Jean-Marc Bustamante


December 4, 2002 - February 15, 2003
522 W 22 Street
Opening Tuesday, December 3, 2002


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Jean-Marc Bustamante, the next exhibition at his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

This is Bustamante's third exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery, and it will include new large-scale photographs and sculptures, all made in the past two years and being exhibited in the United States for the first time.

The photographs, shot in Switzerland and Japan, demonstrate Bustamante's continued interest in urban and suburban marginal spaces. "Suburban landscapes have the quality of an 'edge,' or a 'border,' and I was interested in exploring the state of 'hanging in mid-air' or 'being between two things,' which is also found within the spiritual make-up of humans. Houses still under construction, or parts of nature that humans had begun to shape but left undoneā€”I was drawn by that state of being unfinished."

Among the sculptures included are several new works in Bustamante's ongoing Panorama series. To produce these works, the artist first executes small, abstract ink drawings which he enlarges and transfers via silkscreen onto sheets of plexiglas. The sheets are then suspended two inches from the wall via metal brackets, allowing the viewer to see both the array of lines screened onto the surface and the shadows those lines cast on the wall behind.

This summer, Jean-Marc Bustamante will represent France at the 2003 Venice Biennale. His work was included in Documenta 8, 9, and 10. He has had numerous museum shows; the most recent include the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany, in 2001, and the Yamaguchi Museum of Art, Japan, in 2002. In 1999, a retrospective of 20 years of his photographs was held at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris.

Jean-Marc Bustamante will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), through February 16th, 2003. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

For further information or photographs please contact Adrian Rosenfeld at 212-243-0200.

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