Fall season kick-starters - Art Collector

  Trisha Baga’s exhibition Orlando, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy: the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

By Jessica Holburn

While many New York galleries opt to open their new fall shows on Thursday 10 September, Greene Naftali made a wise move opening on the 3rd, and not with just one show but a doubleheader. The ground floor exhibition presents new work from Miami-born, New York-based artist Trisha Baga, the artist’s second solo show at the gallery. Orlando is a multimedia installation that takes place in a future tense unto which real objects in space are juxtaposed against digital screens, informed by the Virginia Woolf novel and the city in Florida of the same name. Akin to a museological display, here Baga presents an installation of crude, glazed ceramic artifacts including one of the Statue of Liberty looking like a candle of melting wax, the ceramic Crocs proved a hit on Instagram (and at the bargain price of $3,000 a pair who can possibly say no?) as well as the ceramic packet of Doritos spilling forth with corn chips, beneath the gimmickry and humor resides what Art Forum writer Claire Bishop calls a kind of “homespun aesthetic,” where post-internet and proto-internet realms collide. Baga’s work is autobiographical, featuring “seed portraits” of her immediate family members as androgynous youths, comprising ingredients you’re likely to find in the health food isle of your supermarket; amaranth grain, chia seed, flax seed, sesame seed and quinoa. In her video projection work, Peacock Museum The Department of Education, pop culture meets peacocks as they nibble away at seed portraits of Ellen Degeneres and Rosie O’Donnell.

  Courtesy: the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

At just 30, Baga has already held solo shows at the Zabludowicz Collection, London and Gio Marconi, Milan in 2014; Peep-Hole, Milan in 2013; Societe, Berlin in 2013; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2012; and Greene Naftali, New York in 2011. Baga’s photobooth screensavers at the Alexander McQueen for Target project in 2009 also increased her visibility. Her work has been attracting attention from discerning critics such as Ken Johnson in The New York Times, who wrote of her work in 2012: “To be an artist of Ms. Baga’s sort is not to be good at anything in particular, but to be a porous intelligence open to the world and to all possible ways of mirroring it.”

Dream Displacement (1976) by experimental film pioneer Paul Sharits shows alongside Baga’s work on the 8th floor of the gallery. The exhibition marks the New York City debut of Sharits’ four-projector locational film installation, originally exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 1976 and re-presented there in 2012 for the group exhibition Wish You Here: The Buffalo Avant-Garde in the 1970s. Stripped of narrative, his films lead the viewer into a continuous loop of ambient sound and image. Also on view are paintings and drawings that were created during the time that Dream Displacement was made, each depicting anatomy in various states of tension.

Trisha Baga, Orlando and Paul Sharits, Dream Displacement show at Greene Naftali, Chelsea, New York from 3 September to 3 October 2015 .

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