September 14 - October 25, 2002
Liz Rideal: Mandrake Tango/Works 1992-2002 presents the work of this British artist who, for the past 15 years, has made the photo-booth her primary means of expression. She creates sensuous abstractions constructed from the photo-booth strips or will sometimes enlarge certain sections of the strips into multi-paneled photographic murals. The images are either of variously colored and textured fabrics that Rideal tosses into the booth while the camera shoots the material’s fluttering downward sequence, or of arrangements—and rearrangements—of floral and vegetal matter. In addition to a selection of her photographic pieces, examples of the artist’s monotypes will be exhibited in juxtaposition to her most recent venture into the sculptural medium, which consists of small bronze casts of upside-down roots. Mandrake Tango is on view from September 14 through October 25 and an opening reception will be held on Friday, September 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Rideal will be present at the opening and will speak about her work the following day on Saturday, September 14 in the Gallery at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Rideal uniquely combines a number of methods and interests from past sources such as Surrealism’s fascination with the machine, an intentional invitation to the contributions of random chance and found objects, the minimalist proclivity towards the grid format, and post-minimalism’s swerve toward process and the mutable. However, Rideal’s work speaks less of a concern with the means engaged or the integrity of the material, and more of the distillation of those means and that material into a sense of the purely luscious. This sense is summoned in part from our associations with fabric—its presence usually signifies something forbidden or exclusive, anticipated or magical. Even more entrancing is its role to cover and reveal simultaneously.
Liz Rideal, Honesty, 2000, photo-booth
strips mounted on board, 7 7/8 x 6 1/4
inches, Courtesy Lucas Schoormans
Gallery, New York
Liz Rideal, Plunge, 1996,
c-print diptych, edition of 3,
57 1/8 x 84 5/8 inches,
Courtesy Lucas Schoormans Gallery,
Liz Rideal was born in 1954 and lives and works in London. She has been actively exhibiting her work in both one-person and group exhibitions, mainly in Great Britain and Europe, since the early 1980s, and has also curated several exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Examples of her work are held in many private and public collections worldwide such as the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Henry Buhl Collection, New York; the New York Public Library; The Seagram Collection; and the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven. Ms. Rideal teaches at the Slade School of Art, London.
Liz Rideal: Mandrake Tango is the artist’s first exhibition in an American museum. A catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition contains several poems by Emily Dickinson; essays by Judy Collins, former Curator of Sculpture at the Tate Gallery, London, and by artist, critic and writer Emmanuel Cooper; and a poem written specially for this occasion by critic and poet Bill Berkson.
Support for The Culture of Violence is provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the LEF Foundation, the Dorsky Foundation, an anonymous donor, Robert H. Fuller, and the UMass Arts Council.