‘some false moves’

May 29, 2015-June 28, 2015, 12:00 am

Hosted by presentcompany at Present Company


Present Company embraces the end of the spring with some false moves—a group exhibition comprised of ten artists at various stages of their careers hailing from New York, California, and South America.

Featuring new and recent works by Alexandre Brandão, Amanda Curreri, Jennifer Grimyser, Zerek Kempf, Yeni Mao, Lance Rautzhan, Max Stolkin, Angie Waller, Robin Winters, and Audra Wolowiec.

Collectively, their work condones sly actions and poetic counter-actions that often stem from post-conceptual and neo-political interests. As an exhibition, some false moves began as a curatorial prompt. One in which artists were asked to respond or choose affinities to the exhibition’s title with new or recent works. “some false moves” is a line from a text-based work by Richard Long, a British sculptor and land artist, that Present Company came across via an exhibition catalogue mailed from London.

The line resonated in that it completes a part of the artistic process that usually leads to great discovery. Further, it underscores a way of working that is heavily mined by these artists to unexpected effects. As acts of defiance against instruction-based work and the rigid studio rules employed by most formal artists, the resulting work on view manifests itself through chance, risk, failure, and an acceptance of the unresolved.


Alexandre Brandão (b. 1979, Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo. He holds a Fine Arts degree form the Guignard University of Art of Minas Gerais in Bello Horizonte, Brazil. He has presented recent solo exhibitions in venues such as the São Paulo Cultural Center, Oswald de Andrade Cultural Center, Galeria Leme, and Pivô, all in São Paulo. Recent group exhibitions include, 18th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC Videobrasil (São Paulo), 5th Inter-American Video Art Biennial (Washington, DC); Projeto Atelier Aberto (Belo Horizonte); Cologne Art Film Biennial (Germany). His work is in the permanent collection of the Fiorucci Art Trust in London, UK. In 2014, Brandão won the ICCo/SP-Arte Artist-in-Residence Grant to work with Residency Unlimited in New York.

Amanda Curreri is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Oakland, CA. She presents personal and social histories towards public experiences of intersubjectivity. Informed by social activism and built within the vernacular of visual language, her work creates frameworks for rethinking power relationships. Curreri has recently exhibited at the Asian Art Museum, SF; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; Ortega y Gasset Projects, NY; and the Incheon Women’s Biennale, Korea. She is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship (2009) and a SF Guardian Goldie Award (2010). Curreri holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a BA from Tufts University in Sociology and Peace & Justice Studies. Curreri is represented by Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Jennifer Grimyser was born in Milwaukee, WI and received a BFA from MICA and an MFA from Hunter College. She has presented solo exhibitions at Bronx River Art Center and Solo(s) Project House. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous group exhibitions in venues such as Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Lesley Heller Workspace, Islip Art Museum, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, and at the galleries at Rutgers University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent residencies include Vermont Studio Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and NARS Foundation. Jennifer has published two limited-edition artist books through Women’s Studio Workshop and Kayrock Screenprinting. Her work is featured in several collections including Walker Arts Center, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Indiana University, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Zerek Kempf received his MFA from University of California, San Diego and his BFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University. In 2012 he founded helper, a studio and project space in Brooklyn, New York. He has been selected to attend residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the New York Art Residency & Studio Foundation. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Waag Society, Amsterdam; CA2M Museum, Madrid. Since 2010 he has worked with the poster collective 2-Up, and in 2009, Onestar Press published, Having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds, a collaborative book project with artist Joe Winter. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Yeni Mao (b. 1971, CA) received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, subsequently trained in metal casting in California, and the architecture and fabrication industries in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include “Regatta” at Munch Gallery in New York, “Whiskey Papa” at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg, and “The Conquerer” at Second Street Gallery in Virginia. Mao has been featured in numerous national and international group exhibitions, including the IX Bienal De Artes Visuales Nicaraguenses, Allegra LaViola Gallery, Andrew Edlin Gallery, DOB Hualamphong Gallery, Hionas Gallery, Maquis Projects, and ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur. Residencies include The Lijiang Studio and Red Gate Gallery in China, The Fountainhead Residency in Miami, OAZO-AIR in Amsterdam, Flash Atöyle in Turkey, and Casa Wabi in Mexico. Mao’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, and the Bangkok Post. Mao lives and works in New York City.

Lance Rautzhan (b. 1974, PA) studied Social Theory and Philosophy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Long Island City, Queens in 1997 to study acting under Catherine Russell and make small works on paper. After a six-year stint in Baltimore (1999-2005), Rautzhan moved his studio to Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he would continue to work until conceding to gentrification in 2014. Rautzhan’s work has been recently exhibited at Gallery 211, Subbasement and SchiavoneEdward all in Baltimore, as well as Freight & Volume and Eastern District, both in New York. In 2013, he was participated in a residency at DNA Gallery in Provincetown. Currently, he works in a large barn in the Appalachian Mountains of rural Eastern Pennsylvania.

Max Stolkin was born Indianapolis, IN. He studied Literature at The Evergreen State College, and later studied Fine Art at Kunsthochschule Mainz. He was the recipient of a 2013 Swing Space Artist Residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has exhibited works in a wide range of media in the US, England, The Netherlands, and Germany. He has published print projects with AKV Berlin and Night Papers, LA, as well as last year’s Versions, an artists book in Printed Matter’s Emerging Artists Publication Series. He currently lives and teaches in South America and might be at work on a novel.

Angie Waller investigates collective longings that endure society’s technological advances. Her work combines data mining techniques and analog materials. Her research series, Unknown Unknowns (titled after a Donald Rumsfeld tautology), uses databases of web search engine traffic to uncover questions that one may have never thought to ask oneself. Included in this series is an eponymous email newsletter, a growing volume of auto-generated romance novels entitled “Love Unknown,” and text-based works on paper. Angie received her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has exhibited in museums, festivals and galleries internationally.

Robin Winters came of age in late 1960s San Francisco, when practitioners of Bay Area Figuration coexisted with a burgeoning group of California conceptualists, and all were energized by the countercultural ferment of the era. In 1972, Winters moved to New York, where he became a fixture of the Downtown scene, performing and exhibiting in the City and internationally. Winters was a founding member of Colab, the artists’ collective behind such seminal exhibitions as The Real Estate Show and The Times Square Show. A recipient of an NEA grant and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Fine Arts, Winters’ work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including, but not limited to: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New Museum, New York; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; The Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC; The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; The Stedelijk Musem, Amsterdam; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist whose work oscillates between sculpture, installation, text and performance, to produce conceptually driven work with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. Her work has been shown at Art in General, Magnan-Metz, Reverse, Socrates Sculpture Park, Norte Maar and The Poetry Project. Featured in Modern Painters, Brooklyn Rail, Time Out NY, LaVague Journal and thresholds (MIT Dept of Architecture). Recent artist residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Physics Department at the University of Oregon. Wolowiec currently teaches at SUNY Purchase and is the 2015 Artist Educator in Residence at Dia:Beacon. She is based in New York City.

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