LMAKprojects is pleased to present Imbue, a group show with Bill Albertini, Sabrina Gschwandtner, and Jessica Mein. The exhibit takes a look at photographic interventions and detraction, that re-interpret representation or even initial intent. These artists rework narratives from discarded advertising, billboards, and 16 mm films, and approach them through a laborious and often traditional means, from quilting, to paper cutting, to re-photographing details, and obsessive documentation. They embrace the deluge of visuals that surround us and rework them to expose a forgotten and subtle beauty.
Bill Albertini will be exhibiting Eleventh Avenue Monopole, 2008 a slide projected documentation of the artist walking over 11th avenue approaching a billboard that he has virtually replaced with a solid color, the intervention helps draw focus on the architectural and to some extent sculptural aspects of these ubiquitous creations. Albertini’s work has been shown throughout Europe and the US and recently at the Contemporary in Atlanta. His work can be found in such collections as Coleccion Daniel Yankelewitz and the West Collection.
Sabrina Gschwandtner makes Film Quilts from her own film footage and historical 16 mm documentaries de-accessioned from the Fashion Institute of Technology, which she sews into configurations based on popular American quilt motifs. The work is presented in framed lightboxes on the wall. Gschwandtner’s work is on view at ‘40 under 40’ from July 20, 2012 to February 3, 2013 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and one of her featured works was selected by the Washington Design Center to be part of DreamHome: Design Craft. Gschwandtner will have a solo exhibit opening this September at LMAKprojects.
Jessica Mein uses discarded billboard prints as a primary source material, Mein concentrates on its errors, glitches and folds – the break in the mechanical that renders it unique. In her collages, salvaged billboard sheets are hole-punched and painstakingly collaged by hand, accentuating the faultiness inherent to the material. Efficiency and geometric form become interrupted by the handmade and mechanical error; while accident and imperfection are made implicit. Mein’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Latin America, and can be found in such public collections as the Albright Knox Gallery, NY, Julia Stoschek Collection, DE and the Museum of Modern Art, NY.