Booth B8 : Cirrus Gallery
Cirrus is pleased to present 6 artists—Vija Celmins, Fred Eversley, Joe Goode, Ed Ruscha, Barbara T. Smith, and Jonas Wood. The works on view concern a variety of vistas—through hotel curtains improbably blocked by the icy impasto of a blue milk bottle (Joe Goode), a starry atmosphere (Vija Celmins), improbable vistas of closely-held majestic mountainous views enclosed in domestic flower pots (Jonas Wood), and the ineffable, inevitable decisiveness and possibility at the precipice or frontier—the word “IF” as it sits on an inky, blue-black horizon (Ed Ruscha).
The artists included all engage with the photographic—optical or binary. Fred Everlsey’s parabolic lens operates as a visual instrument that captures, distorts, and colors the street outside his studio. The work’s title, Red Dwarf (2019), refers to the most common type of star in the galaxy, where low surface temperature implies the possibility of life-sustaining planets like our own.
Barbara T. Smith’s use of optical sensors in a flatbed scanner captures the mundane and essential mineralogical and vegetal material from which we draw vitality (Rocks, Weeds, Dirt, 2019). These flattened vistas (Celmins’ Strata, 1983, creates a similar sense of close observation, albeit of impossibly distant objects) press the viewer close against the image field.