Alter Minimal: Worth A Thousand Words a special presentation as part of Alter Minimal – Lexicon Series Vol. 1 will take place at: Parallel Art Space on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 from 4-5pm. Primarily a visual presentation in projected image format, Worth a Thousand Words will show additional works from the artists including images of their inspirations, Minimalist mentors and the like. Several of the artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work. This event is organized in conjunction with Actually, It’s Ridgewood; a multiple site art event, organized by the Queens Museum of Art as a part of their Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle exhibition. Light refreshments will be served.
Alter Minimal – Lexicon Series Vol. 1 brings together the work of five artists, working in a variety of visual media, who are all variously engaged with the aesthetic forms and preoccupations of the minimal and post-minimal movements, toward the realization of their own artistic ends. Minimalism as an art movement is now generally understood to have emerged from (and as a reaction to) Abstract Expressionism. Moving away from expression as ultimate end goal, Minimalist artists pursued integrity in their work by attempting to free its’ constitution of any non-essential elements, a visual quest for the reductive prime. Post-minimal artists carried this movement further by liberating Minimalist structure from requisite right angles and obligatory line, creating space for a more feral, yet still pared down, essential form. The artists of Alter Minimal move freely throughout these concerns, utilizing vocabulary and sign as they see fit. From the gestural economy of Clinton King’s paintings, to the poetic, humanist sculptural extensions of artists Lance Lankford and Suzanne Stroebe to the syncopated, angular and sometimes humorous compositions of Gary Petersen and Andrew Zarou; these artists accomplish much with a concerted little.
Parallel Art Space, formerly Camel Art Space, is an artist run exhibition space committed solely to exhibiting exceptional visual art. Located in one of New York’s premier art studio buildings and positioned on the border of two of New York City’s most densely artist inhabited, culturally rich neighborhoods (Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens) we endeavor to provide an exhibition platform based on excellence, contribution and connectivity; serving the parallel interests of artists, community and culture alike.