Forever & Today, Inc. presents Heather Rowe and Kevin Zucker: SD Studio Dynamics 57UMSTRA1 “Strata #1,” Unmounted, 5×7

Forever & Today, Inc.

March 18, 2010

HEATHER ROWE AND KEVIN ZUCKER: SD STUDIO DYNAMICS 57UMSTRA1 “STRATA #1,” UNMOUNTED, 5X7
March 20 – April 25, 2010
Opening: Saturday, March 20, 6-8pm
Artists’ Talk: Wednesday, April 7, 7pm

Curated by Ingrid Chu and
Savannah Gorton

Forever & Today, Inc.
141 Division Street
New York, NY 10002
info [​at​] foreverandtoday.org

http://www.foreverandtoday.org

Forever & Today, Inc. announces the newly commissioned installation SD Studio Dynamics 57UMSTRA1 “Strata #1,” Unmounted, 5×7, 2010, a first-time collaboration between New York artists Heather Rowe and Kevin Zucker.

As part of Forever & Today’s curatorial mission to commission new work by cutting-edge contemporary artists and provide an opportunity to realize a challenging new project, this collaboration expands the artists’ recognized practices and engages a diverse public within the context of New York’s Lower East Side/Chinatown.

SD Studio Dynamics 57UMSTRA1 “Strata #1,” Unmounted, 5×7 takes its name from a black-and-white starburst effect studio backdrop incorporated into a site-specific series of three freestanding wooden shelving structures. Serving as the primary focus of the installation, the shelving apparatus is replete with angled panels, cut-glass mirrored panes, and fragmented sheer black scrim that absorb, reflect, and refract a series of theatrical lighting effects replicating the studio backdrop.

Additionally, elements from the original 1927 Loew’s Canal Theater’s archival architectural renderings are incorporated into the installation. Situated directly across the street from Forever & Today, Inc., the elaborate Spanish Baroque façade of this once grand movie palace, shuttered since the late-1970s, merely hints at its original interior grandeur.

Rowe and Zucker’s installation may be seen as a fantasy reconstruction (based on publicly available information) of the presently closed and inaccessible theater that simultaneously references its history and current status as a storage space. The dramatic lighting, predominantly black-and-white palette, and sense of fragmentation, reinforces the artists’ aesthetic homage to early film and to the ways in which architecture and movies are experienced.

These cinematic effects are deployed back on themselves in a self-reflexive manner, creating a melodramatic situation whose subject becomes the mechanisms of its own presentation. This reflects both artists’ longstanding interest in the operations of special effects and the tension between pictorial illusion and physical space. Rowe’s sculpture often combines references from films with architectural details and Zucker’s work has explored, primarily through painting, imagery related to the archiving, storage, and display of curated material, frequently including visual resources from research projects.

Heather Rowe (b. 1970, New Haven, CT) lives and works in New York and received her MFA in 2001 from Columbia University, School of the Arts. Rowe recently presented new site-specific commissions for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and UMMA/University of Michigan Museum of Art, and has an upcoming solo project with the Public Art Fund. Select group exhibitions include: Art in General; Artists Space; La Calmeleterie; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; The Whitney Biennial; White Columns; and Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria. Her work has been written about in numerous international publications such as Artforum, Art in America, Art Monthly, ArtNews, ArtReview, Flash Art, Frieze, Modern Painters, The Nation, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Time.

Kevin Zucker (b. 1976, New York, NY) is a New York-based artist who received his MFA in 2002 from Columbia University, School of the Arts. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and The Moore Space amongst others. Zucker’s work is in public and private collections worldwide and has been featured in publications including Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews, Art On Paper, Flash Art, I-D, Modern Painters, Parachute, The Art Newspaper, The New Yorker, The New York Times, W and many others.

Forever & Today, Inc. is a year-old non-profit that is a sponsored organization of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently inhabiting a 100 square foot storefront on the cusp between New York’s Lower East Side and Chinatown, Forever & Today is a mere thumbprint on the ever-expanding demographic of contemporary art that offers a unique set of circumstances for artists to create new work and engage the public.

Forever & Today, Inc.
141 Division Street
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info [​at​] foreverandtoday.org
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Heather Rowe and Kevin Zucker:
SD Studio Dynamics 57UMSTRA1 “Strata #1,” Unmounted, 5×7

March 20-April 25, 2010
Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm

Opening Reception
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 6-8pm

Artists’ Talk
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 7pm, Free
Heather Rowe and Kevin Zucker give a public presentation and discuss their collaborative installation. RSVP [​at​] foreverandtoday.org (by April 6)

SD Studio Dynamics 57UMSTRA1 “Strata #1,” Unmounted, 5×7 is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Image above: courtesy of Studio Dynamics