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Monday, June 22, 2009

WHERE OR WHEN


Marc Gaba
Where Or When
June 23 - July 11, 2009
20Square Gallery

My practice is a continual exploration of how the relation between the virtual and the actual might be configured and rendered.

Situating the relation, with these works, within the problematic of nostalgia and beginning basically from a wish to face its mute and sleepless lullabye, I cut away planes of color, the Rothko-like moments, from prints of Edward Hopper’s paintings—to draw the lines and unearth, so to speak, the documentaristic intimacies from which the images started.

Nostalgia humors any surgery on it, or so I think as my gestures turned into an exercise in paradox: not so much that “plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose” but that when I traced the lines and made them graphic, the lines drew new shadows in return. How ask in that dynamic about the extent and scale of what is past?

I finally take these collages as a collaging of painting onto actual space, in the drift of actual light—mixtures of time that form an interface at which the present moment and whatever there is to be nostalgic about happen in the same zone.

—Marc Gaba, May 27, 2009


Image: Marc Gaba, Caroline And Change, 2009

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