Stubborn Materials

June 29 – August 25, 2007
at Peter Blum Chelsea

Stubborn Materials

The New Yorker
August 27, 2007

Most of the artists in this show were born in American in the seventies, which positions it as an essay on the current Zeitgeist. Refreshingly, the statement it makes about young artists' preoccupations is convincing without being portentous, ironic, or abject. Junky materials predominate - a dead cricket, a cast-urethane rock, aluminum foil, old surf photographs, insulation foam, flocked wallpaper, mirrored glass - as do highly formal configurations, such as Ian Pedigo's fraying rattan beach mat collaged with newsprint and mounted on the wall, or Rosy Keyser's splat of house paint and sawdust on canvas. The show, which was curated by Simone Subal, takes a stance that is witty, restrained, and ambitious.