UNKNOWNS | THIS SHAPE WE'RE IN

John Kirchner | Brandon Morse

January 31 – March 21, 2009

JOHN KIRCHNER_A Sober Looking Red-Eyed Gentleman with Old Corrections_Unknowns

JOHN KIRCHNER
A Sober Looking Red-Eyed Gentleman with Old Corrections
2009, oil on canvas, shirt and correction tape, 40 x 30 inches.

JOHN KIRCHNER_Solace and Sustenance for the World Weary_Unknowns

JOHN KIRCHNER
Solace and Sustenance for the World Weary
2007, framed oil on panel and apples, 28 x 28 inches.

JOHN KIRCHNER_Caro Senorita_Unknowns

JOHN KIRCHNER
Caro Senorita
2008, framed oil on canvas and linen handkerchief, 32 x 27 inches.

JOHN KIRCHNER_The Poet in the Dark Woods ..._Unknowns

JOHN KIRCHNER
The Poet in the Dark Woods ...
2009, oil on canvas and cashmere overcoat, 48 x 31 inches.

JOHN KIRCHNER_Tempis Fugit - and Things Get Lost Along the Way_Unknowns

JOHN KIRCHNER
Tempis Fugit - and Things Get Lost Along the Way
2009, framed oil on panel, hair and brass Civil War buttons, 20 x 13.5 inches

JOHN KIRCHNER_Virginia Gentleman With Pants on His Head_Unknowns

JOHN KIRCHNER
Virginia Gentleman With Pants on His Head
2007, framed oil on canvas and wool pants, 33 x 33 inches.

BRANDON MORSE_Achilles_This Shape We're In

BRANDON MORSE
Achilles (video still)
2008, 2-channel video, run time: 9:26.

BRANDON MORSE_The Brownian Motion of Collective Woe_This Shape We're In

BRANDON MORSE
The Brownian Motion of Collective Woe (video still)
2009, single-channel video, run time: 16:34, ed: 3.

BRANDON MORSE_More Destroyment_This Shape We're In

BRANDON MORSE
More Destroyment (video still)
2009, single-channel video, run time: 14:34, ed: 3.

BRANDON MORSE_Exit Strategy_This Shape We're In

BRANDON MORSE
Exit Strategy (video still)
2008, single-channel video, run time: 17:30, ed: 3.

JOHN KICRHNER: Unknowns
BRANDON MORSE: This Shape We're In

 

January 31 - March 21, 2009

 

Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to present Unknowns, an exhibition of new work by John Kirchner and This Shape We're In, an exhibition of new video by Brandon Morse.

 

In Unknowns John Kirchner converses with unknown 19th century painters. Kirchner augments damaged vintage portraits, landscapes and history paintings with articles of clothing and other common objects. The artist's interventions with the works of his anonymous predecessors are thoughtful, critical and sometimes humorous. Kirchner, whose art furthers principles of the Arte Povera and Surrealist movements, has exhibited work at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, The Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY and the Anchorage Museum of Art, Anchorage, AL.

 

Brandon Morse examines factors of overreach, neglect and collapse with a series of video projections in This Shape We're In. Using digital media, the artist created images of architectonic structures. Morse's complex forms analogize cultural systems which strive to maintain their integrity as destructive external forces intensify. Seeming to toil as protagonists in universal struggles, the artist's vulnerable linear structures have the power to elicit our empathy, though they ultimately lack the strength to preserve their own constitutions. Morse has exhibited work at TorinOver '08, Torino, Italy, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA and the Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC.

 

There will be an opening reception for the artists Saturday, January 31st from 6-8pm.

Artists in attendance.

 

For further information or images, please contact Leigh Conner at 202-588-8750 / info@connercontemporary.com.