SLOW MOTION CATASTROPHE
June 4 - July 21, 2015
Monument Valley, Dead Horse Point, Grand Canyon
Upturned relief patterns, sculpted out by the wind, water, and ice, dragging you down into the whirlpool of time, into the remorseless eternity of a slow-motion catastrophe. The very idea of the millions and hundreds of millions years that were needed peacefully to ravage the surface of the earth here is a perverse one, since it brings with it an awareness of signs originating long before man appeared, in a sort of pact of wear and erosion struck between the elements. Among this gigantic heap of signs - purely geological in essence - man will have had no significance.
Jean Baudrillard, America, 1986
The Chimney NYC is pleased to present Andrew Erdos' solo show Slow-Motion Catastrophe, featuring three commissioned glass sculptures installations. Andrew Erdos’ sculptures, videos, photography, and mixed-media installations explore themes related to time, light, and the sublime. His work investigates the complex relationship between humankind and its environment, and resonates with contemporary reflections led by philosophers and scientists to determine a new ontology in the age of the Anthropocene. Erdos’ overwhelming visual experiences weave together reflections on nature, culture, technology, science and religion. Drawing from his mastering of glass techniques, as well as from historical, mythical, and personal sources, Erdos constructs open narratives which results in a sensory overload for the viewer.
Andrew Erdos, (b. 1985) graduated with a BFA from Alfred University. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York, with Invaluable (2015) and Guaranteed Impermanence (2013). The youngest recipient of the Rakow Commission of the Corning Museum of Glass, his work has been exhibited worldwide and throughout the United States. Notable group exhibitions include Piece by Piece at the Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City (2015); Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations at the New Britain Museum of American Art (2014); Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Knoxville Museum of Art (2014); Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 at the Toledo Museum of Art (2012); Cyberfest at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (2009), Art Parade at Deitch Projects in New York (2008), and Insatiable Streams at Beijing BS1 Contemporary Art Center in Beijing (2007).
Erdos’ work can be found in the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Toledo Museum of Art; the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Corning Museum of Glass; the 21c Museum in Durham, and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. Andrew Erdos lives and works in New York City.