Curator’s Office announces its participation in the 7th edition of The Salon Zürcher Art Fair, taking place at Zürcher Studio at 33 Bleecker Street in the Lower East Side area of Manhattan. Curator’s Office will present a focused exhibition of emerging artists Jonathan Monaghan and Dan Perkins, whose progressive works embrace the ethos and aesthetics of the New Romantics. This movement is characterized by contemporary artists using current and traditional media to comment on and wryly twist the late 19th Century ideals of Romanticism, using painting, CGI animation, and prints. Whether it’s the industrial revolution or the information age revolution, both artists claim a conceptual territory that simultaneously exploits and critiques the visionary aspirations of the paradigm-shifting ideal of Romanticism.
Jonathan Monaghan researches Baroque and Gothic architecture, medieval paintings, heraldry, institutions of secret power, idealized landscapes and aspirational upscale living to create his hypnotic and mesmerizing CGI animations and their resultant black and white “structural” prints. Notions of sacrifice, corporeality of the body or edifice, presence and authority are all maintained. However, within this mediation, certain things do change, such as bringing allegorical creatures to life and letting them become symbolic landscapes or architectural supports for surreal narratives. The City of London features prominently in his Mothership film, and emblems found throughout the city become sly touchstones of critique and subversive interpretation.
Dan Perkins uses a variety of source material: hand-built models, photographs, collages, drawings, and invented or imagined spaces resulting in paintings that become odd assemblages of various painting histories. These alternately conflate and congeal around one another and riff off of romantic painting traditions of the nineteenth century. He interrupts and eschews their spatial logic and formal conventions, offering the viewer the playful experience of both relishing in the promise of the sublime or utopian futures that are implied by these structures, while also humorously acknowledging the futility and absurdity of such gestures.
Between its two galleries, Studio Zürcher Paris/NY has hosted 6 mini art fairs, which have been major successes and garnered very positive media attention. Described by Hyperallergic Magazine as “an alternative and more intimate way to view emerging artists and galleries”, and by The New York Times as a “respite from [big art fair] chaos,” Salon Zürcher seeks to represent an emerging art world both inside and outside of New York City by providing an exciting and personable viewing experience.
Accessible yet impressive, small but diverse, this year the Salon Zürcher Art Fair showcases seven galleries from across the United States and Canada. Salon Zürcher will be held at Zürcher Studio, located at 33 Bleecker Street, within walking distance from the Lower East Side lower art scene and the New Museum.