Posted on:November 6, 2009
Momenta Art is pleased to announce the opening of Untreated Strangeness offering an experience that is diffuse, disassociated but held together by a singular view of the present. The exhibition, curated by writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus, will feature the work of Los Angeles-based photographer and critic George Porcari, augmented by three new Jorge Pardo sculptures and a video loop by Naomi Fisher. Porcari?s remarkable body of work spans almost four decades. Born in Lima, Peru in the 1950s, he emigrated to Los Angeles at age 11 and began taking photographs ten years later to record his own sense of dislocation. In subsequent years, Porcari went on to document his observations of cities (New York, Chicago, Europe, Latin America) through occasional series of photographs, which have also included cinematically-inspired collages, portraits of Los Angeles/international artist friends, the US-Mexican border, and still-lives of an intensely-curated assortment of books. His images are bracingly realistic and incidentally lyrical. The installation will be anchored by a dense assortment of images of varying sizes hung on the gallery walls. But this fixed installation will be augmented by video-loop transmission and loose prints, to be handled by viewers. This display will be facilitated by three Jorge Pardo sculptures created specifically for this exhibition: Partition (2009), a curved screen onto which Naomi Fisher?s violently tropical video-loop will be projected, and Tables 1 and 2 (2009), where viewers may sit and examine loose prints from Porcari?s vast bank of images. The exhibition will run from October 30th-December 7th, 2009. We are located at 359 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Our hours are Thursday-Monday, 12-6PM.