On the LES

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Image: Courtesy of Eli Ping Frances Perkins

MARIAH DEKKENGA, ELI PING

FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 15, OPENING FEBRUARY 15, 6-9 PM

Mariah Dekkenga’s fascination with the mundane is left unchallenged by her new series of paintings now on view at Eli Ping. Transferring her boldly colored renderings from the digital realm into painting Dekkenga imagines herself as a “printer”—a medium transferring information from one language to another. While the poetics of her artistic identity are poignant her work itself celebrates an unbecoming nihilism.

 

Image: Courtesy of the artist

PHILLIP BIRCH: THE CROWN OF MODERNITY: AN INTERVENTION IN THE NAPOLEONIC AGE, 47 CANAL

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 8PM

 Staging a performance mimicking the delivery of frontier research, Birch captivates audiences with a humorous rewriting of history. Using a digital slideshow and two projectors, Birch proposes a historic “intervention” in which he employs the rhetoric of pseudo-scientific and sociological practice to support the absurd claim that Great Emperor Napoleon had achieved his height of success due to extra-terrestrial forces.

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Image: Courtesy of ROOM EAST

SEBASTIAN LLOYD REES, VENDOR, ROOM EAST

22 FEBRUARY – 29 MARCH

Globalization, urban transformation, and sustainability are themes addressed by Sebastian Lloyd Rees’ larger body of work. For his first show in New York, “Vendor”, Rees has constructed assemblages from objects encountered in his wanderings and travels. With a taste for the anthropological, Rees makes a point of noting the origins of his materials, acknowledging the greater context of their production and circulation. Consumer goods and urban waste from India, China, and New York prompt viewers to engage with intersectionality and divergence across geographic, cultural, and economic boundaries.

– Nico Alonso, Digital Assistant

Comments: “I disagree with Nico about Dekkenga’s work. I Like it.” -Sheri

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