gallery weekend preview

Lucy Coggle
April 27 - June 16
A video piece, several new drawings and an artist book titled An Argument Against A/R/T/I/C/U/L/A/T/I/O/N compromise British artist Lucy Coggle's second solo show at Chert. This cross-disciplinary breakdown of language and semiotics explores the visual space where language and aesthetic representation overlap. The simply scrawled marks on paper begin to boarder on abstraction. In doing so, our reading of these marks points to our reliance and compulsive need for explicit representation. For Coggle, this lack of authority one can attribute to language is crucial, as she sees it as something that is subjective and therefore malleable.

Galerie Mehdi Chouakri
John M Armleder
Fungus Emulsion
April 27 - June 16
Swiss artist John M Armleder has a practice that incorporates furniture (objects for which the artist has coined the term "furniture sculptures") with monochromatic or geometric paintings. Together these exhibition-centric installations focus the viewer's attention on the relationship between foreground and background by initiating multiple readings of an object with its surrounding.

Gerhardsen Gerner
Lari Pittman
April 27-June 30
Lari Pittman’s solo show “Irrevocable” at Gerhardsen Gerner consists of four large-scale and ten smaller paintings by the artist. Easily recognizable for their vibrant figurative reticulations, Pittman's practice is often one that evades categorization. The Los Angeles based artist has long been a rogue voice in the painting world. The multilayered canvas representations resemble collage with a dense network of image, color and shape that yield self-contained semi-narratives.

Contemporary Fine Arts
Julian Schnabel
Contemporary Fine Arts' Gallery Weekend exhibition was a solo show by American artist Julian Schnabel. Since the early 1990s, Schnabel has incorporated disparate found objects into the tactile and fragmented surfaces of his canvases, creating baroque works that elevate his painting into a new discourse of neo-expressionism.

Galerie Max Hetzler
Rachel Warren
Fuel "Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclodaedia"
April 27- June 16, 2012
Playing with the fragility of clay, Rachel Warren creates bronze castings that range is size, shape and color. These semi-figurative sculptures have taken obvious inspiration from Giocometti and Rodin. However, Warren's works are counter intuitively convoluted into bulbous structures that assume a certain sexuality and simultaneous celebration of the medium. In “Russian Criminal Tattoo Encycolopaedia,” art duo Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell (otherwise known as FUEL), juxtapose 32 photographs of the inside of Russian prisons by photojournalist Sergei Vasiliev with 120 detailed ink drawings of tattoos from a similar environment by former prison guard Danzig Baldaev. These detailed drawings and honest depictions of prison life are arranged in rigid typological groupings and serve as an investigation into the morals and social constructs of this otherwise closed society.

Johnen Galerie
Martin Boyce - In Praise of Shadows
Stefan Bertalan - De Natura Rerum
27 April- 23 June
On the occasion of Gallery Weekend, Johnen Galerie will present two separate artists: Stefan Bertalan and Martin Boyce. Bertalan's exhibition morally engages with his subject matter in light of his constructive ideology, but for Boyce, the artistic output is more visual. Modernist design is at the very essence of the visual vocabulary with which the artist works. Made from industrial materials, Boyce incorporates architectural elements and landscape forms into succinct geometric shapes. The balance and rigidness of the sculptural works are equal parts disorienting and poetic.

[Image:"The Unknown Painter and The Muse Will Never Meet", 2011, Julian Schnabel
Oil on Polyester; Courtesy of Contemporary Fine Arts]