Kimberlee Venable: All this comes back



Apr 20, 2013
Spring Exhibition Opening
Apr 20, 2013–Jun 29, 2013
Kimberlee Venable
New Commissions

Kimberlee Venable: All this comes back

Curated by Courtenay Finn

The empty blue sky of space says “All this comes back to me, then goes again, and comes back again, then goes again, and I don’t care, it still belongs to me”–The blue sky adds “Don’t call me eternity, call me God if you like, all of you talkers are in paradise: the leaf is paradise, the tree stump is paradise, the paper bag is paradise, the man is paradise, the sand is paradise, the sea is paradise, the man is paradise, the fog is paradise”
Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

Art in General is pleased to present Kimberlee Venable’s site-specific video installation All this comes back on view in the Storefront Project Space from April 20-June 29, 2013.

All this comes back presents a unending video loop that fills the front two windows of Art in General’s Storefront Project Space. Filmed on location in Jones Beach and Long Beach, Long Island, the black and white video stretches and skews tidal imagery, positioning us at the water’s edge. Waves approach and recede, creating a hypnotic rhythm that is both common and uncanny. Though filmed at specific beaches, at specific times, Venable has created a work that denies its specificity, becoming a stand-in for our relationship to the ocean, and the vastness of the world at large. All this comes back seduces passersby, pulling us closer, and suggesting that a small sliver of an all too familiar site is enough to make us take pause.

Kimberlee Venable is an artist and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from School of Visual Arts, NY, NY in 2011 and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH in 2005. Recent exhibitions include True Lies, Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY (2012); EXCEEDINGLY FEMININE, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY (2012); Walking Forward-Running Past, Art in General, New York, NY (2011); stillspotting nyc, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, NY (2011); and P h a n t a s m o r g a n i c a, Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York, NY (2010).

All images courtesy the artist and Art in General. Photography by Steven Probert.

General support of Art in General is provided by General Tools & Instruments LLC; the Lambent Fund of the Tides Foundation; Abraham and Lillian Rosenberg Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Enoch Foundation; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Ralph E. Ogden Foundation; ConEdison; The Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and by individuals.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; and Affirmation Arts Fund. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, Cher Lewis, and Joyce and Ken Siegel; and Commissioners’ Circle members Sue Berland, Roya Khadjavi Heidari, Sean Johnson, Mary Lapides, Steve Shane, and Jeremy E. Steinke.

All images courtesy the artist and Art in General. Photography by Steven Probert.