Ana Cardoso and Christian Bonnefoi “The Other Side an In Between” at Longhouse Projects, New York
Longhouse Projects is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Ana Cardoso and Christian Bonnefoi. This is the first show at the gallery for both artists and Bonnefoi’s first in New York in 15 years. The Other Side and In Between describes a synthesis in both bodies of work.
“The Other Side” names a specific material approach to the painting surface, one that convokes a recto-verso relationship; while “In Between” refers to the interstices of collage, placement, installation and display, and the oscillating status of painting as an object.
Cardoso shows new work including wall installations of shifting panels, corner and concrete objects. Some of her modes of display include paintings stacked or piled. The artist’s formal concerns fall somewhere between collage and installation. On the one hand maintaining the material syntax of disjunctive limits and excess, and on the other, using the architecture of the gallery as her frame. Forms and signifiers link and float, and the rawness of the space is made present. Cardoso works in the history of abstraction that concerns itself with the expressive potential of the process and material problematics in painting.
On view there are several works from Bonnefoi’s series Eureka, which refers to the prose poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Made from 1996 to 2009, they examine the relation of four dimensions: the recto, the verso, the thickness between them, and the temporal process – what Bonnefoi calls “the movement of the four.” Laura Lisbon describes this series in her essay Christian Bonnefoi as:
Primarily characterized by divisions and displacements of color – color patches cut together to produce an effect of movement. Many works incorporate a double move or impulse of dividing the already divided, such as cutting divisional lines or displacing the placement of color. Likewise, the visual accessibility through the surface to the stretcher further divides the work by its own structural support, suggesting that painting begins and returns to its own dividedness. (As Painting: Division and Displacement, Columbus, OH: Wexner Center for the Arts, 2001. p. 82)
Consistent with the gallery’s objective to create a forum where artists can engage in a cross-cultural and intergenerational dialogue, Cardoso invited Bonnefoi to exhibit with her.
until 28 February 2014
Ana Cardoso and Christian Bonnefoi “The Other Side and In Between” installation views at Longhouse Projects, New York, 2014
Courtesy: of the artist and Longhouse Projects, New York.