Callicoon Fine Arts is pleased to present Goldye, an exhibition by Glen Fogel that inaugurates the gallery’s space in New York City’s Lower East Side.
Titled after the first name of the artist’s grandmother, the exhibition contains a sculpture incorporating light and sound to invoke Goldye’s near death experience. She ultimately survived the episode, living on for another year with no memory of the event.
The presence of light is commonly reported in such cases. However, the sound, also included as part of the sculpture, is a recording of the artist’s re-enactment of events that surrounded his grandmother’s experience and touches on the inexplicable nature of what occurred. The sculpture itself is a continuation of the artist’s use of personal artifacts to stress the mediated quality of artworks. As in Fogel’s previous works, such as his recent 5 channel video installation of wedding and engagement rings, and his series of love letters fashioned as large oil paintings, Goldye comments on the inherent and acquired value of these artifacts.
While sentimental and quantifiable values are conflated, with Goldye, other themes emerge by way of the transference of experience into another body (in this case, the artwork itself). The work operates within the space of a kind of haunted possession, even while its un- expected synthesis sparks a disquieting humor.
On the day of the opening, Fogel will publish additional contents related to Goldye on his website www.glenfogel.com.
Glen Fogel, born 1977 in Denver, lives and works in Brooklyn. His solo exhibition titled With Me… You will open at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on October 15th. His work has been exhibited at Participant Inc., Sikkema Jenkins, White Columns, The Kitchen, Momenta Art, Artists Space, NGBK (Berlin), and the Museum of Modern Art. His films have screened in the Toronto and London International Film Festivals, and in 2002, he was included in the Whitney Biennial. Fogel has an MFA from Bard College, and has received grants from the MAP Production Fund, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and was a recipient of the 2009 Princess Grace Award.
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