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Gregory Krum: ...Practice…

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street, between Elizabeth St. and Bowery, 212-219-0166
East Village / Lower East Side
May 15 - June 27, 2010
Reception: Friday, May 14, 6 - 8 PM
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Jen Bekman Gallery presents ...Practice…, an exhibition of photographs by Gregory Krum. Titled after Gerhard Richter’s book The Daily Practice of Painting, ...Practice… embraces Richter’s convictions about art and art making. In a series of carefully grouped photographs, Krum explores the ways in which truth is derived simply by virtue of belief.

Photographs of tombstones, images of dust and sand, and a pair of enigmatic photos of flowers taken with the artist’s Blackberry hang alongside one another. Together they depict the ruminations of investigations, both elemental and expansive, and the search for the tangible entities that define the beliefs through which we find meaning in life and art.

Five still-lifes, evocative of Dutch interiors, illustrate more literally how objects often become vessels of life’s meaning. Finally, twenty-four small photographs – pinned in a grid to the wall by the artist – depict devotional offerings in varying states of decay. The repetition of these sculptural objects mimics the daily rituals that become symbols of belief. The artist’s daily compulsion to create is rooted in the same faith that inspires the spiritual to practice these rituals.
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