Shade Paintings…The New Moving Pictures!
Paul Kolker is pleased to present Shade Paintings…The New Moving Pictures! from December 10, 2015 through March 11, 2016 at the PAUL KOLKER collection. Kolker’s works and his self-curated exhibitions are founded experiments which test our perception. This show is as much about memory, as in memory fabric, as it is about the performance of moving pictures; paintings programmed to move up and down on roller shades as in Dripcaustic Memoir Noir, 2015, depicted above.
Paul Kolker: Dripcaustic Memoir Noir, 2015, shade painting, 27.5×44 inches
Kolker first studied the normative manners in which we hang contemporary art in 1973, when he, his wife and family moved into their Long Island home and studio and purchased a large scale batik painting which the gallery’s installer hung like a tapestry. Because the canvas had little heft and was draped with wrinkles, Kolker had it stretched on stringers. That, he says, was the beginning of his journey in search of a memory canvas that would return to its unwrinkled and flat state like a woven, muslin backed and weighted tapestry.
As an early adopter, in 1973, Kolker designed a projector screen of coated synthetic fabric which dropped down in front of his stark white abstract painting, ‘screen,’ a pastiche of oil and marble dust on Celotex which still hangs above the fireplace mantle in his library. For nearly 43 years, that 3:4 format screen, and its 2000 successor, the current 9:16 motorized twelve foot screen, have become the inspiration for this exhibition’s experiment.
In Shade Paintings, the fifty-first of Kolker’s Art as Experiment series of self-curated exhibitions, are three light sculptures and fifteen paintings on what Kolker calls memory canvas of woven synthetic fiber hung on a tapestry rod or on remote controlled motorized rollers; the types used in window shade installations or in projector drop down screens. In addition, there is something theatrical about the movement of the shade painting… like a curtain call which serves as an invitation to view the work as performance art.
Paul Kolker (b. 1935) is a New York based artist with doctorate degrees in medicine and law. He is Emeritus Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at North Shore/ LIJ Glen Cove Hospital, having practiced cardiothoracic surgery on Long Island from 1969 to 2013. In October 2001 Kolker moved his Long Island studio to his current address in the Chelsea art district so that he could produce his works and curate his exhibitions as an experiment in perception. His studio and gallery have together become his laboratory in which the viewer is the measuring instrument for Kolker’s art as a perceptual experiment. Shade Paintings…The New Moving Pictures! is Kolker’s fifty-first solo exhibition.
In Paul Kolker: Shade Paintings…The New Moving Pictures!, eighteen paintings, prints and sculptures are on view at the PAUL KOLKER collection from December 10, 2015 through March 11, 2016 at 511 West 25th Street in Chelsea adjacent to the High Line between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. For further information please call 212.367.7300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org