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Someone Has Stolen Our Tent: Steven Baldi, Frank Heath, Zak Kitnick, Damien Roach

Simon Preston Gallery
301 Broome Street, 212-431-1105
East Village / Lower East Side
June 21 - August 4, 2012
Reception: Thursday, June 21, 6 - 8 PM
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Simon Preston is pleased to present Someone has Stolen our Tent, which opens to the public on June 21 and runs until August 4, 2012. Bringing together a diverse set of interpretations, the exhibition acts as a nexus to activate thought and consider modes of perception and construction of meaning. The title is an excerpt from an anecdotal Sherlock Holmes story often referred to as ‘The Tent Joke’, that reveals the multi-faceted conditions of perception. Through re-purposing utilitarian or banal and familiar objects, the artists invert form, function and materiality, challenging our cognitive pre-conceptions. The individual works each uniquely de-center and disrupt the spatial order of the exhibition, revealing a site of potential re-imagining.

Steven Baldi focuses on the archetype of the exhibition poster, giving equal weight to the show announcement, documentation and artwork, as a mode to reveal the hegemony of art production. Incorporating strategies of reproduction, deconstruction and repetition as tools in order to break down the typologies inherent in forms of representation. Steven Baldi (b. 1983), lives and works in New York. He has recently exhibited at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, White Columns, New York and Galerie Sfeir- Semler, Beirut, Lebanon among others.

Using systems of everyday life Frank Heath’s sculptures, Former Structures, are replications of distribution devices. Severed in half, the abstracted sections are then mailed to obsolete addresses relating directly to the objects former function, (defunct bank / library). These undeliverable objects are placed in normally closed circuits, opening spaces of possibility, becoming anachronisms between the exhibition space and the public sphere. Frank Heath (b. 1982) lives and works in New York. He has had a recent solo exhibition at Simone Subal Gallery, New York and will be participating in Matter Out of Place at The Kitchen, opening on June 27.

Employing the familiar language of commonplace industrial products, Zak Kitnick transforms banal objects into complex geometric structures. Simultaneously inserting the art object and the viewer into the system of distribution and means of production, the assemblages expose the aestheticization of organization and reveal the ambiguous cyclical relationship between, decoration, design, function, form and art. Zak Kitnick (b. 1984) has exhibited at Clifton Benevento, New York, Harris Lieberman, New York, Vava, Milan, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Socrates Sculpture Park and Artists Space, New York.

Damien Roach transforms the exhibition into a continually shifting visual space. A system of hanging transparent screens simultaneously multiply and divide the exhibition space, and create optical walls that operate as distorting lenses or filters. Amalgamations of found images create circuits of associations and concurrently raise questions and offer new modes of perception, thought and visualization. Damien Roach (b. 1980) lives and works in London. He is currently in residence at Arnolfini, Bristol and has exhibited at Sies + Höeke, Düsseldorf, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, Meesen De Clercq, Belguim, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, London and was included in the 51st Venice Biennale as part of the Centre of Attention’s Swansong installation.

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