© Christoph Schmidberger

© Christoph Schmidberger

Paradise Lost

Joe Biel
, Neha Choksi, Anthony Goicolea, Scott Hunt, Oliver Pietsch, Christoph Schmidberger

Goff + Rosenthal is pleased to announce our summer exhibition, entitled "Paradise Lost". The show features two paintings by gallery artist Christoph Schmidberger, a new large-scale drawing by Los Angeles-based artist Joe Biel, a large-format photograph by Anthony Goicolea, charcoal drawings by Scott Hunt, video work by Berlin artist Oliver Pietsch, and an installation and work on paper by Neha Choksi.

The works in this exhibition explore themes surrounding the loss of innocence - whether personal, political, or cultural. Simultaneously, the works address ideas of indulgence and decadence, with references to our current political, cultural and psychological climate. Schmidberger's gorgeously idle narcissists, Biel's shaken-down American everymen and Pietsch's romantic samplings of suicide and drugs allow the viewer to dig deep into personal and political experiences of identities at a crossroads. This exhibition questions how we process such losses of innocence and what may lay beyond the tempting, indulgent experience of loss. There may be no obvious answer to this. But, to quote John Milton:

"Our torments also may in length of time
Become our elements."
Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 274.

Joe Biel received his MFA in painting from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1990. He lives in Los Angeles. He has had solo exhibitions with Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, Kuckei+Kuckei Gallery, Berlin, and Mixture Gallery, Houston, among others. He was recently included in the "Erotic Drawing" show at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Neha Choksi was born in Mumbai, India. Neha Choksi received a B.A. in Art and Classical Greek from U.C.L.A. She has had solo and group exhibitions at Space Debris, Mumbai, The Block Gallery, Sydney and Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, among others.

Anthony Goicolea received his MFA from Pratt Institute of Art in 1996. He has had solo shows with Sandroni Rey gallery in Los Angeles, Postmasters Gallery, New York, and Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, among others. He has been in many important group exhibitions both at commercial galleries and museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, New York and the Arizona State University Art Museum.

Scott Hunt was born in upstate New York. He received his BFA from Parsons and has worked as an illustrator. Hunt's work was recently included in NYU's 28th Annual Small Works Exhibition in which he also received the jury award. This is his first showing at Goff + Rosenthal.

Oliver Pietsch was born in Munich, in 1972. He studied at the Art Academy, Munich (1996-2003) and lives in Berlin. He has participated in group exhibitions and festivals including: Videonale, Bonn, Germany; "gestrandet", Munich, Germany; Videofestival Murazzi, Turin, Italy; In & Out, Tirana, Italy (2000); Generator, Bologna/Milan, Italy (2000/2001); WRO - 9th Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland (first prize); Infernale, Berlin, Germany; Circles Of Confusion, Film & Video Festival, Berlin, Germany; "Macht der Gewohnheit", Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria; Videofestival, Turin, Italy; "Click Here", Art Forum Gallery, Merano, Italy; 14th Instants Video Manosque, France (2001); "Prison screening", Prison of Marseilles, France; VideoArt & Experimental Film, Munich, Germany (2000).

Christoph Schmidberger, born in Austria in 1974, lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Goff + Rosenthal, New York and Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica. Group exhibitions include "Gio Ponti: Furnished Settings and Figuration" at ACME., Los Angeles and "Regarding Picabia" at Zwirner & Wirth, New York. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Albertina, Vienna and other public and private collections."

Exhibition: June 7 - July 23, 2005
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11 am - 6 pm (Summer hours)

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