FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8 – July 14, 2006
Opening reception: Thursday, June 8, 6–8 pm
Determined to stretch some of art's boundaries at the same time that, intriguingly, he's restoring others, Jorge Pardo has been at the forefront of a movement that incorporates design, architecture, and beauty into art. Biomorphic glass lamps and intricate plywood furniture; a futuristic bar in L.A.'s Chinatown and a beautiful hillside house in Puerto Rico; paintings and drawings with graphic flair – Pardo has created them all, reinvigorating an idea many thought could no longer hold air: people's personal relationship to aesthetics.
- David Colman
Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the sixth solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Jorge Pardo.
The exhibition will feature new lamps, small tables, and other sculptural objects. This work continues Pardo's interest in appropriating domestic architectural elements that are alluring, practical, and continuously question the viewer's definition and expectation of what one may consider traditional fine art.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1963, Jorge Pardo has exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Basel and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and several site-specific installations including the lobby and bookstore for the Dia Center for the Arts, and his own bar, The Mountain, in Los Angeles' Chinatown.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, June 8, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. and will remain on view through July 14. Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011. For further information, please contact the gallery at 212-680-9467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lane Relyea in conversation with Jorge Pardo, 007 Interview
Christina Végh, What We Need in LIfe, 039 Survey
Chris Kraus, 3166 Sea View Lane, 105 Focus
Veronica Gonzalez, Twin time, or; how death befell me, 117 Artist's Choice
Jorge Pardo, 127 Artist's Writings
Interview: LANE RELYEA is Assistant Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He writes regularly for such magazines as Artforum, Art in America, and Parkett, and he has contributed to numerous publications, including monographs on such artists as Vija Clemins (2004) and Wolfgang Tillmans (2006), and exhibition catalogues suck as 'Helter Skelter' (1992) ad 'Public Offerings' (2001).
Survey: CHRISTINA VÉGH has been Director of the Bonner Kunstverein since 2005, where she has organized exhibitions on such artists as Jonas Dahlberg and Ján Mancuska (2005) and John Baldassari (2007). In 2000 she curated an exhibition on Jorge Pardo at Kunsthalle Basel, and she has written extensively on his work. She contributes to a range of art journals, including Parkett and Kunstbulletin, and her published writing includes texts on Franz Ackerman, Yehudit Sasportas and Corey McCorkle.
Focus: CHRIS KRAUS, a writer based in Los Angeles, is founding editor of Semiotext(e)'s Native Agents imprint. She has written on art, poetics and theory for numerous academic anthologies and art magazines, and she is the author of 'Video Green', a collection of essays about Los Angeles art world.
Artist's Choice: VERONICA GONZALES is a writer based in Los Angeles. In 2004 she co-edited 'Juncture: 25 Very Good Stories and 12 Excellent Drawings', an anthology of art and fiction published by Soft Skull Press. 'Twin time: or; how death befell me' is her first novel. She is married to Jorge Pardo.
Artist's Writings: JORGE PARDO is an artist whose work engages functional forms to challenge the notion of public space and private utility. Included here is 'Proposal for the movie theater The Oliver', an outdoor cinema pavilion in Braunschweig, Germany, as well as a 1999 conversation with long-time friend and collaborator Jan Tumlir.
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Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator
Veronica Gonzalez, Shift & Flow
Ruba Katrib, Jorge Pardo: People, Places, Things
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami