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Whatcha See is Whacha Get

443 PAS @ Kevin M. Absec Designs, Inc.
443 Park Avenue South, Suite 604, 212-447-7742
Flatiron / Gramercy
March 5 - March 30, 2012
Reception: Monday, March 5, 6 - 8 PM
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We are proud to present the work of Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta into the daily structure of the office situation, architectural/exhibition space 443 PAS.

Although their work is shaped by different interests and therefore produces different outcomes both artists share a long history of collaborations, which has to do – partially – with the fact of sharing a common background: both artists are from Chile and both immigrated to New York in early 2000 For 443 PAS Johanna Unzueta will present a series of felt made sculptures that take into consideration architectural features of the office space as well as the notion of labor, its technological, historical and social impact on the human condition. Mostly working with felt (and other materials such as fabric, wood and cardboard) the way Unzueta manipulates this material is as important for her as what is being represented. The notion of labor does not only exist as a social and historical context yet it is present in the fabrication of each artwork: her work as an artist is presented horizontally and equally to the labor involved in hand made and industrial manufacture.

Felipe Mujica will present a new group of geometric based fabric panels (or as he calls them “curtains”). These fabric panels are part of an ongoing series of installations that function as exhibition design which organize space, dividing and arranging it into a set of intermedial spatial constructions. By doing this they redirect the viewer’s circulation affecting their perception of space and its contents. The twist for 443 PAS would be their smaller size and the fact that they will be installed high, close to the ceiling, working more as signals and flags than actual spatial dividers, creating a colorful and formal intervention in space that will eventually interact with the daily routines of the office and its employees. Mujica will also present a small group of silkscreen prints, which present new readings from imaginary taken from graphic design of the 60s’ and 70s’. These images work as an historical counterpart to the modernist references of the curtain pieces. The title of this exhibition was taken from The Dramatics 1971 single. The song became the bands break though making it into the “Top 10” of the Billboard Hot 100 and was awarded the gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in December of 1971. In the context of the exhibition the title and its reference become a Motown-spirited nod to Frank Stella’s famous quote “What you see is what you see”. Gallery Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday by appointment only.
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