Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NEW YORK: Wardell Milan

Wardell Milan, Sunday. Sitting on the bank of Butterfly Meadow, 2013, digital c-print, 40 x 60 inches. Image via louisbjames.com. 
Show (Untitled) Parisian Landscapes
Curated by Isolde Brielmaier

March 6 – April 11, 2014
Special Reception: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:00-8:00PM

Exhibit is open to the public Tuesday - Friday 11:00AM - 5:00PM and by appointment

OSMOS Address
50 East 1st Street
New York, NY

Show (Untitled) Parisian Landscapes, presents a series of four separate but related bodies or "chapters" of work by artist Wardell Milan. Using OSMOS Address as a space to "workshop" ideas still in development, Milan's project consists of large-scale sculptures, photographs, and drawings. The exhibition is curated by Isolde Brielmaier.

Parisian Landscapes is the first chapter in a series entitled The Kingdom or Exile dealing with topics such as the unconscious, voyeurism, love, the supremacy of nature, and melancholy. Milan has structured his visual narrative engagement around themes related to absurdism, the writings of Albert Camus, Eugene Ionesco, and Baudelaire as well as body modification, sexual aberrations, and social manias.

"The goal for this show is to exhibit both resolved and unresolved work. We want to abandon the idea that an exhibition should show fully realized ideas and images, so that Show (Untitled) Parisian Landscapes, will really function more as an exploratory exercise," explains Brielmaier. Within this exhibition at OSMOS, the essaying of themes and images of Parisian Landscapes will happen not in the safe space of a studio, publicly to allow the audience to witness the creative developmental process, also perhaps encouraging them to interact with the work in a direct and tangible way.

"Giving the viewer access and control over how a specified part of the show could be staged, interpreted and viewed is critical," says Milan. "For me the practice of cultivating ideas and projects happens primarily in solitude in a studio space, with the exchanging of ideas and conversations about the work happening during studio visits and in interactions with people."


OSMOS is a fully integrated international program of curatorial and editorial activities, with OSMOS Books, OSMOS Magazine, OSMOS Preserves and OSMOS Address, a project space for art gatherings, publications, and exhibitions in the same East Village Manhattan storefront that was once a saloon frequented by Emma Goldman and other radicals.

For more information, please contact: 
Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, osmos.address@gmail.com 

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