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Anita Witek and Tyler Rowland

Murray Guy
453 West 17th Street, 212-463-7372
January 7 - February 11, 2006
Reception: Saturday, January 7, 6 - 8 PM
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The artist’s studio, a place of erudition, toil and fabrication becomes the subject of this exhibition.

Anita Witek’s 35mm slide show, Before & After, presents the history of photographers’ studios. From the blatant artifice of the bucolic backdrop to the contemporary stark white ambience onto which any or no place in the world can be digitally grafted, she guides us through a series of spaces revealing how the experience of place conditions our experience of art.

Exploring craft and banausic labor, recycling and recording, Tyler Rowland’s All Of The Objects Needed To Install A Work Of Art (Gustave Courbet’s The Stonebreakers) is a bricolage assembly of all of the artifacts required to display the work in question that, presumed destroyed in 1945 during removal from fire bombed Dresden, cannot be displayed.

The Sculptor’s Studio: A real allegory of a five year phase in my artistic and moral life derives its title from Courbet’s 1855 allegorical painting of his studio but recreates Rowland’s own studio complete with the work table, source material, tools and waste employed and produced during the creation of the aforementioned work.
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