Lath Picture Show

Group Show

June 29 - September 22, 2007

537 W 22nd Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Curated by Andrea Teschke
Opening reception: Friday, June 29, 6-8 pm

And if you think of Brick, for instance,
and you say to Brick,
"What do you want Brick?"
-Louis Kahn

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to present "The Lath Picture Show," a group exhibition featuring works by Richard Artschwager, Martin Creed, Björn Dahlem, Fischli & Weiss, Robert Gober, Wade Guyton, Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg, Georg Herold, Dana Hoey, Martin Kippenberger, Robert Melee, Jorge Pardo, Manfred Pernice, Jon Pylypchuk, Charles Ray, Cheyney Thompson, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lawrence Weiner, and Heimo Zobernig.

If the lath is the fundamental building block of construction, then it can be argued that prior to its employ, the lath holds no purpose, memory, history or meaning. It is a dull, stupid material unburdened of any significance or association, save for what it can be. Its potentiality, or the ability to convey a structure or an idea, makes it the exact opposite of the zero point- a point of possibility rather than an end.

The artists in this exhibition share an interest in "low" materials like the lath. Although their usage of these materials comes from varying conceptual and aesthetic premises, each is actively engaged in a discourse of employing a material devoid of expectation (or a facsimile of this material), often peppering this engagement with a sense of the absurd. In many ways the artists gathered together in this exhibition share in the exploration of a similar paradox of operating with everyday, fundamental materials: the urge to produce something and nothing, or perhaps more accurately, something from nothing. "The Lath Picture Show" aims to bring together a group of artists who invest their ideas in low materials in an effort at greater meaning, even arguably transcendence. Like Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, these are artists who ask the viewer to see the wardrobe not for the wardrobe itself but for its possibilities, for the world that may lie within it.

Because, after all, in the end the brick wants to be an arch.


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    Lath Picture Show
    Installation view
    Friedrich Petzel Gallery
    2007
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    Lath Picture Show
    Installation view
    Friedrich Petzel Gallery
    2007
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    Robert Melee
    Curtain Behavior
    2004-2007
    Metal, enamel on plastic
    25 x 78 inches
  • 4 / 24
    Wade Guyton
    X sculpture
    2007
    Paint, wood
    122 x 95 x 3.25 inches
  • 5 / 24
    Georg Herold
    Suddenly I Find Myself Surrounded by Assholes
    2004
    Wooden lattes and inscription
    89.37 x 80.71 inches
  • 6 / 24
    Georg Herold
    Jewel 9
    1987
    Bricks, nails, buttons
    43 x 8.5 inches
  • 7 / 24
    Charles Ray
    Bench
    1974
    Wood
    11.5 x 120 x 1.5 inches
  • 8 / 24
    Robert Gober
    Plywood
    1987
    Laminated fir
    94 x 47.5 inches
  • 9 / 24
    Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg
    Fence
    2007
    Polystyrene, hot glue
    96 x 4 x 144 inches
  • 10 / 24
    Cheyney Thompson
    Untitled
    2007
    Paper
    38 x 62.25 inches
  • 11 / 24
    Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg
    Bucket of Blood
    2004
    5 gallon bucket, corn syrup, vodka, food coloring, stick
    18 x 12 x 12 inches
  • 12 / 24
    Heimo Zobernig
    Untitled
    1993
    Cardboard
    63.5 x 66 x 63.25 inches
  • 13 / 24
    Lawrence Weiner
    A Pursuit of Happiness ASAP
    2006
    Paint on wood
    150.2 x 9.875 x 2 inches
  • 14 / 24
    Dana Hoey
    Dowel
    2007
    Archival inkjet print
    Framed: 43.5 x 30.5 inches
  • 15 / 24
    Richard Artschwager
    Sliding Door 11
    1967
    Formica on wood with metal handles
    56.5 x 84 x 7 inches
  • 16 / 24
    Martin Creed
    Work No. 387: Plywood
    2004
    Plywood
    96 x 96 x 48 inches
  • 17 / 24
    Fischli & Weiss
    __
    1993-1994
    Painted polyurethane
    Box 1: 16 x 18 x 14 inches, Box 2: 41 x 21 x 4 inches
  • 18 / 24
    Martin Kippenberger
    Who Have We Brought to the Table Today?
    1987
    Oil on masonite, wood, screws
    3.5 x 61.5 x 53 inches
  • 19 / 24
    Manfred Pernice
    Untitled (Sieg, Infrastructure)
    1999-2000
    Pedestal, wood
    70 x 33 x 21 inches
  • 20 / 24
    Richard Artschwager
    Dugout 1
    1967
    Formica on wood
    24 x 24 x 7.25 inches
  • 21 / 24
    Rirkrit Tiravanija
    Untitled 2007 (no fire no ashes) (a copy)
    2007
    Bricks, wood, casters, sandbags
    95.062 x 46 x 11 inches
  • 22 / 24
    Björn Dahlem
    Heimlich Deuterium
    2004
    Overall: 49.5 x 117 x 132.5 inches
  • 23 / 24
    Jorge Pardo
    Shop Plywood
    1989
    Birch plywood, olive ash burl veneer, oil paint, Danish oil
    96 x 17 x 1.625 inches
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    Robert Melee
    Robert Melee's High Life Wall
    2004-2007
    Enamel on 19 imitation wood panels
    Each panel: 48 x 48 inches

Wade Guyton

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Georg Herold

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Dana Hoey

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Jorge Pardo

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Heimo Zobernig

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