Higher Pictures presents Mike Fitzpatrick and Ilkka Uimonen Art Dealer Ties & One Billion, Three Hundred Million Chinese. The exhibition will run from the 11th of July through the 10th of August, 2007.
Art Dealer Ties is a `Pomococo’ project conceived and executed in New York City in the mid 1990’s by Irish artist and curator Mike Fitzpatrick while in residency at the Clocktower PS1 studios and then at the Whitney Independent Study Program. Fitzpatrick sought to engage and map the gallerist community of New York City. Noting the doorstep to doorstep proximity of Canal Street’s overflowing bins of 3$ neckties with the sophisticated world of SoHo’s white cubed dealers, Fitzpatrick fused the conceptual with the actual, printing his 35mm snapped images of the dealers on identical white neckties.
The fifty-nine neckties highlight each dealer’s uniqueness of character and spirit, while documenting an historical period of art dealing. Dealers include: Bronwyn Keenan, Brooke Alexander, Jose Freire, Stefano Basilico, Per Skarstedt, June Kelly, Jack Tilton, Steffany Martz, David Zwirner, Angela Westwater and forty-nine others.
While being an artist, Fitzpatrick also directs the Limerick City Gallery of Art and is Commissioner for the Irish Pavilion for the 52nd Venice Biennale where he has curated a critically acclaimed show by Gerard Byrne.
Ilkka Uimonen’s One Billion, Three Hundred Million Chinese is the artist’s attempt to use the photographic medium as a philosophical inquiry into the nature of mental and physical space. Over a two day period while traveling in Beijing, Uimonen photographed one thousand, three hundred Chinese citizens (representing a ratio of one million to one) riding the subway to and from work. One-third of them will be displayed here.