Elena del Rivero
August 7 – September 6, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday August 14, from 6-8pm
The title refers to a term coined by Raphael Rubinstein* in 2009 to describe an ongoing trend: Provisional paintings, "look casual, dashed-off, tentative, unfinished, self-canceling". They "demolish their own iconic status before they ever attain such a thing." Their genealogy includes Robert Rauschenberg’s “cardboards” of the 1970s, Raoul de Keyser, Christopher Wools, Mary Heilman and extends to a younger generation of artists who have been working across the map from Berlin to Bushwick and Mexico City, qualified as "the new casualists" by artist and critic Sharon L. Butler*. The exhibition connects three generations of artists whose work oppose to the monumental, the official, and the permanent to embrace the off-kilter and the awkward in a playful combination of deliberation and indecision.