Solo show opens May 3rd in Philadelphia

April 23, 2013

PRESS RELEASE
April 19, 2013

“It Isn’t Always Going to Be This Great” – Jason Varone
Curated by Michael Konrad
Opens: Friday, May 3rd and runs through June 1, 2013
www.grizzlygrizzly.com
Press contact: Michael Konrad, mikekonrad@gmail.com

Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present “It Isn’t Always Going to Be This Great” featuring a new, site-specific installation by Jason Varone for May 2013. In this multi-media project for Grizzly Grizzly, the Brooklyn-based artist combines wall drawings of smoke plumes with a projected animation of animals falling from the sky. Simultaneously, a black & white video of explosions from aerial drone attacks is intermittently decorated with washes of color over a sublime, melodramatic soundtrack.

Varone refers to his work as ‘videopainting’ – an intersection of static drawing with moving images as a new way of painting for the Information Age. His work is rooted in both landscape and technology, treating the landscape not as a vista to be rendered by the artist, but rather as a physical representation of the unseen data that flows through it. Appropriated video from news footage and electronic communications are projected through space and merge with physical symbols of the landscape rendered in paint, making associations between the complexity of technological advancement and the destruction of the natural landscape. The invisible data of the ethereal landscape, brought to light through Varone’s video projections, reveal an underlying narrative of malevolence quickly escalating towards disaster.

About the Artist: A graduate of New York University, Varone lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His artwork has been exhibited in many venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Boston Center for the Arts, The British Film Institute, The International Center of Photography and Art in General in New York City.

The artist will be in attendance during the May 3rd opening reception from 6-10PM. A brief bio is included on the following page. For further inquiries or to arrange an interview with the artist at another time, please contact mikekonrad@gmail.com.

Grizzly Grizzly is a project space in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2009, Grizzly Grizzly has programmed monthly exhibitions, screenings and performances. The gallery is currently under the direction of artists Michael Konrad, Jacque Liu, Ruth Scott, Mary Smull, Cindy Stockton-Moore and Josh Weiss.

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