NADA Miami

December 6-9, 2013

NADA Miami 2013
The Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141

For NADA Miami 2013, Jessica Silverman Gallery presents works by Barbara Kasten, Matt Lipps, Ruairiadh O’Connell and Sean Raspet. These artists are all inventing new forms that are in productive dialogues with both photography and sculpture.

Barbara Kasten
(b. 1936, Chicago). Kasten’s cyanotypes were produced in 1974, well before other artists adopted the form. They use thin fiberglass screens, reminiscent of gauze, to create photograms without a camera. Using a paintbrush, she hand-coated watercolor paper with cyanotype emulsion and when the paper was exposed to light, the abstract forms emerged. The resulting works are crisp but elusive records that suggest three-dimensional space.

Matt Lipps
(b. 1975, San Francisco). Lipps uses collage to evoke sculptural tropes and theatrical staging. In his “Library of Photography” (2013) series, he combines images cut from a seventeen-volume set of 1970s Time/Life books and 35mm photographs he took when he was a high school photography student. The resulting photographs are complex still lives that juxtapose personal history with the history of photography. The works are also a requiem for analog photography that poses questions about memory and history in the digital age.

Ruairiadh O’Connell
(b. 1983, Aberdeen, Scotland). O’Connell’s wax-based silkscreens take their designs from casino carpets that are meant to fuel gamblers’ ambitions and transforms them into visually stimulating studies of motif and pattern. By altering their materials and elevating their positions from the floor to the wall, the resulting artworks disrupt the intended spatial and psychological functions of their sources.

Sean Raspet
(b. 1981, Washington D.C.). Raspet’s work often attempts to fuse the optical and the tactile. His “Texture Map” wall works are like sculptures partially flattened into two dimensions. They hang off the wall like TV monitors and contain lenticular lenses, painterly gestures and plastic film that cast intriguing shadows on the wall. His “Cubes” consist of clear Plexiglas boxes filled with a translucent polymer gel, flecks of silicone and a plastic container filled with a special liquid. The liquid is a scent designed by Raspet called Phantom Ringtone, a smell that stimulates the feeling that someone is calling you.