nova (I), 2007
Ink and watercolor on paper, 8.46 x 8.27 in., 21.5 x 21 cm
Where He Was Going
John Connelly Presents is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition with Canadian artist and filmmaker Scott Treleaven. Treleaven will exhibit a new series of works on paper that incorporate watercolor, ink, and collage, in addition to color and silver gelatin prints, Chiyogami paper sculptures, and an immersive dual channel video installation.
The "threshold" experience is at the heart of this exhibition, the moment of transition and in between. Treleaven illustrates varied moments of contact between two worlds or states of being - when the world above stares at the world below and vice versa. For many cultures adolescence is the nascent period between childhood and adulthood, a state that is often praised for its mystical attributes; these changelings are sometimes able to become the medium of contact, a bridge, between the worlds of the living and deceased. In this liminal moment, often one of mirroring, it is revealed that opposing states are much more alike then one might have imagined.
Scott Treleaven works with collage, drawing, sculpture, film and photography to create compositions of figures in dark tableaux that bridge the spiritual, the uncanny and the allegorical. Strongly influenced by cinematic tropes, his collages and sculptures are connected through recurring characters, noir mise-en-scene and subculture motifs. Treleaven first achieved recognition in 2002 with his short film, "The Salivation Army", which was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2006 and at numerous venues internationally. Based on his experiences publishing an underground magazine of the same name, the film fleshed out one of the artist's core obsessions: that the language employed by occult and symbolist traditions still remains the most accurate way of describing and dignifying the human condition. He has most recently collaborated on projects with artists AA Bronson, GB Jones, Genesis P-Orridge, and writer Dennis Cooper. He currently lives and works in Paris.
Exhibition: April 4 - May 10, 2008
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11am - 6pm
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