Lambert Fine Arts Presents: Gutbox – Grid
May 10th – June 10th, 2012
Collaborative Installation : Sat, May 5th – Wed, May 9th
Private Preview: Wed, May 9th, 6-8 pm
Public Reception : Thurs, May 10th, 7-10 pm
57 Stanton Street (at Eldridge) NY, NY 10002
212-353-2787 / info@LambertFineArts.com
Lambert Fine Arts is pleased to present a new collection from international artist collective Gutbox titled GRID. Comprised of nine core members, Gutbox embraces the true nature of collaboration in which each piece of art is developed improvisationally by three or more artists without prior planning. Each artwork evolves from the creative reactions of one artist in dialog with the one preceding them and then the collective determines as a group when the piece has matured to completion. On Saturday, May 5th, visitors can witness this process as Gutbox installs their collaboration to encompass the entire gallery at Lambert Fine Arts in both a constructed and a metaphorical GRID.
Living in NYC, it’s impossible to be unaware of the gridded hive of modernity, our action within it, and its psychological impact. Grids that are often laid across the land like a map pop up into three dimensions of the city, mushrooming to the heights of skyscrapers, and burrowing underground in the form of subway tunnels. Cross-town busses, car traffic, pedestrian zig zags, and flight patterns complete the transportation grid and perpetuate its motion.
To some of us the order of the grid could be experienced as safe and comfortable, while others feel confined by its predictability and regiment. Though all members of Gutbox live in major metropolitan systems, some have experienced life in more spacious areas. Gutbox member, Jazz-minh Moore, was born ‘Off the Grid’, at Breitenbush Hotsprings, a community in the Oregon woods that creates its own electricity out of the natural current of river water. Maps of this place are woven into GRID. Some members were reared within the suburban sprawl and its ever expanding footprint, offering a sense of order, uniformity, and a far-reaching grid.
Some of the works in GRID reference aerial landscape photographs of the agricultural grids that pattern most of this wide country. Others are a nod to the gridded patterns in plaid shirts, the complex mapping of computer chips, and metal grids found in the old security glass of fallen windows in the Navy Yard. Gutbox’s goal is to leave no grid unturned.
Present in GRID will also be deviation from, and destruction of, the human-made grid. Points of transition, from the right angles controlled by humankind to the organic geometry of nature, include riverbeds, which snake their way organically across gridded plains, or the linear structure of an abandoned building falling into oblique angles of ruin.
One way or another, we all participate in GRID.
Gutbox is Nick Dyball, Ray Sell, Ulrike Theusner, John J. Hagan, Heather Hart, Thomas Witte, Jazz-Mihn Moore, Jeff Sims and Seth Mulvey