curated by Anthony Huberman, Fisher Landau Center for Art, New York, NY (2010); There Is No Synonym For Hope, Smack Mellon, New York, NY (2008); Solid Gold, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2008).