In this new body of work, Aurel Schmidt munches her way through modernist masterpieces, transforming them with graphite and colored pencil into seething masses of interwoven debris. Gravitating toward the most iconic and most macho, she turns the gallery into a sort of Museum of Modern Art gone wrong. Picasso’s "Weeping Women" are her first meal: Composition and color are retained while one lady’s hat becomes a nest of seagulls and pigeons and her eyes are transformed into circles of feeding flies; the eyebrows are drawn as crawling centipedes, and her tears form pink cockroaches.
Two de Kooning women are fed into the shredder next. The famous double grin of Woman and Bicycle, 1952, is formed by double dildos,while the figure’s imposing bosom is lined with dead rats and car deodorizers. In another work, Jackson Pollock’s Number 8, 1949, is reconstituted with Froot Loops, dead sparrows, condoms, and creepy-crawly insects, flung about as exuberantly as the original spooges of paint. The centerpiece of the exhibition features an expansive Morris Louis painting reimagined as colorful, illusionistic vomit instead of poured paint.
Schmidt makes drawings for the urban naturalist. As avidly as Audubon chased a chickadee, she scavenges street shit and squirrels it home to her studio to draw. Her selections are not about beauty or ugliness per se, but treat both the natural beasts and the human detritus with the same interested eye.
—from the press release
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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