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Pope. L at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Pope. L on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash from May 23rd- June 30, 2017. 

"Pope.L began making Proto-Skin Sets and Communication Devices in the 1970s and 1980s while he was a student at Montclair State University in New Jersey and continued working with them throughout his teaching tenure at Bates College in Maine. Using language and writing as a starting point, these works anticipate his ongoing project “Skin Sets,” text-based works that employ language to construct pointed, absurd, and layered messages about the vagaries of color.

The Proto-Skin Sets use found materials like local newspapers, commercial poster boards, and billboard advertisements as a point of departure to examine the possibilities of language. Pope.L interpolates the methods and uses of writing, both visually and literarily. Seeing language as image and image as language, Pope.L uses texture and mark-making to make these definitions concrete. He incorporates organic materials to speak about duration—for example peanut butter, semen, and human hair—in several of the works, something he has done subsequently throughout his practice."

Wordy Advertisement, 1983-2013

Wordy Advertisement, 1983-2013

Mal Content, 1992

Mal Content, 1992

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Yet Another Excuse, 1989-2013

Yet Another Excuse, 1989-2013

Southwind Projects Special Editions Portfolio

It was such an honor to host the opening presentation of the Southwind Projects Special Editions portfolio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  Southwind Projects is pleased to present its first special editions portfolio featuring prints by 17 artists from 10 countries, which supports the launch of the Southwind Projects exhibition and residency program in Valladolid, Mexico. Founded by Juan Luque in 2017, it provides a platform for artists and indigenous communities of the Americas to support and interact with each other, focusing on the preservation of the pre-hispanic healing arts and the plants, rituals and techniques.

It was a pleasure to be the first curator of Southwind Projects. The artists in this collection are engaged in an active studio practice and generous contributors to their art communities. This visually rich portfolio embodies unique global visions of artists working in many different media including digital animation, painting, drawing, photography, textile, sculpture and installation. The subjects of the prints explore identity from a variety of perspectives: relying on archetypal forms and shapes or the fragmentation experienced in our digitalized culture. Compelling images of the body and nature are woven together to create a complex vision of humanity.  

The Southwind Projects Special Editions portfolio features the following artists: 

Haffendi Anuar (Malaysia)Shay Arick(Israel), Anna Freeman Bentley(UK), Juanli Carrion(Spain), Miriam Castillo(Mexico), Jared Flaming(US), Alastair Gordon(UK), Sheree Hovsepian(US), Robin Kang(US), Zebadiah Keneally(US), Minstrel Kuik(Malaysia), Juliana Cerqueira Leite(Brazil), Carlos Martiel(Cuba), Julia Oldham(US), Siebren Versteeg(US), Jason Wee(Singapore), and Bai Ye(China) 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Richard Koh Fine Art for the artists Haffendi Anuar, Minstrel Kuik and Jason Wee. 

The limited edition 50 prints will be available as a complete set of 17 (Ed 1-10) or individually (Ed 11-50). 

More information can be found at southwindprojects.com

Haffendi Anuar

Haffendi Anuar

Robin Kang

Robin Kang

Carlos Martiel

Carlos Martiel

Mariam Castillo

Mariam Castillo

Anna Freeman Bentley

Anna Freeman Bentley