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INSPIRATION
"The Avant Garde Never Gives Up" - Asgar Jorn
 
Action For Freedom, New Works by Lee Wells
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ACTION FOR FREEDOM: NEW WORKS BY LEE WELLS
AT ROOSTER GALLERY CONTEMPORARY ART

Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art announces “Action For Freedom: New Works by Lee Wells," featuring new video action paintings from the “Soul Series,” opening on Thursday February 17, 2011.

Check out my YouTube Channel to see some of the video teasers that I have  created for the show.

Lee Wells (born 1971), offers a complex intermix of images, which engage issues of war, sexuality, freedom and liberation. Deeply rooted in the history of painting and dialogue of the Avant-garde, “Action For Freedom”, presents portraits of humanity as an attempt to create order within the chaos, confusion and wonder of the early 21st century.

In the main gallery, the “Soul Series,” is comprised of life sized brightly painted, pseudoexpressionist portraits that have aggressive holes blasted through their surface, revealing found video footage of actual social unrest, suicide bombers, police brutality and military combat that expose our totalist media information world. Not only do these works inevitably question the act of painting in line with that of COBRA and Fluxus art but also attempt to offer a perspective into the global post-traumatic stress found within society today.

veiled-woman-1-web.jpg In the lower level, the artist presents realistic grisaille paintings, which include an oversized portrait of the US Army Ranger, football star Pat Tillman and friendly fire casualty along with small intimate nude portraits of veiled women, which form a silent fetishized audience to Wells’ first feature length film titled Freedom Club.” Based loosely on the writings of Guy Debord, Ted Kaczynski and his own, the film is an experimental modern day science fiction faerie tale about love, revolution and freedom in the post-technological age.

Wells’ immersive high definition works for “Video Forest” are currently on view through 2014 at the Kimpo International Airport, Seoul, Korea, and was most recently commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum to write an essay on new video art and the Avant-garde, titled, "Andy, Nam June and Me at the Zoo."

His artwork and projects primarily question systems of power and control and have been exhibited internationally for over 15 years, including the 51st Venice Biennale; PS1/MoMA, New York, NY; and the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. In addition, other Wells’ works are held by the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.; the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.; U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, PA.; and Hana Bank, Seoul, Korea.

The exhibition catalog, which includes an essay by independant curator Lara Pan, will be publicly presented on Sunday, March 6, in affiliation with the Lower East Side Business Improvement District and the Armory Arts Week 2011 gallery walk. The artist will be present.


For more information please contact:
Alexander Slonevsky at +1 212 230 1370 or alex (at) roostergallery (dot) com

Reception: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6 – 8pm
Catalog presentation: Sunday, March 6 2011, 12 – 6pm
Exhibition Dates: February 17 to March 13
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Closed Mondays.
Address: 190 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

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Bureau of Curatorial Affairs @ Scope Miami 2010

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“A Turn of the Card, A Spin of the Wheel, A Roll of the Dice”



Presented by the Bureau of Curatorial Affairs - Booth G04



curated by Raul Zamudio

artists include: BTA, Gregory de La Haba, [dNASAb], Erik Pye, and Lee Wells

square_red_dice_04.jpgThe Bureau of Curatorial Affairs presents “A Turn of the Card, A Spin of the Wheel, A Roll of the Dice” featuring a diverse collective of mixed-media art works by Gregory de la Haba, BTA, [dNASAb], Erik Pye, and Lee Wells for the Scope Miami 2010 annual exhibition, described as one of the most progressive forces of the 20+ contemporary art fairs surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach, and sited in the Miami Midtown Arts District from November 30 through December 5, 2010.

Unlike the conventional art fair booth mounted by commercial galleries, Bureau of Curatorial Affairs’ presentation, curated by Raul Zamudio, will be a visually poetic mash up of art exhibition and casino. The exhibition consists of an eclectic group of New York-based artists who work in diverse media including painting, sculpture, video, media art, and photography and will be set within a gambling environment with a craps table manned by professional dealers and set for play on opening night. All of the artists are featured in a new Michael Knowles documentary titled “Gambling in Art, A Story of Six New York Artists Who’ve Gone All In”, which follows the group of art colleagues as they pursue their art in today’s New York art scene. A trailer for the upcoming film will be revealed to the public for the first time at Scope Miami 2010.

“These artists are, in one sense, gamblers of sorts who wager, bluff and fold their way through the treacherous New York art world filled with dealer hucksters, curatorial con men, and art critic carpetbaggers of all stripes,” states Raul Zamudio, curator & founder of The Bureau of Curatorial Affairs. “Dedicated to their work to the very end, the stakes for these artists are very high as they ante up their all for nothing less than total success.” The exhibition also uses the trope of gambling as a point of thematic departure in addressing other types of high stakes living faced in daily life including geo-political wars where combatants often feel like cards shuffled by politicians for their own power games; and rampant global environmental calamity where we all end up as losers.

The Bureau of Curatorial Affairs is a global, nomadic curatorial project organized by Raul Zamudio with a rotating roster of operatives whom are diverse in their thinking and curatorial practice and work in all forms of media. Zamudio is New York-based independent curator and writer. He has curated more than 70 exhibitions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia including co-curator, “City Without Walls”, 2010 Liverpool Biennial; co-curator, 2009 Beijing 798 Biennial; co-curator, 2008 Seoul International Media Art Biennial. He has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 40 books and catalogs.

The group exhibition will be open for viewing at Booth G03, at The Scope Miami Pavilion - The Miami Midtown Arts District located at Midtown Boulevard (NE 1st Avenue) between NE 30th & NE 31st Street beginning on Tuesday, November 30 - 3pm - 9pm. For more information on artists, direct queries to Bureau of Curatorial Affairs Operative Paola Omboni at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
"Andy, Nam June and Me at the Zoo" Published by the Guggenheim Museum
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Guggenheim Museum publishes my commissioned essay "Andy, Nam June and Me at the Zoo" as part of the YouTube Play Biennial of Creative Video. The piece discusses the relationship between online video, the Avant-Garde and 21st century video art. 

Please check it out on the Take Blog and leave a comment.
CLICK HERE TO ADD TO THE CONVERSATION

Andy, Nam June and Me at the Zoo

“Some people would never be considered, were it not that some excellent adversaries had mentioned them. There is no greater vengeance than oblivion, as it buries such people in the dust of their nothingness.” —Baltazar Gracian, as quoted in “Open Creation and Its Enemies,”
Internationale Situationniste #5 (December 1960)
 
Mediations Biennial - Eraced Walls Berlin
Eraced Walls - Mediations Biennial Berlin

"Transient Limits and Shifting Boundaries"

Mediations Biennial, as part of Erased Walls, at ConcentArt EV Berlin
2 Channel Installation
Curated by Raphaele Shirley and Lee Wells

Opening: Thursday, 7 October 2010 from 19.00
Exhibition lasts from 7 till 30 October 2010
Opening times: Wed – Fri 14.00 – 19.00, Sat 12.00 – 16.00

The impact of the former division of Central and Eastern Europe on the balance
of societies, in this video program, is reconsidered as a metaphor for
dichotomies, separations and alienations which can be found in palpable and
impalpable forms in our lives throughout the globe. As our human society grows
in complexity, histories and relationships are buried under the myriad of
information and one can loose track of divisions which exist within the everyday. The Artist's role in the midst of this is to reveal, through associations of image and concepts, unidentified or forgotten truths or contradictions. The group of artists chosen for this program each touch through their work on questions of boundaries whether they be within the realm of identity, physical endurance, aesthetics, social interaction, political positioning or geographical predetermination. Through delicate or bold strokes they re-represent chasms within our state of being, seeking to reveal or mend the differences which echo or stem from the divisions found within Europe in the last century, and within human relations as a whole.

 
PAM Artists include:
Heini Aho
, Katja Aglert
, Anonymous, Jason Archer
, George Barber
, Josephin Boettger
, Tomislav Brajnovic, Michal Brzezinski
, Rodney Dickson, Stephanie Dodes, 
Tony Hultqvist & Max Valentin, Manik, Bruno Muzzolini, 
Iris Piers
, Iva Rad
, Maria João Salema, 

Evelin Stermitz
, Tim White‐Sobieski
, and Sebastian Ziegler.

The international exhibition project entitled "Erased Walls" has been planned as a three-part project for presentation in Poland (Poznan: 11 Sept. – 30 Oct. 2010), Germany (Berlin: 7 – 30 October 2010) and Slovakia (Bratislava: 4 – 30 Nov. 2010).


After opening at the "Mediations Biennale Poznan 2010" (Poland), this highly acclaimed exhibition project is now coming to Berlin at "ConcentArt e.V. – A Space for Projects and Exhibitions". The project is supported by the EU's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). In addition, as an extension of the exhibition “Erased walls” in Poznan, ConcentArt in Berlin-Kreuzberg is showing the video screenings, video installations, objects of 55 international artists to this theme. The video medium in its ambivalent function – on the one hand as a seemingly neutral documentation of reality, on the other with the option of taking up a personal, creative position and viewpoint on reality – is at the heart of this exhibition. This enables the artists to take a stance on the current situation in Europe: an association of states where physical walls have been destroyed and simultaneously replaced by invisible ones. In their works the artists reflect on stereotypes of Europe's image, such as self-reflexivity, plurality, tolerance or liberal democracy, achievements which Europe can be proud of and which have become common property. So there are good reasons to insist on the specificity and the magic of European culture, even if much of it needs to be put into perspective. New realities are emerging – caused by global changes via modern communications, by growing rivalries between the countries of "old" Europe and the "new" Europe that was formerly excluded from the distribution of wealth and now wants to participate in consumption. No resources are spared to achieve this objective. In addition, an intensification of financial "cannibalism" in the wake of the current financial crisis is leading to even greater disparities between rich and poor. This reinforces xenophobia and intolerance. As a result, hollow pronouncements on reconciling economic growth with social inclusion, cultural self-will with profit remain – like most other pronouncements – unfulfilled, at least up until now. The illusion of progress in the fields of communication and innovation is total, and the accelerated merry-go-round of values and standards continues against a backdrop of bottomless inequality.


Artists of the exhibition:

Video program of PAM – Perpetual Art Machine (US) – 17 artists
Video program of Ottica TV (GB) – 17 artists
Video program of NCCA – National Centre of Contemporary Art (RU) – 17 Artists
Koen Theys (BE)
Costantino Ciervo (IT)
Alterazionevideo (IT)
Timo Kahlen (DE)
Roland Schefferski (PL)
Jan-Peter E. R. Sonntag (DE)

For more information please see
www.concentart.org

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A Light at the End of the Tunnel @ SCOPE BASEL 2010
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Scope Foundation and Perpetual Art Machine presents

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

an epic video art trilogy about the human condition, curated by Lee Wells

with artwork by: Michael Paulus, Sirrin Mozaffari, Madame X, Den Marino, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, Nathania Rubin, Chris Coleman, Bruno Muzzolini, John Criscitello, Miranda Raimondi and Samuel Pellman, Stella Rey, Richard O'Sullivan, Nightmare City, Brit Bunkley, Dana Sederowsky, Francis Coy, Bo Lee, Julieta Maria, Eva Davidova, Jonathan Monaghan, Shiva Lynn Burgos, dNASAb, Fabel Kommunication, Alvin Case, Gratuitous Art Productions, Karl Erickson, Hye Yeon Nam, Celeste Fichter, Yoshiko Kanai, and Pipi


SCOPE BASEL 2010
Kaserne Basel - June 15-19
 
"The Avant Garde Doesn't Give Up" - Asger Jorn

'Increase your necessity so that you may increase your perception.' --13th century Persian Sufi mystic Rumi, quoted by Bill Viola¨

A Light at the End of the Tunnel is an epic video art trilogy about the human condition, including seminal works by 30 international emerging artists chosen based on an open call from over 200 submissions.

The concept of life, death and rebirth has followed humanity through the ages as the self and the collective whole passes through time, creating a relative chain of events that could be called the history of universal human experience. Its through all of these varying histories, and a perpetual creative avant garde that continue to seek a move vivid understanding of the interconnectedness of life. Our great quest to solve the questions of our age could be exemplified by one of humankinds greatest achievements at CERN Labs, Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, the worlds largest machine. As the scientists at CERN continue to probe the most fundamental questions of life and the origins of the universe, we seek artists that are asking similar big questions in their creative practice and use their creativity to reveal the world in new and unexpected ways.

Why are we here? What does it all mean? How is it all relative to art in the 21st century?

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     Den Marino, The Illustration of Life, 2009
The Waking Hour
"To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life." - James Joyce
Michael Paulus, Sirrin Mozaffari, Madame X, Den Marino, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, Nathania Rubin, Chris Coleman, Bruno Muzzolini


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     Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, Soft Epic or; Savages of the Pacific West, 2008
The Big Sleep
"You'll have time to rest when you're dead" - Salvador Dali
John Criscitello, Miranda Raimondi and Samuel Pellman, Stella Rey, Richard O'Sullivan, Nightmare City, Brit Bunkley, Dana Sederowsky, Francis Coy, Bo Lee, Julieta Maria, Eva Davidova, Jonathan Monaghan

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     Shiva Lynn Burgos, A Ramble with Time, 20

The Dreamscape
“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” - James Dean
Shiva Lynn Burgos, dNASAb, Fabel Kommunication, Alvin Case, Gratuitous Art Productions, Karl Erickson, Hye Yeon Nam, Celeste Fichter, Yoshiko Kanai, Pipi


Also included will be a special selection of videos organized by artist/curator Laurence Billiet of Babelgum.com. The entire video program will be premeiring online at Babelgum to coinside with the opening of Scope Basel 2010. For more information please see www.scope-art.com.

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Kaserne Basel

Klybeckstr. 1b
CH - 4057 Basel

June 15-19 2010

FirstView

FirstView for all VIPs or 100 CHF donation at the door benefiting the SCOPE Foundation
Tuesday | June 15 |
3 - 7pm

PressView | Tuesday | June 15 | 3 - 7pm
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About the Curator
Lee Wells is an artist, independent curator and consultant currently living and working in New York. His artwork and projects primarily question systems of power and control and have been exhibited internationally for over 15 years, including the 51 st La Biennale Di Venezia, National Center for Contemporary Art Moscow, Kimpo International Airport, WRO07 XII Media Biennial, PS1/MoMA, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and Hermitage Museum in addition to numerous art fairs, festivals and galleries. He is a co-founder and director of IFAC-arts, an alternative curitorial program and nomadic gallery and since 2006, a co-founder of [PAM] the Perpetual Art Machine and has been a SCOPE Curator at Large since 2005. www.leewells.org

About SCOPE Foundation
SCOPE’S continued mission is to turn viewers into users. Since 2007, SCOPE International Art Fair is proud to announce the launch of the SCOPE Foundation, whose mandate is to help emerging contemporary artists, through grants, awards, and acquisitions. SCOPE is dedicated to not only supporting the international emerging artistic community, but local schools and not-for-profit arts institutions. www.scope-art.com

About Babelgum.com
A free, revolutionary Internet and Mobile TV platform supported by advertising, Babelgum combines the full-screen video quality of traditional television with the interactive capabilities of the Internet and offers professionally produced programming on-demand to a global audience. Founded in 2005, Babelgum's goal is to act as an international 'glue', bringing a huge range of professional and semi-professional content to a global audience – like a modern-day Tower of Babel. The bubble logo is a fun visual pun on the company name, but also reflects Babelgum's commitment to a green, global future.
www.babelgum.com

Special thanks to all of the great artists that submitted work.
Thank you for being a part of PAM.
 
Artists Meeting At Verge Art Fair - Dylan Hotel
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Verge Art Fair
New York 2010, 4-7 March
The Dylan Hotel, 52 East 41st Street

Artist Meeting Art Machine(SM)

The Artist Meeting Art Machine(SM) is a hacked together custom fine art dispensing device inspired by self service kiosks, Japanese automats, slot machines, ATM's, juke boxes, shopping malls and carnival games. An anarchists automat of sorts, The Art Machine(SM) creates a fun and accessible means for the public to engage with original 21st century avant-garde artwork and acquire it at recession level pricing. Artist Meeting is able to do this through intentionally undervaluing its products, cutting out the middle-man and automating the process of valuation, choice and the art of the sale. The Art Machine(SM) creates a subtle critique on capitalism and the art world and changes the art buying experience for the viewer. It is an art market hack.

The Art Machine(SM) will dispense an assortment of custom made objects and drawings via a $20 token operated system of mechanical and digital modules embedded in a 10 x 8 foot transparent plastic wall. The Art Machine(SM) process will randomly alternate between a drawing module and object module dispensing various AM art objects such as AM t-shirts and underwear, DIY intervention kits, AM 'Zines, photo books, digital prints, and other small artworks and ephemera the member artists have created for this project including over 300 feet of collaborative mixed media drawing.

For more information goto: http://www.vergeartfair.com/events_NYC10.html

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ARTISTS MEETING MARKET WATCH
Saturday, March 6 - 1PM

Organized by Lee Wells, IFAC Arts, with G.H. Hovagimyan and others TBA

Artists Meeting members G.H. Hovagimyan and Lee Wells are joined by special guests for an open discussion on the effects of the market on artistic production, marketing and making a living in the 21st century

"All an artist needs is a poet and a patron." - Charles Baudelaire.
"We are not dead yet, so buy now" - Lee Wells

Baudelaire supported his poetry habit by writing art criticism.

There are two external parts to the mechanics of art: The first is the theoretical and/or linguistic analysis (the contextualizing) of an artwork and the second is the financial support for artworks by a patron. This second dynamic is especially interesting because the patron's demand always influences the artwork. It follows that artists must generate their own criticism and capitalize their own work if they are to advance beyond this established mechanic. One resolution to this situation is the need for artists to create their own segment of the market, in which they can control the critical discourse and re-assert the rigorous values of their own practices.

One might begin this project by deconstructing various aspects of the art market and the artist's means of production, then proposing alternative ways to approach art making and the art market. For example, the art market is most comfortable with a brand name artist and a signature style. Working in collaborative artists groups can be a counteractive methodology more in tune with 21st Century networked culture. The analysis of the money transactions surrounding art is also a subject for expanded invention.

A perennial subject among artists is how to get money to sustain their practice. Thus, de-emphasizing the art object and focusing on the entire creative process provides an alternative way to expand the idea of both the market and the contextualizing of an artwork. Under this set of guidelines, the issue becomes not what type of art an artist produces but rather how the production process itself facilitates the evolution of a creative project; how one solves the problems of making art and being an artist.

For more information goto: http://www.vergeartfair.com/Verge_NYC_Conversations.html

 

ABOUT ARTISTS MEETING
Artists Meeting is an international, semi-anonymous arts collective based in New York City. Begun in 2006, as a research project and experiment in collaboration and the creative process, Artists Meeting has participated numerous events including; Conflux, Pulse Miami, Dokfest, the Dumbo Arts Festival and Postmasters Gallery. Artists Meeting members have exhibited their work in many major museums around the world including; MoMA, The Whitney Museum, Jeu du Paume, SF MoMA, Musée D'Art Contemporain de Marseille, The Walker Art Center, Musée D'art, Contemporain de Lyon, PS1, The State Hermitage Museum and MCA Chicago.

ABOUT VERGE
Verge is an international platform for the most exciting and interesting in new and emerging art. Verge exists to establish boundaries of the extraordinary as a counter to the natural compulsion towards stagnation in the way art is evaluated and delivered to the public. Staying true to this necessary state for the advancement of art requires a sustained focus on the best new ideas and practices of those marginal or newly emerging to international art audiences. The satisfaction of this fixed requirement for a healthy and competitive artistic culture is at the core of Verge as an international exposition of the highest quality artistic production and the galleries, museums and audiences who sustain it.

PROFESSIONAL PREVIEW
Thursday, March 4, 2010, Noon to 6:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Professional Preview is given to press and VIP
(both Verge, Armory Show and Volta cards are accepted) cardholders only. The
Opening Night Preview is for those cardholders and for paid public
admission.

OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW RECEPTION
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 6:00 to 10:00 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION GOTO: www.vergeartfair.com


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www.artistsmeeting.org

 
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