Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Alois Kronschläger @ Plus Ultra
(now in Chelsea)

In response to being asked how I slept the night before last, I stole the great line, "Well, I slept like a baby...I woke up every two hours screaming." There are so many details as we get ready to open and so little time...alas...

Because this may be my last opportunity to post before we open, let me share the press release for our first exhibition and invite each and everyone of you to join us tomorrow if you can.

Alois Kronschläger
Repercussions: A Series of Surprisingly Divisive Events
March 2-25, 2006
Opening Reception: March 2, 6-8 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Plus Ultra Gallery is extremely pleased to inaugurate our new location with Repercussions: A Series of Surprisingly Divisive Events, the first New York solo exhibition by Austrian-born artist Alois Kronschläger. With a site-specific installation and a striking new series of wall sculptures, Kronschläger continues his ongoing exploration in representing time and space via geometry. In contrast to the multitude of artists, architects and designers engaged in digital investigations of this topic, Kronschläger has developed a hand-made process for recording a complex series of events and actions within curvilinear space. The resulting sculptures constitute frozen points in time within these complex narratives, presented as a composition for the viewer's consideration.

To prepare his sculptures, which playfully reference the early pinstripe paintings of Frank Stella, Kronschläger lines sheets of archival paper with a latex caulk. These evenly spaced lines then serve as measures for recording the pending actions--crunching, pinching, folding, crinkling, etc.--that impact the pictorial plane. Kronschläger then sets the chosen compositions with a polystyrene base. Unlike earlier explorations with shaped or slashed canvases, however, these pieces maintain the integrity of their original plane's vertical and horizontal limits, even as the caulk lines emphasize both the beat of the actions and the topographical aspects of the now three-dimensional space they occupy.

The shift in scale in his site-specific installations takes Kronschläger's approach one step further in that he blurs the line between objects and construction, between space and applied artifact. By using the gallery's planes to emphasize the resulting negative space around his intricate surfaces, his large installations underline the progression into multi-dimensionality within his process.

For additional information, please contact Joshua Stern or Edward Winkleman at 212-643-3152 or info@plusultragallery.com


Plus Ultra Gallery
637 West 27th Street, Suite A
New York, NY 10001
Ground Floor
Between 11th and 12th Avenues
t: 212-643-3152
f: 212-643-2040
info@plusultragallery.com
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm

12 Comments:

Blogger benvolta said...

I really enjoyed discovering Kronschlager's work in a group show at Plus Ultra right before you shut down in Williamsburg.

Something about the confused weight and the raw but clean physicality of his objects....The small (I think brown) work had a haunting presence that has stuck with me...

can't wait to stop by and see the show + the new space.

3/01/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Hungry Hyaena said...

Alright! I'm looking forward to celebrating. Go, Alois!

I'll see you there, Edward. Good luck with the rest of the preparation.

3/01/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous bambino said...

Congrats babe....
So proud of you....
Good luck....

3/01/2006 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Platform Gallery said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

--your pals at Platform

3/01/2006 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Congratulations! I look forward to seeing the new gallery when I'm in NYC at the end of the month.

3/01/2006 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous mark dutcher said...

congratulations! you are one of the good guys. look forward to seeing the space (and the art) when i get to new york.

3/01/2006 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Gusky said...

Congratulations, sir!
I'll check it probably at the mid or end of March. Rock on with your bad old self!

3/01/2006 07:08:00 PM  
Blogger Betta Under the Radar said...

Heartiest congratulations from across the pacific.

Hope everything goes well and that you have a wonderful party.

3/01/2006 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Mountain Man said...

Congrats, Ed!! Can't wait to see the show and your new space.

3/02/2006 02:55:00 AM  
Blogger rb said...

i really like how Kronschläger uses shadows and shifting perception, there is organic movement in his geometry

congratulations on your new space

clink-clink!

3/02/2006 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger Dennis Christie said...

I hope last night was a blast & am sorry I missed it due to my getting sick!

3/03/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger liberal japonicus said...

DaveC commented about your opening at HoCB. Congrats and best wishes.

3/03/2006 11:33:00 AM  

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