Category Archives: drawings

EX: On the move…

The exhibit “EX: Collaborative Creation” is headed West, to Chicago. Chi-town Artista, Robin Kang, will host the second life of the installation at her Carousel Project. I, for one, am very excited to see her interpretation along with Dan Swartz, who will also be hosting the third personification of the work  in Indiana later this summer.

Nights in Shining Amour



“Platonic Conception”, a brief introductory on three contemporary views of mimesis, will be hosted by Silvis Studio, an alternative space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, containing the works of Bonnie K. Mancini, Daniel Morgan Bengston, and Sam McCune. Please join them at 338 Berry Street, 2nd Floor (between South 5th & South 4th), on April 7, 2011 from 6-8pm.

Bonnie K. Mancini’s work deals with the subjective nature of relational psychology directly. By employing genograms, Mancini tracks her personal relationships and constructs tailored pictorial representations of them. Genograms were popularized in the mid-eighties and are now used in psychology, social work, genetic research, and education. By making public a coded primer of her relationships, Mancini toys with concepts of the the voyeuristic gaze through an abstracted medium, much the same way that people interact with each other via more traditional forms of communication. Contained within Mancini’s installation of genograms is the syntax for her ability to relate to others, and a need for expressing these relationships through a sublime experience.

Daniel Bengston Morgan works with the idiosyncrasies of modernism, translated through the physical forms of idealized constructs like the icosahedron, Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, and visualizations of atmospheric effects. Morgan uses this visual language of science, and discriminates the wanton hope of the high modern era from the utopian visions that are many times applied to it. In deference to Platonic thought, this “humanization” allows the idealized forms to be consubstantiated with the physical work, while never fully overlapping.

Samuel McCune explores the world by making. This tangibility and authority allows his work to carry a variety of subjects while still containing a signature quality. McCune weaves information, symbology, and materials into intricate, sacramental networks. Each of these networks must then be read like a research paper, referencing, extrapolating, and inferring great deals of data through a single form, which may then contain addenda for further perusal. This pursuance of “packing” a form with as much data as it can hold is an incredibly old struggle, connecting most major philosophical concerns in Western thought.


Platonic Conception will be on view from April 7-10 and will viewed by appointment. Please contact Daniel Swartz. d.h.swartz@gmail.com, #260-417-8846.

Thank you Crow and Ira for the photos!

Broad highlights from the ARMORY

With an eye-catching start to the walk-through at Peir 94/92 – I raised an eye brow at more than one gallery’s choice on how to use their exhibition space. However, here are some highlights I thought I would throw out there for those of you who might have rushed through like me (and missed out on a few of these items) or still haven’t been to the Armory show. It comes down tomorrow folks!

Analia Saban’s “White”
at Peres Projects, Berlin

Gilbert and George took up more than their fair share of space with their postcard works
…a real treat to see this Robert Mapplethorpe dye transfer print

Jessica Rankin at White Cube, NY

[museum 52]

Ryan Gander’s “sudden manifesto for a more ethically balanced practice”

at Annet Glenik Gallery

Mika Rottenberg, Nicole Klagsbrun

Galeria Casas Riegner, Botoga

Galeria Nara Roesler, San Paulo

Devin Troy Strother basically wants to be Chris Ofili. Come ON Bergamont Station!!!!

gallery side 2

clever “although not risky” (one onlooker noted) video
by Gregory Scott
at Catherine Edelman Gallery