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Rachel Harrison, Hirsch Perlman, Dieter Roth, Jack Smith, Rebecca Warren

July 9 - August 15, 2003
523 W 24 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work of Rachel Harrison, Hirsch Perlman, Dieter Roth, Jack Smith, and Rebecca Warren, the next exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street.

Curated by Jeffrey Peabody, this exhibition consists of works by artists who utilize materials immediately at hand: found objects and the readily available, low-tech stuff of everyday life.

Rachel Harrison will contribute two new installation pieces, one of which she is making specifically for this exhibition, using plywood, fishing poles, and found photographs, and a variety of other objects and materials. Harrison is known for working at the often-times unsettling intersection of sculpture and photography. Her work was included in the Whitney Biennial last year and is currently on view at the Venice Biennale.

The exhibition will also include eight new black and white photographs by Los Angeles artist Hirsch Perlman. His last series of photographs, included in the Whitney Biennial in 2002, depicted figures he made from the packing materials left in his home. To create the new pictures, Perlman went up to his rooftop, exposing the film for up to twelve minutes at a time, which allowed him to literally draw with light and add images of rockets and a sort of spaceman / robot figure to the scene.

Dieter Roth's sculptures are currently the subject of a major retrospective, the first since the artist's death in 1998, in Basel, traveling to the Museum of Modern Art in New York later this year. The exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery includes four works by Roth: two early works in chocolate, dating from 1969, and two found object collages on board from the early 1990s.

Two costumes, six brassieres, and a suite of drawings by the legendary photographer, performance artist, and filmmaker Jack Smith will also be included in the exhibition. Known for his outlandish costume designs—at once brightly-colored, exotic, glamorous, odd-ball, extreme—Smith, who died of AIDS in 1989, first became famous for his groundbreaking film Flaming Creatures, made in 1961. The late artist's work has influenced many other artists of his and subsequent generations, including photographer Nan Goldin, who has said, "seeing Flaming Creatures at the age of fifteen was an earthquake that shook up my life forever after."

Rebecca Warren will contribute three new sculptures to the exhibition. Her recent work, all unfired clay, painted and set on colored plywood plinths, continues to demonstrate a keen interest in reclaiming and reconstituting works by members of the male artist-hero pantheon, including such artists as R Crumb, Boccioni, and Helmut Newton. At once humorous and sexy, her rough-hewn sculptures play with art historical influence while creating a space, both aesthetic and critical, of their own.

Peabody has been a director at Matthew Marks Gallery since 1992.

Rachel Harrison, Hirsch Perlman, Dieter Roth, Jack Smith, Rebecca Warren will be on view at Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), through August 15th, 2003. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For further information or photographs, please contact Victoria Cuthbert at 212-243-0200.

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