Paradoxes in Simultaneity, 2012
Glass transmission holograms, TEA solution, and acrylic on canvas
36 in. x 36 in.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Samuel W. Kho, Gallery Curator
All Things Project @ NCGV
Susan Joyce, Director
All Things Project is pleased to present ERIC LEISER: HOLOGALACTIC, a solo show by an emerging artist working in holographic painting and representation today, curated by Susan Joyce (Fringe Exhibitions) and Samuel W. Kho. This summer exhibition is in conversation with concurrent exhibitions at MIT Media Labs and New Museum’s “Pictures from the Moon 1969-2008/ Ghosts in the Machine”. ERIC LEISER: HOLOGALACTIC advances the technological sophistication of holography with matters related to science and theoretical physics, and realized as a large-scale installation, requires “real-time” viewer experience. In a complex process, the artist draws, sculpts, and then shoots sets of multiple exposure glass transmission holograms, intuiting organic, fluid forms. The sets of holograms are arrayed within an amorphous dark space analogous to how one senses sublimity and discovery in the night sky. The holograms function as windows into newly formed constellations of what is now conceived by humanity as a deeply interconnected, cavernous multiverse.
While engaging Spinoza, Bachelard, Deleuze, and other thinkers, Eric Leiser responds as an artist to the central contention that measured Time resists strict objectivity, that Time is understood as anthropocentric by definition. Additionally, the prescient, mid-twentieth century philosopher Henri Bergson specifically argues that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity fails to live up to its promise of a truer relativity, running counter to its own findings and blindly relying on old paradigms. In all this, the artist is looking for a lived understanding in which Bergson’s imagination can find true simultaneity alongside scientific evidence of a complex, multiversal world; an expansion of the photographic, the extra-dimensionality of ERIC LEISER: HOLOGALACTIC as paintings and environmental installation facilitates this grand vision. Also included in the exhibition are a series of framed glass holograms and a newly created short animated film depicting laser light and defraction.
During the 1970s, artists saw potential in holography as an experimental medium and began to collaborate with scientists to make their work. By the 1980s holography became a new force in the art world, used by artists Harriett Casdin-Silver, Doris Villa, and Eduardo Kac, among others. Eric Leiser is one of only a few young artists again extending the medium of holography today. In summer 20012, MIT Media Lab hosts the 9th International Symposium on Display Holography, which will include work by Leiser.
Eric Leiser is an artist, holographer, animator, filmmaker, and puppeteer, who studied at CalArts (BFA ’05, MFA ’07), and is based in New York City. His most recent solo exhibitions include Live With Animals in New York City, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Group exhibitions include Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Cabinet Magazine, Mass MOCA; with his experimental films shown internationally at museums and festivals such as the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art (Greece) and ANNECY Film Festival (France). An installation at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn is being planned for Fall 2012.
ERIC LEISER: HOLOGALACTIC is the third project presented by All Things Project in 2012, marking the fourth year as organized by Gallery Curator Samuel W. Kho. The gallery was launched with assistance from a matching grant and is sustained by generous donors. All Things Project and its gallery are part of the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village (NCGV), a house of worship supporting cutting-edge visual practices, thoughtful lectures, as well as music and performances. More info at http://www.allthingsproject.wordpress.com and http://www.ncgv.net.
ERIC LEISER: HOLOGALACTIC, Curated by Susan Joyce and Samuel W. Kho
Please inquire about preview opportunities ahead of June 28th. Opening & Artist’s Reception: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Summer Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted, or by appointment. Related lectures and film screenings TBA.
Admission is free and open to the public