Rob Carter Union Territory September 5-October 7th, 2012 Opening Reception: September 5th, 6-9 pm
In Union Territory, Carter will present photographic works that fuse the illusion of architectural miniatures with the detailed reality of plant life. Beneath the lush foliage are layered histories and cultural references to how colonialism is represented in architecture and landscape, including Western culture’s conflicting views of nature and the environment. The wilderness, that ultimately envelops his buildings, personifies the irrepressible strength of nature, which our buildings attempt to shield us from, as well as the temporality of the environs we inhabit.
Carter’s series of photographs act as a record of the growth and death of various culturally relevant plants over a period of seven studio-bound months. This symbolic garden was seeded in the gaps between collaged and cut-out imagery of two contrasting buildings: Le Corbusier’s Assembly Building in Chandigarh, India, and The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England. Divided by location and several hundred years of British Imperial politics, the juxtaposition of these two famous buildings invents a historical dialogue that quietly takes aim at political hubris and bears witness to our interconnectedness both culturally and environmentally, despite geographical distance and financial inequality.
About the Artist:
Rob Carter has exhibited his work in numerous locations worldwide including solo exhibitions in Madrid, Rome, Chicago and New York. Over the past few years he has also exhibited his work at the ICA in Philadelphia, Shanghai’s World Expo, Museum of Art and Design Museum, the Bruce Silverstein Photography Annual, and Festival NARRACJE in Gdansk, Poland; additionally taking part in residencies in Krems (Austria), Valencia (Spain), and the LMCC Workspace Program. Most recently Carter created a New Commission installation for Art in General in New York.
About the Gallery:
Station Independent Projects organizes exhibitions and events with a focus on artist advocacy. Station Independent Projects specializes in discovering new emerging and mid-career artists that are not represented by galleries and organizes shows to connect artists to broader audiences.
Before opening the gallery in the Lower East Side Station Independent Projects had organized exhibitions in the New York City area for over ten years with numerous New York galleries, art fairs and non-profits.