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On Spec

White Box
525 West 26th Street, 212-714-2347
May 18 - May 26, 2007
Reception: Friday, May 18, 6 - 8 PM
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A very short but exceptional show of three emerging artists selected neither by a guiding curatorial premise nor an umbrella theme, all working with aspects of `glitz culture’.

Kaoru Katayama of Japanese origin lives and works in Spain since 1995. Her well-known Tecnocharro is a video fusing traditional dance with techno music that brought her instant recognition in 2006 by winning the ARCO Prize for Young Artists Awarded by the Community of Madrid. Dancing in Space and Sobremesa, shown at White Box, are also based on various musical traditions and techno sound. In Dancing in Space two “charras” (Mexican rodeo cowgirls), dressed in traditional costumes, perform a go-go dance to the steps of folk-origin rythms with a musical score created by a classical musician who is from Salamanca. In Sobremesa two gypsies, Julio Gilabert and Salud Molina who have been married for 38 years, perform the rhythm of a `soleĆ” compas’ – a dance step in twelve movements. The video was shot in their apartment, in their every day environment where they have for years lived and played together, in an intense musical, sound and rhythm dialogue.

Diana Puntar is a fast emerging artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her objects, scaled as furnishings, operate as an environment that is at once beautiful and grotesque in its seeming superficiality. The work exists somewhere between a post-minimalist or post-apocalyptic history where radical ideas about form meet nostalgic longings for suburban or space-age materials. Puntar’s work thus elicits a series of disturbances in aesthetic and social systems – confusing the useful with the formal and the natural with the built – suggesting parallel breakdowns in contemporary culture. In 2006 Ms. Puntar showed at Small A Projects in Portland, OR, The Samson Projects in Boston, and Supreme Trading in Brooklyn.

Goran Tomcic is an artist living and working in New York. He holds an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and he has been employed as a curator of contemporary art, and a free-lance writer.

In February 2005, his one-person exhibition “A Shimmering Heart, Silver” at Participant Inc. gallery in New York has been listed as the “pick of the month” in The second installation (from a series of five) of “A Shimmering Heart,” in Gold is scheduled for October 2007 at the Haifa Museum of Art (Haifa, Israel). He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships and was a MacDowell Colony fellow in 1992 and 1996.
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