Troy Brauntuch 2008
Presented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery
April 18, 2008- May 17, 2008
Reception: April 18, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of new work by Troy Brauntuch. The show will feature seven works on cotton and a selection of color photographs. This exhibition continues Brauntuch's investigation into public and private imagery. The artist depicts, for example, the interior of a European dry cleaner or the view inside of a butterfly pavilion with the same cool detachment he employs when picturing the back of his girlfriend's new coat. Drawing white-into-black conté crayon onto the surface of a cotton canvas, the artist produces various kinds of interruptions through this pigmentation between images and their presumed meanings. At first glance, it takes a moment for the viewer's eyes to acclimate and recognize, if at all, these various images or, in other cases, to penetrate the sheer ordinariness of the images depicted. Explanation of what one is seeing is given by the artist through the use of parentheses in his titles, as in Untitled (Butterfly Pavilion). This use of the parenthetical also hints at the process that the artist employs of existing in the interstice between formal abstraction and the concrete image.
A member of the so-called Pictures Generation, Troy Brauntuch first exhibited with such contemporaries as Jack Goldstein, Robert Longo, Philip Smith and Sherrie Levine in the early 1980s, pivoting in the "Pictures" exhibition at Artists Space in 1977. The work of Troy Brauntuch is in many prominent public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and he recently had a solo exhibition at Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble.
A comprehensive monograph spanning 30 years of the artist's career with essays by Johanna Burton and Douglas Eklund will be published by JRP/Ringier this fall.
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