MARC STRAUS

Gallery

Stereo Sights and Sounds

June 11 - July 30, 2023

Opening Reception
Sun June 11 2023, 4pm - 7pm

Curated by Josh Gosselin & Ana Stjepanović
Featuring work by Michael Brown, Ben Godward, Adam Green, Eli Keszler, Mekia Machine, Devon Marinac, Gisela McDaniel, Hermann Nitsch, JJ Pinckney, Reneé Stout, Sam Tuvesson, Marie Watt, and Mark Wilson Jr.

“Listening allows us to focus on the invisible dynamics that are hidden behind a visual perception and its linguistic organization. It gives us access to what is there if we look past the object into the complex plurality of its production.”
 – Salomé Voegelin, Sonic Possible Worlds

Sound has a stronghold on our experience of time, space, and place. It signals to us where we are. If we wish to escape our circumstances, sound offers idealized spaces for us to inhabit. The single strike of a drum, an effortless yet puissant motion, can harken a mother’s heartbeat, a sweaty Ridgewood basement, a Southern dwelling of yesteryear, or a computer-generated tone of tomorrow. Our interior world, of all things, uses these vibrations to help us file away our experience of everything external. The tone of someone’s voice recalls their likeness more than the content of their words. The visual artist is no stranger to this process and its effects. They know its power and gleefully flip it on its head. In turn, music and sound become another tool for creators looking to further expose their interiority, devoid of matter, to supplement art forms that are inextricably linked to materiality. This exhibition highlights objects created with the utmost consideration for sound as a material in its own regard. Visual mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and installation are presented to either mirror or complement recorded, imagined, or live sounds. A “stereo” image artwork ensues. 

The sonic counterparts in this exhibition vary from music adored or created by the artists themselves, to soundscapes that hearken peoples, places, and time-spaces that artists use to aid in negotiating their own identities. The exhibition’s sonic material will be presented in three distinct formats. The opening reception will feature a musical performance by David Leon and Grey McMurray. The performance will unfold in response to various objects featured in the exhibition. Additional sounds will be activated in the space when works are engaged with, while the remainder will be included in an exhibition playlist meant to accompany viewers as they experience the works.

From album cover artworks created by musician Adam Green for his latest release, to Mark Wilson Jr’s “sounding” mask, dedicated to the Harlem Hellfighters, an African-American infantry group recognized for spreading American “jazz” to Europe in World War One, each artist’s practice approaches sound from varying vantage points. An investigation of sound making apparatuses is also at play, from Michael Brown’s sculpture made from melted down record vinyl, to Eli Keszler’s large scale abstraction depicting the piano’s audible frequency range.  

Josh Gosselin is a New York based independent curator and musician. As a member of the University of Miami’s 2018 class of “Plus One Scholars,” Gosselin’s interdisciplinary studies of jazz performance, art history, and ethnomusicology continue to inform his current curatorial projects. Recent projects include curations for SALT NYC & Apple Music, Chashama, and Van Der Plas Gallery. 

Ana Stjepanović has produced many multidisciplinary events over the course of her 20+ years of experience in the worlds of fashion, design and art. She is interested in how art can propose new perspectives and question collective memories, and her passion for connecting people through culture comes through in her subscription email newsletter, The Ana List. Stjepanović has a MA in Visual Culture from NYU and is the Gallery Manager at MARC STRAUS.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 11th from 4 to 7 PM at the gallery, with musical performances starting at 5pm. The curators and artists will be present. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM. Summer viewing hours, beginning in early July, will be Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

For images and additional press information please contact kelsey@marcstraus.com or at +1 (212) 510- 7646. 

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Stereo Sights and Sounds  2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Stereo Sights and Sounds Installation View
Stereo Sights and Sounds  2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Stereo Sights and Sounds Installation View
Stereo Sights and Sounds  2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Stereo Sights and Sounds Installation View
Stereo Sights and Sounds  2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Stereo Sights and Sounds Installation View
Stereo Sights and Sounds  2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Stereo Sights and Sounds Installation View
Stereo Sights and Sounds  2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Stereo Sights and Sounds Installation View
Stereo Sights and Sounds  2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Stereo Sights and Sounds Installation View
Works In Exhibition
Stereo Sights and Sounds Coming Up For Air, 2023
Acrylic, flashe, latex, polyurethane, cellophane, skin and latex and other stretchy things on linen
66 x 60 in (167.75 x 152.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Mekia Machine

Coming Up For Air, 2023
Acrylic, flashe, latex, polyurethane, cellophane, skin and latex and other stretchy things on linen
66 x 60 in (167.75 x 152.5 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Sounds Like Tits In Cellophane, 2023
Acrylic, flashe, latex, polyurethane, cellophane, skin and latex and other stretchy things on canvas
66 x 56 in (167.75 x 142.25 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Mekia Machine

Sounds Like Tits In Cellophane, 2023
Acrylic, flashe, latex, polyurethane, cellophane, skin and latex and other stretchy things on canvas
66 x 56 in (167.75 x 142.25 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds The Ship That Carried The Hellfighters, 2023
Cardboard, plaster, hot glue, mothers jewelry, fathers medals, shells, bullets, shark teeth, face mask, Puerto Rican flag, boxing glove, pendants, prosthetic teeth, leather belts, nails, bolts, lighters, fabric, shoe laces, instruments and Navy vest
60 x 27 x 28 in (152.5 x 68.5 x 71 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Mark Wilson Jr

The Ship That Carried The Hellfighters, 2023
Cardboard, plaster, hot glue, mothers jewelry, fathers medals, shells, bullets, shark teeth, face mask, Puerto Rican flag, boxing glove, pendants, prosthetic teeth, leather belts, nails, bolts, lighters, fabric, shoe laces, instruments and Navy vest
60 x 27 x 28 in (152.5 x 68.5 x 71 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Don't Cross My Tennessee Line, 2023
Cardboard, plaster, hot glue, mothers jewelry, pendants, headphones, toy gun, shark teeth, chains, belt buckles, leather, feathers, bolts, nails, football visor, wire, prosthetic teeth, and spoons
20 x 27 x 40 in (50.75 x 68.5 x 101.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Mark Wilson Jr

Don't Cross My Tennessee Line, 2023
Cardboard, plaster, hot glue, mothers jewelry, pendants, headphones, toy gun, shark teeth, chains, belt buckles, leather, feathers, bolts, nails, football visor, wire, prosthetic teeth, and spoons
20 x 27 x 40 in (50.75 x 68.5 x 101.5 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Sketchbook, with Longing (Come Back Gil Scott-Heron), 2021
Acrylic on wood panel
36 x 40 in (91.44 x 101.6 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Renée Stout

Sketchbook, with Longing (Come Back Gil Scott-Heron), 2021
Acrylic on wood panel
36 x 40 in (91.44 x 101.6 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Spirit Detector, 2014
Found radio body, found technological parts, wood, paint, soil, graphite and mixed media
19 x 12.75 x 7 in (48.25 x 32.5 x 17.75 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Renée Stout

Spirit Detector, 2014
Found radio body, found technological parts, wood, paint, soil, graphite and mixed media
19 x 12.75 x 7 in (48.25 x 32.5 x 17.75 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Mm-mm, eheh, Yeah, Yeah (as sung by Elvis, All Shook Up), 2023
Urethane resin
54 x 52 x 10 in (137.25 x 132 x 25.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Ben Godward

Mm-mm, eheh, Yeah, Yeah (as sung by Elvis, All Shook Up), 2023
Urethane resin
54 x 52 x 10 in (137.25 x 132 x 25.5 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Dreams of Blue Blue Water, 2022
Urethane resin
4 x 4 x 40 in (10.25 x 10.25 x 101.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Ben Godward

Dreams of Blue Blue Water, 2022
Urethane resin
4 x 4 x 40 in (10.25 x 10.25 x 101.5 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Whoooa, Whoa ohOhhh (as sung by Steve Miller, Serenade), 2023
Urethane resin
54 x 54 x 10 in. (137.16 x 137.16 x 25.4 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Ben Godward

Whoooa, Whoa ohOhhh (as sung by Steve Miller, Serenade), 2023
Urethane resin
54 x 54 x 10 in. (137.16 x 137.16 x 25.4 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Nëna, 2021
Oil on canvas, found objects, jewelry from subject-collaborator, resin, flower, and sound
50 x 55 in (127 x 139.75 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Gisela McDaniel

Nëna, 2021
Oil on canvas, found objects, jewelry from subject-collaborator, resin, flower, and sound
50 x 55 in (127 x 139.75 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Railsback Curve, 2016
Enamel ink on canvas
60 x 92 in (152.5 x 228.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Eli Keszler

Railsback Curve, 2016
Enamel ink on canvas
60 x 92 in (152.5 x 228.5 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Skywalker/Skyscraper (Rattle), 2023
Reclaimed blankets, tin jingles, steel I-beam, and cedar
75 x 19 x 19 in (190.5 x 48.25 x 48.25 cm)
Photography by Kevin McConnell 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Marie Watt

Skywalker/Skyscraper (Rattle), 2023
Reclaimed blankets, tin jingles, steel I-beam, and cedar
75 x 19 x 19 in (190.5 x 48.25 x 48.25 cm)
Photography by Kevin McConnell

Stereo Sights and Sounds Jeremiah, go tell it on the mountain, 2022
Oil, pastel, charcoal, and acrylic
72 x 56 in (182.75 x 142.25 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
JJ Pinckney

Jeremiah, go tell it on the mountain, 2022
Oil, pastel, charcoal, and acrylic
72 x 56 in (182.75 x 142.25 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds The Supremes (paintbrush), 2009
Plastic (The Supremes records) and paint brush head
10 x 4 x 1 in (25.4 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Michael Brown

The Supremes (paintbrush), 2009
Plastic (The Supremes records) and paint brush head
10 x 4 x 1 in (25.4 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Sounds From the Kitchen, 2023
Ink on napkin
4.5 x 4.5 in (11.5 x 11.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Sam Tuvesson

Sounds From the Kitchen, 2023
Ink on napkin
4.5 x 4.5 in (11.5 x 11.5 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Untitled, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
78.75 x 78.75 in (200 x 200 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Hermann Nitsch

Untitled, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
78.75 x 78.75 in (200 x 200 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Hostile Takeover #2, 2020
Oil on crayon on paper
18 x 24 in (45.75 x 61 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Adam Green

Hostile Takeover #2, 2020
Oil on crayon on paper
18 x 24 in (45.75 x 61 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Comedian Walking Pausanias Dog, 2020
Oil on crayon on paper
18 x 24 in (45.75 x 61 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Adam Green

Comedian Walking Pausanias Dog, 2020
Oil on crayon on paper
18 x 24 in (45.75 x 61 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds PAUSANIAS, 2020
Oil crayon on paper
24 x 18 in (61 x 45.75 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Adam Green

PAUSANIAS, 2020
Oil crayon on paper
24 x 18 in (61 x 45.75 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Slow Polka, 2023
Watercolor, ink pen, and mixed media collage on paper
Diptych, each 20 x 16 in (50.75 x 40.75 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Devon Marinac

Slow Polka, 2023
Watercolor, ink pen, and mixed media collage on paper
Diptych, each 20 x 16 in (50.75 x 40.75 cm)

Stereo Sights and Sounds Aria 51 (Surf, Surge, Shore), 2023
Watercolor, ink pen, and mixed media collage on paper
30 x 40 in (76.25 x 101.5 cm) 2023 Marc Straus Gallery
Devon Marinac

Aria 51 (Surf, Surge, Shore), 2023
Watercolor, ink pen, and mixed media collage on paper
30 x 40 in (76.25 x 101.5 cm)

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