Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring six artists working in both 2 and 3 dimensions. The exhibition aims to present a coherent conversation between the relationship of print and object – both in the material processes and the conceptual underpinnings. Articulating the idea of a unified visual narrative within each artist's oeuvre, the gallery will be filled with a selection of prints and editioned sculpture by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Jonathan Borofsky, Ann Hamilton, Ellsworth Kelly and Susan Rothenberg.
The inspiration for the exhibition was to spotlight new and recent publications produced at the Los Angeles-based artists' workshop, Gemini G.E.L., including: ▪ Two mysterious new etchings by Richard Artschwager entitled The Discovery Of Up And Down and The Discovery of Right and Left (2008); ▪ An amusing and surreal cast-aluminum ceiling sculpture by John Baldessari, God Nose (2007), humorously playing off the homophonous words "nose" and "knows" with a nose peeking through cartoon-like white clouds and blue sky; ▪ Two large screenprints from Johnathan Borofsky's Human Structures And The Light Of Consciousness series (2008), continuing in the artist's exploration of the interconnectivity of humanity and, through their size, evoking his large-scale installations; ▪ A striking coat by Ann Hamilton, shell (2007), made from industrial-grade white felt which imparts many meanings, most obvious among them a visual tribute to Joseph Beuys' Felt Suit from 1970; ▪ Ellsworth Kelly's new monumental 11-foot spectrum, Blue Gray Green Red (2008), a testament to the artist's keen sense of working with color and scale; ▪ And, finally, six new etchings by Susan Rothenberg from the Puppet Series (2008), rendering heads and arms, legs and torsos against dark, atmospheric grounds.
Given the diversity of these six artists, the exhibition finds its cohesion in the remarkable brilliance with which each approaches the challenge of working in a variety of two and three dimensional media.
GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL was established in 1984 as the New York gallery exhibiting and representing the publications of the Los Angeles-based artists' workshop, Gemini G.E.L. The gallery shows new editions as they are published, and has mounted many historical survey exhibitions, including The Private Eye of Philip Guston: The Gemini Editions; Ellsworth Kelly: Diagonals and Panels 1970-1990; Claes Oldenburg: Editions in Two and Three Dimensions 1969-1995; Ken Price: Prints and Ceramics 1970-2005; Robert Rauschenberg: Booster and 7 Studies; Frank Stella: Prints from the 1960's & 70's; and Artists at Gemini G.E.L.: In Celebration of Gemini's 25th Anniversary. The gallery frequently schedules special events in conjunction with its exhibitions, such as "Q & A"'s with the artist and Gemini printers, and private docented tours through related museum retrospectives.
Gemini G.E.L. began in 1966 as an artists' workshop and publisher of hand-printed limited edition lithographs. Responding to the expanding interests of its artists, work began on its first sculpture edition in 1968 with Claes Oldenburg's Profile Airflow, and in 1970, Frank Stella's Pastel Stack was started as the first project in the screenprinting workshop. The etching workshop opened in 1977 and woodcuts were being made by 1980.
At Gemini, the artists do all of the drawing or carving themselves directly onto the printing element, be it limestone, copper plate, woodblock or otherwise. The artist stays at the workshop until a "RTP" (Right to Print) is achieved. Edition printing may take several months and each proof in the edition must closely match the approved RTP. Once the printing is completed, the artist returns to the workshop to examine and sign the edition. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist as well as embossed with the Gemini "chop".
In 1981, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. honored Gemini with the establishment of a permanent archive. The archive functions as a study center for collectors and scholars, and contains a complete history of the workshop. Included in the archive is one proof from each of the over 2100 editions produced, as well as ancillary materials such as shop records and printing elements. Three major touring exhibitions with works from the archive have been organized and exhibited by the National Gallery. An online catalogue raisonné, on view at the National Gallery's website (www.nga.gov/gemini), provides detailed information on the history of the workshop and all of the artworks in the Gemini archive.
Christina Moisant Weyl or Chris Santa Maria ▪▪ 212-249-3324 firstname.lastname@example.org