ANNE DORAN | Analogs
January 6 – February 12, 2017
* Extended through February 19 *
Friday, January 6
6 – 8pm
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INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is proud to present “Analogs,” Anne Doran’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
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Doran’s previous exhibition was a period show. Comprising large-scale photograph-and-aluminum wall reliefs produced between 1985 and 1991, they established her as both an important second-generation Pictures artist and, at the same time, a prophet of the visual logic of a dawning internet era.
The new works exhibited here are a continuation – collages composed from discovered imagery and enlarged as large-scale wall installations. Called “analogs,” they confirm not just the relevance of the Pictures Generation’s concerns to our present time, but their renewed urgency. The strategies employed by this generation of artists are now canonized, and their arts’ critical content celebrated—but often in ways that historicize their insights and therefore circumscribe their achievements. That an artist who is also a critic should choose this moment to revisit a body of work from those years is a challenge to the impulse toward periodization.
The reliefs in this exhibition are themselves, in fact, trans-historical. Some revisit—and at times remodel—decades-old collages; some are newly conceived, juxtaposing images not just from different corners of the mass-media culture but different generations of it, too. Taken together, they remind us how inextricably our identities are tied to mass-circulation images, even for those of us most skeptical of their meaning and power.
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Anne Doran (b. 1957) was born in Canada and lives and works in New York. Her work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, NY; The Kitchen, New York; Artists Space, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and 303 Gallery, New York and has been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice, among other publications.