FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Perry Street Rove to Open
February 8, 2002, with Group Exhibition of Emerging
Independent curator and artist
Kenny Schachter has long been known for exhibitions
presented in venues not typically associated with fine
art-rented, uninhabited, raw spaces used for extended
periods of time. While awaiting the completion of two
permanent exhibition spaces, conTEMPorary in the West
Village, and a Chelsea gallery, both designed by Acconci
Studio (under the direction of noted installation
artist and sculptor Vito Acconci), Schachter
will present an exhibition in a storefront space on
Perry Street in New York City opening February 8, 2002.
The show, entitled Tensionism,
will run through March 22nd, 2002 and will feature the
work of thirteen artists including: Sol Sax, Susan
Smith-Pinelo, Brendan Cass, Sanford Biggers, Graham
Gillmore, Misaki Kawai, Zoe Pettijohn, Bob Myers, James
A. Brown, Mika Rottenberg & Sharon Glazberg, Dave Beech,
Rory MacArthur and Peter Fend. Perry Street Rove
will also feature an ongoing installation by Vito Acconci
detailing the developments in the design and construction
of conTEMPorary and the Chelsea gallery project.
The art in this exhibition,
largely made after the events of September 11th, reflects
the anxiety that is palpable in New York City and beyond.
Each of these artists will subsequently be showcased
in a series of two person exhibits when the conTEMPorary
gallery opens in April 2002 at 14 Charles Lane, also
located in the West Village.
The title of this show comes
from artist/architect Frederick Kiesler, an inspiration
for Schachter's plans for the upcoming spaces, who crafted
an architectural system of the future in 1925, which
he called "Tensionism". Kiesler railed against the vertical
nature of cities, referring to skyscrapers as coffins
towering up from the earth to the sky; 'one story, two
stories-one thousand stories-coffins with air holes.'
Kiesler was aiming for a functional, organic architecture
liberated from the ground with no walls or foundations
but with a system of spans (tension) in free space.
In any event, the expression he employed serves as a
metaphor for the present global condition where terror
is something that everyone can taste and fear has been
forever instilled in our minds.
"Take care that the jade you
are riding does not bolt under you, and you pitch on
those inquisitive noses into the muck"-Frederick Kisler,
Manifesto of Tensionism: Organic Building The City
in Space Functional Architecture, De Stijl Magazine,
Located a block east of the
new Richard Meier-designed residential tower, Perry
Street Rove is the storefront space in the former Cooper
Classics building at 132 Perry Street, between Greenwich
and Washington Streets. The building has been turned
into a residential loft building, Perry Street Condominiums,
in the midst of opening.
For additional information,
please contact 212 807-6669 or visit www.roveTV.net
where the exhibit will be broadcast live throughout.