Callicoon Fine Arts is very pleased to announce the gallery's first presentation of a solo exhibition with artworks by Glen Fogel. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 6th, from 3 to 5pm. The gallery is located at 27 Lower Main Street, Upstairs, in Callicoon, NY.
The exhibition will be comprised of two bodies of new work. The first work titled, Call me and we can buy love together, consists of over 100 numbered photographs taken with a cellphone camera in New York City subways over the past two years. Grouped selections from the larger series will be exhibited. The photographs depict closely cropped faces in advertisements that have been the site of various forms of graffiti. The images, though sometimes humorous, are illustrative of a persistent homophobia, racism, sexism, and violence. They exhibit both a reaction to and a complicity in the spectacle of capitalism and its advertising apparatus.
The second work in the exhibition is titled Glen from Colorado. This work relates to Fogel's many years as an experimental filmmaker. The work effectively separates the basic components of film from each other, light and sound. A fluorescent sculpture spelling out the name GLEN functions as the artist's luminescent/linguistic surrogate. An audio speaker is directed at the light on one side and a chair is positioned at the light source's other side. The sound component is comprised of 45 minutes of excerpts from over 20 years of intimate letters written to the artist. The excerpts are read aloud by text-to-speech software and the level of volume directly corresponds to the intensity of the "Glen" light.
Glen Fogel is completing the MFA program at Bard's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. He has had solo exhibitions at The Kitchen and Momenta Art. His work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and in group exhibitions and film screenings at The Museum of Modern Art, Artists Space, and numerous other galleries and film festivals in Europe and the United States. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Callicoon Fine Arts, founded in May 2009 by Photios Giovanis, is a new gallery bringing an idiosyncratic mix of regional and international contemporary art to the Upper Delaware River Valley. The gallery acts in partnership with Nightboat Books, www.nightboat.org. For additional information please contact Photi at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 845-887-4202.