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Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN - Roxy Paine: Apparatus
Roxy Paine, Carcass, 2013. Maple, birch, fluorescent lighting, glass, sheet rock; 13 feet, 10 13/16 inches x 20 feet, 1/2 inch x 13 feet, 7 inches. Photo: Joseph Rynkiewicz.


Roxy Paine

September 20–December 20, 2013Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN
219 N. Elizabeth St
Chicago, IL 60607
T +1 312 432 0708

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is proud to announce its first exhibition with New York based artist Roxy Paine titled Apparatus. Apparatus will be the inaugural exhibition at our newest gallery location at 219 N. Elizabeth St. and Paine’s first solo exhibition in Chicago.

Roxy Paine’s work has challenged the perception of visual language and how it affects the understanding of our environments since the genesis of his career in the early nineties. Focusing on objects and their fabrication, Paine strives to evoke a desire to understand how meaning can transcend through time, using our conventional relationships with the visual as an anchor for the exploration of truth. Highly acclaimed for his synthetic replicas of organic forms such as fungi and trees, intricately executed with impressive mastery and ingenuity, and his computer-driven machines programed to auto-produce works of art, Paine presents a complex arena where the balance between what we know to be true and what we can learn from a deeper contemplative observation is considered.

With Apparatus, Roxy Paine introduces a new series of large-scale dioramas. Inspired by environments designed to be activated via human interaction, a fast-food restaurant and a control room, the dioramas are hand-carved from birch and maple wood and formed from steel, frozen in time, void of human presence thereby making their inherent function obsolete. Paine transforms these environments and creates a contemplative experience where what is seen behind the glass lingers between the real and a shell of reality. The work prompts viewers to consider their pre-conceived knowledge of the mechanics and functions of both a fast food restaurant and a control room and open to the possibility of how this knowledge can, and will, change through time and context.

Paine has constantly innovated ways that address impervious knowledge and challenged it with almost impossible transformations and finding a balance in the inevitable changing nature of the world. Though human language relies heavily on social convention and learning, Paine strives to push the boundaries of that process. Paine’s dioramas, along with his previous bodies of work, serve as reminders of the knowledge and enlightenment that comes from actual, real, experience with our natural and fabricated worlds.

Roxy Paine (b. 1966) lives and works in Brooklyn. Select recent and upcoming solo and group exhibitions include Articulated Confusion: The Drawings of Roxy Paine (2015), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI; Out of Hand, Materializing the Postdigital, Museum of Art and Design, New York; Solo Exhibition, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York: Roxy Paine: Scumaks and Dendroids, Nelson – Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Roxy Paine, WANAS Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden; Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Roxy Paine, Madison Square Park, New York; Roxy Paine: PMU, curated by Bruce Guenther, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR. Select public collections of National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, the Netherlands; Denver Art Museum; Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; City of Beverly Hills; Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; San Francisco Museum of Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Roxy Paine is the Artist Honoree for ARTWALK NY 2013 and recent recipient of recognition by the Brooklyn Museum of Art at its annual Brooklyn Artist Ball in 2013. Roxy Paine is represented by Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York.

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