South likes: Bill Jenkins at Laurel Gitlen, New York

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Bill Jenkins, Wet Light, 2014, installation shot. Courtesy of the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

South likes: Bill Jenkins at Laurel Gitlen, New York
Wet Light
Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
18 May – 22 June, 2014

In a short essay written in 1933, In Praise of Shadows, writer Jun’ichirō Tanizaki commended the use of light in Japanese traditional architecture as it differed from the Western style: “This was the genius of our ancestors,” he wrote, “that by  cutting off the light from this empty space they imparted to the world of shadows that formed there a quality of mystery and depth superior to that of any wall painting or ornament.” In his second solo show at Laurel Gitlen, Bill Jenkins created a sculptural installation to funnel the light sources of the venue, piping it like water throughout the spaces of the gallery. Using materials commonly used to fix architectural problems like water leaks or heating failure, the artist subverted the essential elements of the white cube—and the ideological neutrality associated with it. The result is twofold: on one hand the neat architectural volumes, open spaces, and abundant lighting are obliterated by simple construction materials, embracing the aesthetic values of the building site. On the other, light is captured in its sculptural qualities, gathered as it is through pipes and mirrors into a diaphanous rendering of volumes. With a sophisticated and delicate touch, Bill Jenkins’ installation not only penetrates through the space and the sight of the viewer, but above all inextricably encompasses different creative perspectives. For architectural, pictorial, and sculptural vision are all subsumed under the unique phantasmic hallucination created by the intuition of light.

Michelangelo Corsaro

http://www.laurelgitlen.com

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Bill Jenkins, Wet Light, 2014, installation shot. Courtesy of the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

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Bill Jenkins, Wet Light, 2014, installation shot. Courtesy of the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

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Bill Jenkins, Wet Light, 2014, installation shot. Courtesy of the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

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Bill Jenkins, Wet Light, 2014, installation shot. Courtesy of the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

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Bill Jenkins, Wet Light, 2014, installation shot. Courtesy of the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

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Bill Jenkins, Wet Light, 2014, installation shot. Courtesy of the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

 

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