© Daniela Rossell, Jessica Craig-Martin, Lucinda Devlin
Left to Right: Daniela Rossell, "Untitled" from Ricas y Famosas, 2001, C-print, Courtesy of Greene Naftali, New York / Jessica Craig-Martin, Rita Hayworth Alzheimer's Benefit, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NY, 1999, 1999, C-print, Courtesy of Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York / Lucinda Devlin, "Paradise Stream, Sauna, Mt. Pocon, PA", from Pleasure Ground, 1979, Courtesy of Paul Rodgers/9W, New York.


Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present EXCESS featuring Jessica Craig-Martin, Lucinda Devlin and Daniela Rossell. EXCESS, curated by Palm Beach ICA assistant curators Sybillé Canthal and Jody Servon, will be on view in Palm Beach ICA's mezzanine galleries. Concurrently showing at Palm Beach ICA is a solo exhibition of works by José Antonio Hernández-Diez, organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. In addition, the New Media Lounge will be showing more than 20 works in a film and video project titled "You Think I'm Superficial".

EXCESS is a visual exploration of photographic works by internationally recognized artists, Jessica Craig-Martin, Lucinda Devlin and Daniela Rossell. The exhibition unites three artists all documenting specific standards of living that reveal details surrounding the pursuit of pleasure and at times, overindulgence. Individually each artist investigates intimate aspects of society's notion of recreation, luxury and status. Together their works push the boundaries of design and décor and depict social aspirations associated with romanticized images and lifestyles.

Jessica Craig-Martin's work reveals details of society's celebrity culture while capturing fleeting moments and minutiae with precision. With her close-up and cropped photographs, she arrests time and focuses on her subject's interactions and accessories. Craig-Martin will be represented by fifteen photographs including: New Museum Benefit Gala, New York, (2000); Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards, New York, (2000); Diffa Benefit. Cipriani, New York, (2001); Evening Honoring Bill Blass, The Wellford-Astoria, New York, (1999); Amfar Benefit, Cannes (1997); and Guggenheim Opening, Bilbao (1997).

Lucinda Devlin's subjects are environments constructed for recreational purposes: fantasy motels, sex spas, tanning beds and suburban getaways. Her photographs illuminate the interior spaces without sensationalizing them, rather presenting them as clinical representations void of human presence. Devlin's elegant architectural photographs of America's leisure industry are aesthetically stunning yet incredibly uninviting. Included in EXCESS are thirteen images from Devlin's ongoing series Pleasure Ground that began in the late 1970s. Works on view include: Pocono Palace, Marshall's Creek, PA (1980); Sun Lovers Tanning Salon, Los Angeles, CA (1982); Boulevard Books, Rubber Goods Display, Dewitt, NY (1985); and Paradise Stream, Archery Room, Mt. Pocono, PA (1979).

Daniela Rossell infiltrates homes of Mexico's super rich and exposes cultural celebrities in their fabricated fantasy worlds. Her work is an astute study of ethnography and the non-essential accoutrements her sitters choose to surround themselves with. Featured are thirteen large untitled works from Rossell's Ricas y famosas series (1993-2001). In the introduction to her book of the same title Rossell declares, "The images depict actual settings. The photographic subjects are representing themselves. Any resemblance of real world events is not coincidental." Rossell's objective in this series was to document a particular group of people in their personal space and the resulting images illustrate scenes littered with hired help and material wealth. The artist reveals the consumption habits of her willing subjects and weaves a wordless narrative about the life of an elite few.

Ausstellungsdauer: 14.9. - 17.11.2002
Oeffnungszeiten: Di-So 12 - 18 Uhr

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