Opening: May 7, 2020
Exhibition dates: May 7 – June 18, 2020
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York proudly presents multimedia artist Matthew Placek’s 4000k. A public installation of 29 video portraits, 4000k considers the limitations of relationships and places them on full display, challenging us to redefine what it means to be present amidst an international health crisis.
The pandemic has rendered New York a quiet, more vulnerable city, creating a poignant backdrop for this exhibition, open on the full moon of May 7th through June 18th. The 29 unique video portraits will play on a 24 hour loop behind the storefront window of the gallery to those who pass by. Filmed under the light of a full moon, the participants (Placek’s own family, friends, and lovers) were asked to disclose detailed secrets expressing one of their most intimate memories on camera. Tears, laughter, boredom, serenity, calm, anxiety, release, reflection, regret, indifference and love—no two deliveries are alike. While filming, Placek disables sound recording leaving no aural record of the subject’s confession. While exploring their shared environment, Placek records the ambient sounds of his solitary adventure. This soundscape accompanies the video portrait in lieu of a verbal confession.
THE BIG FLAT NOW
Opening: May 29, 2020
Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 12, 2020
Baxter St at CCNY in partnership with Flyweight Projects proudly presents THE BIG FLAT NOW featuring works by former 2016 Workspace Resident Marco Scozzaro. This exhibition is currently on view in the window of the Project Space at 128 Baxter St.
Marco Scozzaro’s THE BIG FLAT NOW explores the distinctions between various media and our expectations thereof. He collects the familiar and generic imagery of our contemporary visual landscape: soft-lined millennial aesthetics, sentimental kitsch, conventional stock images and commercial signage. By digitally layering and collaging these simpler images, he creates original, more complex photographs. He renders some areas abstract, reducing them to pure texture and colorful patterns, while leaving others partially recognizable. The new image is then — incredibly, surprisingly — made into carpeting, a flag, a video, or a sculpture. Scozzaro emphasizes that each medium controls both the meaning and the shared experience of the content. He transforms the visual noise of familiar tropes and illustrates that, without reconfiguring, little meaning can be gleaned from this cultural landscape; and ultimately the modes with which we are framing our lives during this fraught moment in human history are suspect and should be reconsidered.
Opening Reception: March 4, 2020 | 6–8 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 4 – April 18, 2020
Coffee Talk: Postponed until further notice
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is pleased to present Grey Matter by artist Betsy Kenyon and curated by Melanie Willhide, opening March 4, 2020.
How does one quantify or describe the experience of nonrepresentational, nonfigurative photography consisting only of gradient forms and geometric patterns — the kind of abstraction afforded traditionally to painters and sculptors? Grey Matter, Betsy Kenyon’s ongoing exploration of both traditional and invented darkroom techniques engenders the experience of form itself. The work plays with dimension, depth, and perspective, and suggests values of minimalism and psychedelia, free of literal subject matter, narrative, humanism, or statement. Kenyon deftly challenges the boundaries of photography, offers a new vision for the medium, and gifts us a greyscale language that is simple as it is profound.