“THE The Oldest Living Things In The World

Curated by Christina Costello
ON VIEW: September 13 – November 2, Wed-Sun from 12-6PM
CLOSING RECEPTION: Sunday, November 2; 5–8 pm

For the past decade, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has been ​​​ researching, working with scientists, and traveling all over the world to photograph ​ ​continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Her work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science, has an innate environmentalism, and is underscored by an existential incursion into Deep Time. She’s captured everything from multi-millennial trees to 5,500-year-old moss to half-million-year-old bacteria, traveling from Antarctica to Greenland to the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback. ​Her New York Times bestselling book ​of the same title was​ published in April 2014, with forewords by Hans Ulrich Obrist and scientist Carl Zimmer. Sussman​ is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. S​he was awarded the LACMA Lab Art​ + Tech grant to ​produce new work exploring Deep Time and deep space​ with SpaceX and NASA JPL. Her work can be found in university, museum, corporate, and private collections.

Closing Reception & Cocktail Party:
Sunday, November 2; 5–8 pm
Tickets are free of charge; advance reservations are highly recommended. RSVP Here

Join us Sunday, November 2 at Pioneer Works for a very special closing reception for Sussman’s highly celebrated solo exhibition, featuring never before seen prints and a site-specific installation of research and ephemera collected from her travels. Artist Jer Thorp, co-founder of the Office for Creative Research will join Sussman in a dialogue, delving into her work and explorations while Shoots and Roots Bitters mixes botanical cocktails inspired by The Oldest Living Things in the World.
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bronx museum silver-1_FLAT The Last Day

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 7; 6 – 9PM
ON VIEW: November 7 to December 12

Pioneer Works is pleased to present Bosco Sodi’s The Last Day, a site-specific 57 ft. long polyptych. Created with silver pigments and organic materials, the work questions the fast deterioration of our planet and the impermanence of life – one of the essential Buddhist doctrines: all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, in a constant state of flux.

Bosco Sodi (b. 1970, Mexico City) is known for his richly textured, vividly colored large-scale paintings. Sodi has discovered an emotive power within the essential crudeness of the materials that he uses to execute his paintings. Focusing on material exploration, the creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work, Sodi seeks to transcend conceptual barriers. Sodi leaves many of his paintings untitled, with the intention of removing any predisposition or connection beyond the work’s immediate existence. The work itself becomes a memory and a relic symbolic of the artist’s conversation with the raw material that brought the painting into creation. Sodi’s influences range from l’art informel, looking to artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Jean Dubuffet, to master colorists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and the bright hues of his native heritage.
Photo by Kevin Kunstadt

hogancamp_square The Women of Marwencol

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 7; 6-9PM
ON VIEW: November 7 to December 12

In conjunction with its release of “Women of Marwencol: Recent Photographs,” a limited edition by artist Mark Hogancamp, ESOPUS will co-present an exhibition of Hogancamp’s recent works. The exhibition, Women of Marwencol, will feature large-scale prints related to the images reproduced in the ESOPUS edition along with other photographs—curated by Janet Hicks, director of One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY—ranging from early works documenting the fascinating origins of the town to brand-new photographs by Hogancamp featuring life-size mannequins. Pioneer Works will also present a screening of the 2010 documentary Marwencol (directed by Jeff Malmberg) on Saturday, November 15th at 7pm followed by a reception.

RadicalSoftware Send Blank Tape
Radical Software magazine and early video distribution networks
An installation of early video art at Pioneer Works curated by Liz Flyntz

ON VIEW: November 9 – November 16

“Since only the user is in a position to know what is relevant for him and how he wants to access relevance and information, exchange must include the user from the beginning.” -Paul Ryan, “InfomorphOne: Organization of Ignorance” Radical Software 1(3)

This installation mines Radical Software, the first periodical devoted to video, to present a survey of some of the very earliest video art in existence. In the earliest days of video, the lines between art, documentation, journalism, and experimentation were either not yet existent or intentionally blurry.

The community of exchange that Radical Software facilitated was notable for the unusual intersection of hybrid practices and ideologies including radical pedagogy, feminism, left activism, gonzo journalism, experimental art, and erotica.

The installation is in the spirit of the early 70s Friday-night video screening parties held in the Prince Street SoHo loft inhabited by members of the video art collective Videofreex. Included are works by the aforementioned Videofreex, as well as individuals and collectives such as Raindance, TVTV, Ant Farm, John Reilly, People’s Video Theater, and Ladies Home Journal.