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Global Myopia (Language in Residence)
11 March – 29 April 2017
Reception: 11 March, 4-6pm
Marco Maggi: Global Myopia (Language in Residence)
Hosfelt Gallery is pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Marco Maggi’s first video installation. The two-channel, 30-minute video installation draws its content from Maggi’s 2015 Venice Biennale exhibition in the Uruguay pavilion.
Maggi’s video venerates and satirizes the complexities and paradoxes of the experience of contemporary art from the viewpoint of a spectator observing spectators.
In all of Maggi’s work, the necessity of slowing down, moving in closely, and examining carefully are requisites to encountering the intricacies of his techniques and ideas. In Maggi’s view, myopia has a positive connotation: narrowing one’s vision to focus, pay attention, and contemplate. It becomes an act of rebellion in a world of incessant distraction, where the speed and quantity of information is instantaneous, omnipresent, and overwhelming.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1957, Marco Maggi now divides his time between New Paltz, NY and Montevideo. He was chosen to represent Uruguay in the 2015 Venice Biennale. His work is in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; as well as in the Cisneros Collection, New York and the Daros Foundation, Zurich.
Jutta Haeckel: Future Echo
Düsseldorf-based painter Jutta Haeckel has accomplished a rare feat in the crowded arena of contemporary art – she has developed a style of painting that is unique. In her fifth exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery, she uses her technical breakthrough to express the uncertainty of our time.
Haeckel creates multiple viewpoints within a single painting by treating three-dimensional representation within a picture plane as fluid. Her technique reverses traditional processes of depiction: instead of drawing a line to define the outline of a form, she delineates a shape by painting the negative space around it, inverting one’s perception of foreground and background.
The effect is, as erstwhile critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, described it, a “dreamlike quality of one image or plane of awareness bleeding or burning through another, a sensation available only to memory, seldom approximated in any pictorial art.”
Haeckel believes we exist in a time of increasingly rapid change and instability. Populations are finding conventional patterns, structures, codes and rules no longer reliable. She uses ambiguity – of space, perspective and perception – as a metaphor to describe that flux, and the necessity to think elastically.
Jutta Haeckel was born in Hannover, Germany in 1972. She studied at Hochschule für Künste, Bremen, Germany and Goldsmiths College, London, England. She has exhibited widely in Germany, including recent exhibitions at the Kunsthalle in Recklinghausen and at Schloss Detmold. This is her fifth solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery.