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MARTIN WITTFOOTH: The Passions
October 13 – November 12, 2011
Artist’s Reception Thursday, October 13th 6-8PM
The Passions, Martin Wittfooth’s first solo show in New York, is a contemporary exploration of sainthood, martyrdom, and religiosity that still dominates the ideological landscape of the modern world, and displays the prerequisite acts most often performed to attain such states of veneration such as violence, self-sacrifice, and suffering. In Western philosophy, “The Passions” refer to strong biologically driven emotional states that seduce one away from reason. Yet the term’s origin is to be found in the Latin word, “passio”, which means, simply, “suffering”. Consequently, the term is connected to the most famous act of martyrdom: the crucifixion of Christ.
COLLECTIVE BRIGHTNESS READING
Thursday, October 13 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Join editor Kevin Simmonds & 10 contributors for the NY launch of this groundbreaking anthology!
Reception:Thursday October 13th, 6-9pm
Exhibition October 13th – November 18th, 2011
Doug Jeck: “Early Works”
Thursday, October 13th – Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 2011 6 – 8pm
Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert are pleased to present “Early Works”, the first solo exhibition of Doug Jeck at Gasser Grunert gallery. Doug Jeck is a Seattle, Washington based artist whose sculptures are influenced by static physicality and historicity, with the human object at the center. His life-like sculptures are an amalgamation of clay, hair, concrete, fur and wood that explore Jeck’s perception of various early historical periods and figures.