Eric’s Trip

When 28 Jun 2014 - 1 Aug 2014
Where Lisa Cooley gallery
107 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
United States
Enquiry (212) 680-0564

Opening: Saturday, June 28, 6-8pm

Lisa Cooley is thrilled to announce Eric’s Trip, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono. Featuring new works by Victoria Fu, Sheila Hicks, David Kennedy-Cutler, José Lerma, Margaret Lee, Judith Linhares, Rory Mulligan, Kamau Amu Patton, Nancy Shaver, and Mathew Zefeldt, Eric’s Trip presents a sequence of hallucinatory musings on color and consciousness in painting, photography, sculpture and video.

Eric’s Trip takes its impetus from Reel 9 (“Eric Tells All”) of Andy Warhol’s 1966 film Chelsea Girls. In it, actor, musician and dancer Eric Emerson delivers a stream-of-conscious monologue while under the influence of LSD. During the course of a single unedited reel, Eric strips off his clothes, devolving into a primal, narcissistic state. Naked and tripping, he delivers a solipsistic soliloquy on subjects ranging from the nature of sexuality and selfhood, to the imprecision of language and the senses. One of the few color reels in Chelsea Girls, Eric’s performance takes place under a bank of colored floodlights that Warhol manipulates at will, building to a startling crescendo of Technicolor psychedelia. Through the use of mirrors, unmotivated zooms, and unorthodox framing, Warhol obscures and distorts Eric’s body, just as the lysergic acid alters his consciousness.

Centering on notions of performance, projection and aura, this exhibition examines the process of narrating consciousness, experience, trip and vision. Like “Eric Tells All,” the works included in Eric’s Trip explore our intrinsically fallacious understanding of reality and the imprecision that colors our attempts to describe it. These are objects that challenge their own boundaries, that negotiate the discrepancy between hallucinatory fantasy and fixed reality, and that offer material traces of a world that has been fragmented and reorganized in pieces.

Eric’s Trip will be on view from June 28th through August 1st. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, June 28th, from 6 until 8pm. Over the course of the exhibition there will be a number of coordinated events at the gallery, including an evening of durational sounds with Kamau Amu Patton; the anticipated release of the second volume of A-Z; and a seminal film and video program of new and historic films selected by Warren Ng and the curators.

Cynthia Daignault lives and works under a canopy of trees. Her paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions at Lisa Cooley, New York and White Columns, New York, among others. She is a recipient of a 2010 MacDowell Colony residency and the 2011 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant. She will be included in the group exhibition, Crossing Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum in Fall, 2014. She plays in a band with Mark Loiacono (see below).

Victoria Fu lives and works in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. Her film and video installations have been exhibited at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California; de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Ecuador; Seoul National University Museum, Seoul, Korea; among others. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and is a 2013-14 grantee of the Art Matters Foundation and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation YoYoYo Artist Project Fund.

Sheila Hicks was born in Hastings, Nebraska and received a Fulbright scholarship in 1957 to paint in Chile. While in South America she developed her interest in working with fibers. After founding workshops in Mexico, Chile, and South Africa, and working in Morocco and India, she now divides her time between her Paris studio and New York. Hicks has been widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. A major retrospective Sheila Hicks: 50 Years debuted at the Addison Gallery of American Art. Hicks‘ work is also included in such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York City; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; and the Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto. One-person exhibitions include those at the Seoul Art Center, Korea; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

David Kennedy-Cutler lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions include Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2012, 2009) and Nice & Fit, Berlin (2006, 2004). His work has been included in exhibitions CooperCole, Toronto; Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York; Halsey McKay, Easthampton; Luther Brady Gallery, George Washington University, Washington D.C.; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; among others.

Margaret Lee lives and works in New York. Lee has exhibited works and organized exhibitions at numerous venues. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include; closer right than wrong/ closer to wrong than right at Jack Hanley Gallery (New York), Für die Kinder Düsseldorfs, with Emily Sundblad, at Off Vendome, (Dusseldorf), and MLMH: Margaret Lee/Matthew Higgs, Murray Guy, (New York). Lee founded the artist run space 179 Canal in 2009 and is currently a partner in the gallery 47 Canal. The artist was recently selected by Beatrix Ruf and Peter Eleey as the recipient of the 2012 Artadia NADA prize and named was named one of Modern Painter’s 24 artists to watch in 2013. Work by Lee is held in museum collections including, the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

José Lerma A was born in Seville, Spain. He has had residencies at the CORE Residency Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. Lermalives and works in Chicago and New York, and is Professor of Drawing and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lerma has exhibited his work widely both nationally and internationally, including major solo institutional exhibitions at CAM Raleigh, North Carolina and MCA Chicago, Illinois. He currently has a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Michigan, and a forthcoming exhibition at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2015.

Judith Linhares came of age in the socially turbulent “take-it-to-the-streets” days of feminism, underground comics, and poetic reverie in Northern California. In 1975, she received the prestigious Adeline Kent Award in recognition for her contributions to the art of the region. After participating in Marcia Tucker’s ‘Bad’ Painting exhibition and receiving the (first of three) National Endowment for the Arts Grants, Linhares moved to New York City. Her resume includes 40 one-person exhibitions. She recently received The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Works are included in the collections of The Whitney Museum, Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum, Berkley Museum, and Yale University.

Mark Loiacono lives and works in a very old house in Brooklyn. He is an advanced doctoral candidate in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is currently writing a dissertation entitled “Shadow of a Doubt: Andy Warhol’s Abstractions.” Mark has held research and curatorial positions at the Dedalus Foundation and the Morgan Library & Museum. He also plays in a band with Cynthia Daignault (see above).

Rory Mulligan currently lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He received a BA from Fordham University and a MFA from Yale University in 2010. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mulligan’s work has been published by J&L Books (Atlanta), Blind Spot Magazine (New York) and Art Licks (London) and his writing will be featured in The Photographer’s Playbook published by Aperture. He is a 2014 Artist in Residence at Light Work in Syracuse, New York.

Kamau Amu Pattonis an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. Patton has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Queens Nails Annex in San Francisco, Machine Project in Los Angeles and Tilton Gallery in New York. He has worked collaboratively on artists’ projects at MOMA in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Patton was a 2010-2011 A.I.R. at The Studio Museum in Harlem. His work was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the fall of 2011 as part of the 2010 SECA Art Award exhibition and in 2012 as part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival.

Nancy Shaver lives and works in Jefferson, New York. Her work has appeared in major solo shows at Curt Marcus Gallery and Feature, New York, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, and John David Gallery in Hudson, NY. She was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1993, an Anonymous Was a Woman award in 2008 and, in 2010, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, Chase Manhattan Bank and the Progressive Corporation. Since 1998, Shaver has run a shop called Henry as well as Incident Report, an experimental viewing station, in Hudson, New York.

Mathew Zefeldt is an Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Minnesota. Zefeldt received his BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009. He was awarded the Dedalus MFA Fellowship in 2011. He was the River Fellows Artist at Columbus State University in Georgia, and was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Zefeldt has had solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Swarm Gallery in Oakland, Michael Rosenthal Gallery in San Francisco, and Skinner Howard Gallery in Sacramento.

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