Paul Kasmin Gallery Debuts Two New Exhibitions

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Even though the fashion week whirlwind may have swept us all up with the glamorous events and pretty, stylish people, the rest of the city hasn’t shut down. Paul Kasmin Gallery opened two exhibitions last night with a party full of the biggest names in the New York Art Scene.

The first exhibition, “Ron Arad: In Reverse” is being presented at the Gallery’s 27th Street location. The exhibition examines the ongoing dialogue between handmade and digital processes in his practice. Rather than manipulate materials to generate functionality, Arad reverses their utilitarian purpose and transforms them into one-of-a-kind objects. Comprised of six of Arad’s “Pressed Flower” sculptures made up of compressed Fiat 500s in varying colors mounted on the gallery’s walls, In Reverse also illustrates Arad’s long-standing fascination with crushed metals. The exhibition runs until March 14th.

The second exhibition, “James Capper: Mountaineer” is being held at the Gallery’s 10th Avenue location and runs until March 14th. “Mountaineer” will feature a selection of imposing, welded-steel sculptures from the artists’ series of “Mountaineer Teeth”. Capper’s works follow the legacy of early Earthworks by Michael Heizer, Dennis Oppenheim and Robert Smithson whereby abstract changes to the land are reflective of human engagement with the environment. However, in Capper’s large-scale public installations this idea is accentuated by an emphasis on the role of man-made machinery’s affect on the landscape. The exhibition also includes several illustrative works on paper, which relate to the artist’s realized and theoretical “Earth-Marking” machines.

There to view the new exhibitions were James Capper, Ron Arad, Paul Kasmin, Lail Arad, Yair, Erik Parker, Lilja Baldurs, Nir Hod, Stefanie Raben, Brian Mitchell, Nick Olney, Deborah Kass, Dani Reiss, Lynx Alexander, Shruti Ganguly, Eric Gleason, Lilly Scarpeta, Sebastian Errazuriz and Liliana Cavendish.


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by Ben DiamondPhotographed by Billy Farrall