On August 17th, the Lyons Wier Gallery debuts the group exhibition ‘Additional Matter.’ The collection showcases recent pieces by emerging artists whose work explores the nature of material and its effects once transformed. In the act of creation, artists have always extended the boundaries of the material used for creation. The five artists participating in ‘Additional Matter’- Myles Bennett, Zac Braun, Timothy Gasbarro, J.F. Lynch and Christopher Stout, explore materials in their minor effects: changing the form of the raw canvas, taking threads apart, or examining the affect of different materials when in contact with one another.
Curated by May Shetrit, ‘Additional Matter’ assembles five Brooklyn-based artists on the largest stage of their new careers. The exhibit surveys art made by young artists, validating the possibilities of continuous exploration of material and form. The show will remain on view until September 5th.
The artists pay great attention to the individual form of their subjects, either through manipulation or through transformation. In contrast to the work of the great masters of 1960s and 1970s like Otto Muehl, Alex Hubbard, Yves Klein — who explored the nature of their materials by performing rough or extreme changes on them — the pieces on display in ‘Additional Matter’ examine the subtleties of material in greater detail to create a different whole. In so doing, the artists grant a narrative to their transformed material; or perhaps, capture a narrative that was always there, living within the raw matter.
An intensive amount of repetition and meticulous attention to detail are at the core of many of these works. Either by fortune or fate, the essential notions of substance and manner remain within them. Expecting the unexpected, ‘Additional Matter’ creates a sensitive narrative. It recounts the gradual changes being brought by the artists to a hectic art world; changes wrought by their incredible ability to take into consideration the details that determine our experience.
Opening August 17, 6-8 PM
August 17- September 5, 2011
175 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011