New works by Bradley Eros, Jeanne Liotta, and Kenneth Curwood
March 24 – April 15
Opening Reception Sunday March 24, 6-9pm
MICROSCOPE GALLERY is extremely pleased to present Triple Blind an exhibition of moving-image installations and objects by Bradley Eros, Jeanne Liotta and Kenneth Curwood. Each of the artists – who have previously shown works with the gallery and are also friends and collaborators – work in multiple mediums, with an emphasis on light-based forms, including film and expanded cinema. While acknowledging these and other shared interests including the usage of found footage, cameraless cinema, decay and deterioration processes, and – perhaps most strongly – science and its relationship to art, Triple Blind strives to avoid making assumptions or postulations about the relationships among these artists and their current practices.
For Triple Blind, Eros, Liotta, and Curwood were invited to contribute installations of their own choosing, independent of subject matter and without knowledge of the other artists in the show. The approach – as the name suggests – is one of random control, not only in curation, but also in the inherent nature of the film and slide installations on view.
Bradley Eros’s new light composition “approximating the golden spiral” contemplates the intersection of myth and science. 35mm slides hand-made from colored gels, reflective metals and photo collage are arranged within the looping slide carousel according to a Fibonacci sequence. In “diagram, squared” by Jeanne Liotta, two 16mm found physic films dealing with the concepts of Time Dilation and Relativity of Simultaneity are projected upon original digital prints from the artist’s “Spontaneous Geometry” series, expanding both the viewing of the films and the static prints. Kenneth Curwood’s contribution is a highly personal and private cinematic experience featuring altered toy Super 8mm film viewers in which the artist has replaced the original film material with his own hand-processed film. The viewers permit the user to change the speed or to watch frame-by-frame. The magic of cinema is in the observer’s hand.
Triple Blind opens Sunday March 24 and continues through Monday April 15th.
Opening Reception Sunday March 24, 6-9PM
BRADLEY EROS is an artist working in myriad media: experimental film & video, collage, photography, performance, sound, text, contracted and expanded cinema & installation. He has exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, NY; The American Century at the Whitney Musuem, NY; MoMA, NY; MoMA PS1, Queens, NY; The Kitchen, NY; New Museum, NY; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Performs09, Exit Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), NY; The New York, London & Rotterdam Film Festivals, among many others. He has collaborated with the Alchemical Theater, the band Circle X, Voom HD Lab, expanded cinema groups kinoSonik & Arcane Project, and most recently with the Optipus film group. For many years he has been a manager and research at Anthology Film Archives as well as a Member of the Board of Director’s of the Film-makers’ Cooperative in New York.
JEANNE LIOTTA was born and raised in NYC where she makes films and other ephemera – including photographs, works on paper and live projection performances. Her latest body of work takes place at a curious intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Her 16mm film OBSERVANDO EL CIELO received the Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival and her work has been represented in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, The New York Film Festival ; KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne; The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art; and The Sundance Channel among others. She has been the recipient of awards from The Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Museum of Contemporary Cinema. She is currently on the Faculty of the Film Studies Department at the University of Colorado Bolder and at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College.
KENNETH ZORAN CURWOOD is an artist and filmmaker from New York. In his work, Curwood often takes apart old movie cameras and projectors, and re-purposes them to photograph movies one frame at a time (DIY optical printing). He then processes the film in home-made chemical mixtures. Curwood’s works have been shown among others at Anthology Film Archives, Canada Gallery, Union Docs, Louis V E.S.P., and Heliopolis Gallery. Kenneth Curwood graduated with a BA in sculpture from the School of the Visual Arts.
Special thanks to Joel Schlemowitz.
Still from Bradley Eros’ Fibonacci-sequence-based slide show (2013) © Image courtesy of the artist
Still from Jeanne Liotta’s double 16mm film projection on digital prints (2012) © Image courtesy of the artist
Still from Kennteh Curwood’s Super8mm films through altered viewers (2013) © Image courtesy of the artist