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Press Release

69th Regiment Armory / Lexington @ 26th Street
February 22 – 25, 2007 
Booth 311 

Conner Contemporary Art is delighted to participate in the 2nd edition of Pulse New York where we will feature new large-scale figurative paintings by Erik Sandberg and new digital light sculpture by Leo Villareal. We will also debut architectural drawings of movie homes by Mark Bennett and present the American premier of painted view, a video by Swedish artist Maria Friberg. Recent work by John Kirchner and Matthew Sutton (courtesy *gogo art projects) will also be exhibited. 

> ERIK SANDBERG’s latest female nudes are the largest-scale paintings he has created to date. The pictures allegorize timeless vices of Lust and Sloth, yet their contemporary tone imbues them with an intimate immediacy. Fully engaging the seductive power of his oil glaze medium, Sandberg conveys the warmth and tenderness of his model’s flesh to instill his art with a revealing new accessibility. The artist’s recent gallery exhibition was heralded by (November 2007) as “tremendous achievements in figuration – masterfully painted and richly sculptural, they establish the artist as a worthy heir to John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage.” 

> In Origin (2) LEO VILLAREAL integrates Newton’s Laws into computer code to augment his earlier rule-based programs inspired by Conway’s Game of Life. Organic patterns elicit familiarity, yet Origin (2) never repeats the same sequence. Origin, Villareal’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, is reviewed in ArtForum magazine (February 2007). 

> In his latest architectural drawings of movie homes, MARK BENNETT creates detailed schematics of environments that stimulate his audience to relive memories of film classics, including Gone with the Wind, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Rosemary’s Baby. At Pulse New York, we will debut the drawings of Home of Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard) and Home of Stanley Kowlaski (Streetcar Named Desire). 

> MARIA FRIBERG playfully challenges the male gaze in painted view, a two-channel video filmed at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach, FL. On one channel, the artist captures men’s voyeuristic glances with a spy camera concealed in her sister’s cleavage while on the second channel we see the artist’s sister applying make-up. Friberg’s work is currently on view at Skövde Konsthall, Sweden and will be seen in Global Feminisms opening at the Brooklyn Museum of Art