Lath Picture Show

Group Show

537 W 22nd Street

June 29 – September 22, 2007

Lath Picture Show
Installation view
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
2007

Lath Picture Show
Installation view
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
2007

Robert Melee
Curtain Behavior
2004-2007
Metal, enamel on plastic
25 x 78 inches

Wade Guyton
X sculpture
2007
Paint, wood
122 x 95 x 3.25 inches

Georg Herold
Suddenly I Find Myself Surrounded by Assholes
2004
Wooden lattes and inscription
89.37 x 80.71 inches

Georg Herold
Jewel 9
1987
Bricks, nails, buttons
43 x 8.5 inches

Charles Ray
Bench
1974
Wood
11.5 x 120 x 1.5 inches

Robert Gober
Plywood
1987
Laminated fir
94 x 47.5 inches

Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg
Fence
2007
Polystyrene, hot glue
96 x 4 x 144 inches

Cheyney Thompson
Untitled
2007
Paper
38 x 62.25 inches

Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg
Bucket of Blood
2004
5 gallon bucket, corn syrup, vodka, food coloring, stick
18 x 12 x 12 inches

Heimo Zobernig
Untitled
1993
Cardboard
63.5 x 66 x 63.25 inches

Lawrence Weiner
A Pursuit of Happiness ASAP
2006
Paint on wood
150.2 x 9.875 x 2 inches

Dana Hoey
Dowel
2007
Archival inkjet print
Framed: 43.5 x 30.5 inches

Richard Artschwager
Sliding Door 11
1967
Formica on wood with metal handles
56.5 x 84 x 7 inches

Martin Creed
Work No. 387: Plywood
2004
Plywood
96 x 96 x 48 inches

Fischli & Weiss
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1993-1994
Painted polyurethane
Box 1: 16 x 18 x 14 inches, Box 2: 41 x 21 x 4 inches

Martin Kippenberger
Who Have We Brought to the Table Today?
1987
Oil on masonite, wood, screws
3.5 x 61.5 x 53 inches

Manfred Pernice
Untitled (Sieg, Infrastructure)
1999-2000
Pedestal, wood
70 x 33 x 21 inches

Richard Artschwager
Dugout 1
1967
Formica on wood
24 x 24 x 7.25 inches

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled 2007 (no fire no ashes) (a copy)
2007
Bricks, wood, casters, sandbags
95.062 x 46 x 11 inches

Björn Dahlem
Heimlich Deuterium
2004
Overall: 49.5 x 117 x 132.5 inches

Jorge Pardo
Shop Plywood
1989
Birch plywood, olive ash burl veneer, oil paint, Danish oil
96 x 17 x 1.625 inches

Robert Melee
Robert Melee's High Life Wall
2004-2007
Enamel on 19 imitation wood panels
Each panel: 48 x 48 inches

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.

For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.

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