Last Saturday May 3rd, Arte Fuse attended the opening for Screens and Shrouds by Erika Mahr at Launch F18. Tim Donovan and Sam Trioli run the space and together they curate fantastic shows. They find emerging artists, work with them and take them to the next level.
The exposition is dark giving this clean white space tremendous contrast. All the drawings are charcoal on black paper; even though they are very dim, you can see depth and rich texture when you get close to them. Some of them feel alive and move depending on the angle and the light. According to the artist, the larger pieces took a couple of months to make and I am sure they were very labor extensive.
To me Mahr’s work seems a bit like process art, and she states there is this element to her work in previous artist statements. Yet, unlike most process artists, her work is not all over the place in drips and slashes. Interestingly, her process seems to involve a very structured, grid-like movement at its center.
She has also pointed out that her pieces represent an intersection between the experiential and the analytical. The experiential is expressed through her ‘mark-making processes’ while the analytical is the grid-like patterns which seem to represent the pre-set inner structures that guide our understanding and expression of experience. The photos don’t do the artwork much justice; this is one show you want to see in person. It runs from May 3rd until June 21st; make sure you stop by to see for yourself.
Erika Mahr: Screens and Shrouds at Lauch F18
May 3 – June 23rd
373 Broadway (between White Street and Franklin Street)
New York, NY 10013
T 1 603 345 5915
Hours: By appointment unless noted
Writing and photography by: Jamie Martinez