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Lisa Cooley
34 Orchard Street, 347-351-8075
East Village / Lower East Side
June 27 - August 3, 2008
Reception: Friday, June 27, 6 - 9 PM
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Organized by Tim and Frantiska Gilman-Sevcik

Lizzie Hughes, Emma Kay, Heather Rowe, Mario Garcia Torres and Lawrence Weiner

Lisa Cooley is pleased to present “Slow Glass” an exhibition organized by Tim and Frantiska Gilman-Sevcik. The exhibition will feature work by Lizzie Hughes, Emma Kay, Heather Rowe, Mario Garcia Torres and Lawrence Weiner and will be on view from June 27th until August 3rd, 2008.

Slow Glass takes its theme from the titular substance, an invention of science fiction writer Bob Shaw described in his novel “Light of Other Days” (1968). Slow glass is a transparent material that tremendously slows down the speed of the light that passes through it, so that a piece that had looked out on a picturesque countryside setting, for example, could later be used to provide a view of the pastoral scene from a city apartment window. In Shaw?s novel, slow glass plays a key role as evidence in a mystery by ?recording? a criminal act.

The idea of delayed and/or distorted perception with which slow glass intersects is the guiding principle for the exhibition. Slow glass might be thought of as representing a mirror, an obstacle, a screen, an image, an eye, or a technological device as a form of interface with the world at large. A dynamic is implied between the implication of direct reception inherent to ?standard? glass and the convoluted nature of the temporal distortion introduced by Shaw?s fictional conceit, and the work included will reflect on these possibilities in a variety of ways.

London-based artist Lizzie Hughes will present a study on the loss of meaning through multiple interpretations that are literally lost in translation. Emma Kay, also based in London, works out the limits of memory and perception to reflect on the past and the future. New York artist Heather Rowe?s sculptural constructions heighten the perception of elements of psychology and memory embedded in architecture. Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres studies how varying distances in time create new meanings. New York artist Lawrence Weiner uses language to create a simultaneous separation and cohesion.

A catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition a catalogue launch event will be held mid-July, and a separate press release will be sent to announce the specific date and time of that event.

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