Staring at the Sun
April 16–June 13, 2014
Curated by Jodie Vicenta Jacobson
Wednesday, April 16
Blind Spot and Griffin Editions is pleased to present an exhibition of works by
Lucas Blalock, James Casebere, Moyra Davey, Mitch Epstein, Roe Ethridge,
Charles Griffin, Whitney Hubbs, Barney Kulok, David La Spina, Zoe Leonard,
Miranda Lichtenstein, Vik Muniz, Clifford Ross, Lorna Simpson, and James Welling.
In celebration of Blind Spot’s new home at Griffin Editions, we are pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition in our new project space. All participating artists featured here have both been published by Blind Spot and have worked with Griffin Editions. Inclusive of this common bond, the works on view here embody light as the subject itself. Roe Ethridge’s all seeing kaleidoscopic eye perches atop the exhibition, refracting the luminous nature of the work in its unsettling gaze. Miranda Lichtenstein’s trompe l’oeil sun warms the space and serves as an axis from which the show orbits. Lucas Blalock, David La Spina, and James Welling expand the notion of light as a maximal entity, and Mitch Epstein blankets us in a veil of sun-infused fog.
Zoe Leonard’s picture of the sun, ‘transgress[es] proscriptions about not looking directly at this brightest of the stars’ emanating a spiritual urgency unique to the subject itself. Liz Deschenes’ solar print oscillates, emitting a distinct aura, like that of its invisible/visible subject. Whitney Hubbs’ image of a canyon in the American west envisions a marked duality, that of darkness and light, the tenuous line of shadow symbolizing a markedly human condition. Moyra Davey’s generous Blue, riffs on the tone of its title and namesake with a distinctly casual beauty. Lorna Simpson subverts the notion of the stare, constructing a self-reflexive infinitely mystifying vision. James Casesbere, Charles Griffin, Barney Kulok, and Clifford Ross intimate delicate qualities of light infusion, while Vik Muniz combines light and water to make a kitty cloud, for our pleasure.
Current local projects for some of the artists in the exhibition include Zoe Leonard’s camera obscura installation 945 Madison Avenue, 2014 on view in the Whitney Biennial through May 25, her work appears courtesy of Murray Guy. Liz Deschenes will open Stereographs a solo exhibition at Miguel Abreau Gallery on May 9. Miranda Lichtenstien’s solo exhibition of Polaroids at The Gallery at Hermes is on view through June 4; her work appears courtesy of Elizabeth Dee Gallery. Lucas Blalock is included in the exhibition Towards a Warm Math, curated by Chris Wiley at On Stellar Rays through June 3, and in Photography Is at Higher Pictures through May 26; his work appears courtesy of Ramekin Crucible. David La Spina’s solo exhibition Fantasy Baseball is currently on view at Prime Time through April. Vik Muniz’s solo exhibition Album is on view at Sikkema Jenkins through May 10.
Blind Spot Exhibitions exists as a roaming venture to give transitory shape to the ever-changing art form of photography, and to reflect the transforming/transformative nature of the medium through exhibitions that arc across its malleable practices. Building on the mission of the organization, Blind Spot Exhibitions will give three-dimensional form to ours and our artist’s ideas, allowing for a deep, meaningful exchange to take place in space.
There will be a limited edition poster of Zoe Leonard’s December 3, frame 3, 2011/2012, which graces the cover of our current 20th Anniversary Issue (47) of Blind Spot, on sale for the duration of the exhibition.
Blind Spot | Griffin Editions Project Space is free and open to the public.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 11am–5pm and by appointment.
For further information, please contact Jodie Vicenta Jacobson.
The opening of this exhibition coincides with the Blind Spot Lab event for Issue 47, featuring presentations by guest editors Barney Kulok and Vik Muniz.
Image: Whitney Hubbs, Untitled (Canyon), 2012. Courtesy of the artist and M+B Gallery, Los Angeles.