Jan Tichy

Politics of Light

New York

October 10 – December 14, 2013

Richard Gray Gallery and No Longer Empty are pleased to announce Politics of Light, an exhibition of installation, video and site-specific work by Jan Tichy. The exhibition is located at 196 Stanton Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This will be the artist's first exhibition in New York and his second exhibition with Richard Gray. An opening reception will be held October 10 from 6:00-8:00pm, the public is welcome. Tichy will discuss his work with Nicola Trezzi (U.S. editor of Flash Art) and Mabel Wilson (Professor of Architecture, Columbia University) on November 9th at 5pm.

Politics of Light is a moody paean to light and shadow, to the ebbs and flows of what light reveals and what darkness hides. Tichy’s installations are a fluid integration of diverse media incorporating animation, film, photography, and sculpture, all invested with the presence of mechanical light – be it a projector or a TV monitor – fulfilling light’s role of enabling vision.

Tichy has created a site-specific installation around the physical conditions of the raw, main commercial space at 196 Stanton Street. Installation No. 18 will debut in the exhibition and joins Tichy’s impressive list of major site-specific installations including Installation No. 16 (Ando) in the Ando Gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago (2013) and Installation No. 14 (Austin) at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (2012).

Installation No. 6 (tubes) and 1391 will also be shown in Politics of Light. In 1391, Tichy created an architectural paper model of a secret military base located in Israel close to the Israeli-Palestine border. Not visible on any map and erased from aerial photographs, its existence not officially acknowledged, it is often referred to as Israel’s Guantánamo. Video installations in the exhibition include 100 RawPictures, and Recess, a single vantage exposure of a public school playground over many hours that reveals a rather chilling view of the range of human emotions exhibited by children at play.

For more information please contact:
Richard Gray Gallery: Jen Rohr | jrohr@richardgraygallery.com
No Longer Empty: Manon Slome,| manon@nolongerempty.org

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