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Michael Vahrenwald at Wave Hill - April 5 to July 4, 2016

Please join Michael Vahrenwald and others at the Reception this Sunday, April 10, 2-4:30 pm at 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx, NY 10471

(Not So) Still Life presents novel ways that contemporary artists are transforming the still life genre to engage with current culture. As a subject, the still life gained popularity in the Early Renaissance as an alternative to landscape, portraiture or religious subjects. Compositions of natural and inanimate objects were often presented with allegorical connotations. Today, artists are creating new variations by working in photography and sculpture to conflate interior space with landscape, or by using video and animation to convey still life in motion. Several artists will be creating new works that respond to the domestic interior of Glyndor Gallery, once a private home. 

To reactivate the genre, several artists are looking directly at historic paintings. In a new site-specific work, Nicole Cohen creates a video overlay of an animation of 18th century Dutch master Jan van Huysum’s, Fruit Piece (1722), on an image of a gallery window with a view of the Hudson River that brings to life the changing and rebirth of seasons rendered in the Dutch masterpiece. Ori Gersht’s photographs On Reflection capture the split-second moments of creation in destruction of exploding mirrors reflecting faithfully recreated floral arrangements based on paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder. Michael Vahrenwald’s photographs from his series, Forest Floor (after Otto Marseus van Schrieck), capture found still lifes on sidewalks in Brooklyn’s industrial areas, in a nod to the paintings of 17th century Dutch botanist and entomologist Otto Marseus van Schrieck. Alex VerhaestTemps Mort: Table Props reference the vanitas imagery of Pieter Claesz and Willem Claesz Heda, while combining contemporary technology and classical themes to recreate visual narratives.

To read more about this exhibition please visit Wave Hill's website