Corridor Gallery presents WHITE WASH 2009, an installation by Navin June Norling that merges the disciplines of painting, sculpture and performance art to create an unconventional billboard that reflects ideas of popular culture, consumerism, and the history of objects left behind.
WHITE WASH 2009 is composed of found windowpanes from the streets of New York City that Norling has painted iconic imagery on to. The images range from past and present cultural icons to brand slogans and symbols. These selected images play a role in the memory of contemporary society as well as the artist. WHITE WASH 2009 then becomes a performance as Norling starts to whitewash the windows, erasing the images. This process relates to the removal of images and iconography from the collective mind of society, yet the images are still present, physically on the windows and mentally in our minds. The final step involves Norling reintroducing the images by removing the paint, allowing them to reappear as if seeing them for the first time. The process of painting and then cleaning the paint is connected to the viewer’s perception of the piece, and speaks about the notion of process of creating and how it relates to the outcome of the artwork.
New York City based artist Navin June Norling’s artwork uses elements of urban and rural sensibilities. He is known for his usage of images from the past and present culture, as well as found materials. Born and raised in Northern California, Norling received a BFA in 1995 from California College of Arts, Oakland, CA and an MFA in 2002 from Hunter College Graduate Studies, New York, NY. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Earlier this year Norling was an Emerging Artist Fellow at the Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York. He has recently shown at the Gallery Anno Domini, RARE New York and Los Angles, and the Bronx River Art Center.