August 2 – 24, 2014
An exhibition at The Gardens in Vilnius, Lithuania, organized by Art in General
Flotsam consists of four frames, or ‘apertures’, in which single book pages are suspended, each lit from behind by a single light bulb. These pages happen to have images—printed on both sides of the paper—that when placed in front of the light bulb, coalesce into a single, new ‘third’ image, or an instantaneous unintended collage. Much as is suggested by the exhibition title, which brings to mind images of miscellaneous debris or cargo that happens to wash up on shore at the same time, these double-sided pages are ‘coincidental’ artworks, found and collected by the artist in recent years. This body of work reflects Mrozowski’s larger interest in how we view objects and images that predate the Internet, the role of image editing software such as Photoshop, hidden messages, and the potential for latent meaning to develop in our immediate surroundings. For this project at The Gardens, Mrozowski used book pages sourced locally in Vilnius.
Ryan Mrozowski is an interdisciplinary painter whose work has been recently exhibited at various venues including Chapter NY, Know More Games, Pierogi, Ziehersmith, ACME, Halsey McKay, and Daniel Weinberg Gallery. His work has been written about in The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, the NY Observer, Modern Painters, BOMB Magazine, and has been featured on the covers of New American Paintings and McSweeneys. Mrozowski received his BFA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and his MFA from Pratt Institute in 2005. Mrozowski was born in 1981, Indiana, PA, and lives and works in New York.
The Gardens is a project space founded by two curators, Inesa Pavlovskaite and Gerda Paliusyte, in Vilnius, Lithuania and dedicated to the practice and dissemination of Lithuanian contemporary art in Lithuania and abroad. The Gardens mainly works with a younger generation of artists but also organizes cross-generational projects as well as programs concerts and screenings in the premises of a Vilnius planetarium where it is originally located.
Mrozowski’s project was generously supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Agnes Gund; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, and Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Leslie Ruff, Joyce Siegel, and Jeremy E. Steinke.
Additional special event support provided by ROOT[Drive-In]