Amanda Lechner, “Beta-Carboline Instar Discovery”
526 West 26th Street, No. 807
June 28 - July 15, 2012
Reception: Thursday, June 28, 6 - 8 PM
Join us Thursday, June 28th, for the opening of Field Projects Show #5: First Contact. The works in this exhibition were chosen to recreate the sublime moment of an adolescent’s first discovery of the world of Science Fiction. Show # 5: First Contact includes work by Lisha Bai, Megan Burns, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Sean Duffy, Allison Edge, Matt Frieburghaus, Shawn Gallagher, Sarah Gamble, Micah Ganske, David Herbert, Laura Kaufman, Hein Koh, Jennifer Ku, Amanda Lechner, Erica Magrey, Betsy Odom, Julia Oldham, Naomi Reis, Rachel Ritchford, Mike Peter Smith, Louis Spano, Studio AND, J.P. Roy, and Christopher Ulivo.
For most American artists of my generation, our first contact with the sublime and in-turn art was within the deep space of pop culture: a book cover, a poster, a TV show, a movie. My own awakening came from looking at a Chris Foss book that my older brother stole from our local library. Chris Foss is a science fiction illustrator responsible for hundreds of scifi novel covers as well as concept illustrations for Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 film, Alien. When I saw Chris Foss’ watercolors of hulking ships adrift in space with colored gases leaking into the vacuum, I was stunned- not only by the concept of our future demise within the promise of technology, but also in recognizing the material aspect of the painting: the stains of water color depicting gas in zero gravity.
Show#5: First Contact recreates our first glimpse at the power of science fiction imagery and its unique parallel to the experience of being an adolescent. Our first contact with scifi was also our first contact with adolescent curiosity, social confusion, sexuality, and the expansive world of technology. The works in this exhibition combine paintings by women of awkward adolescent boys gazing out in wonder and lust into a room filled with scifi influenced contemporary art. Guests of the gallery will fall under the gaze of the boys and walk amongst the hulking mass of work that entrances them.
Field Projects will be open June 28th – July 15th, Thur – Sun, 12-6 or by appointment.
526 W 26th Street, #807
NY, NY 10001