Go See – New York: Arcangel, Pinard, Routson at Team Gallery through July 31, 2009

July 2nd, 2009

Cory Arcangel - Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11
Still from Cory Arcangel’s ‘Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11′ via Team Gallery

Team Gallery’s current exhibition is a group show of three video artists from the gallery’s roster: Cory Arcangel, Guillaume Pinard, and Jon Routson. It follows a similar three-person show of abstract work by its artists in January. The exhibition includes a number of video pieces, in both large and small formats, as well as a sound piece by Routson and two prints by Arcangel in his Photoshop series – a similar print was in the New Museum’s triennial, Younger Than Jesus.

Arcangel, Pinard, Routson [Team Gallery]
Arcangel, Pinard, Routson @ Team [This Heart’s On Fire]


Arcangel Pinard Routson
Installation view of ‘Arcangel, Pinard, Routson’ via Team Gallery

Arcangel, a new media darling, contributed a video titled ‘Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11,’ an arrangement of YouTube footage of “keyboard cats,” a popular YouTube trend where cat owners posted videos of their cats on pianos.  Arcangel took clips from a banal but slapstick sensation and edited them so that the cats appeared to play Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘Three Piano Pieces,’ one of the first atonal compositions. The Photoshop prints were made by adjusting the program’s gradient tool, selecting an area to blow up and display as an abstract work of art. Both continue Arcangel’s exploration and mediation of changing technologies and their relationship to the sublime.

Guillame Pinard - Avril
Still from Guillaume Pinard’s ‘Avril’ via Team Gallery

Pinard makes short films using Flash animation, creating whimsical, brightly colored landscapes and absurd animal and insect characters that contrast with the violence and decay of the action taking place.

Jon Routson - Spinners
Installation view of Jon Routson’s ‘Spinners’ via Team Gallery

Routson has two pieces in the exhibition. The first is a sculpture that plays books on tape, ranging from respected literature to throwaway thrillers, in a commentary of the glut of entertainment available online without the time for the complete consumption of any one thing. Also shown is work from Routson’s Spinners series, projections of rotating circular images meant to induce unease and nausea, especially when showing images such as Dick Cheney, nipples, or Terry Schiavo.

Cory Arcangel - Photoshop CS- 84 by 66 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Russell's Rainbow" (turn transparency off), mouse down y=25180 x=15100, mouseup y=1400 x=6400
Cory Arcangel’s ‘Photoshop CS- 84 by 66 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient “Russell’s Rainbow” (turn transparency off), mouse down y=25180 x=15100, mouseup y=1400 x=6400′ via Team Gallery

‘Arcangel, Pinard, Routson’ runs June 26-July 31, 2009 at Team Gallery at 83 Grand St. in New York.

Guillaume Pinard - Vladimir
Guillaume Pinard’s ‘Vladimir’ via Team Gallery

Arcangel Pinard Routson 3
Installation view of ‘Arcangel, Pinard, Routson’ via Team Gallery

Cory Arcangel - Photoshop CS- 84 by 66 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum", mousedown y=8900 x=15,600, mouse up y=13,800 x=0
Cory Arcangel’s ‘Photoshop CS- 84 by 66 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient “Spectrum”, mousedown y=8900 x=15,600, mouse up y=13,800 x=0′ via Team Gallery

Jon Routson - Spinners 2
Still from Jon Routson’s ‘Spinners’ via Team Gallery

Cory Arcangel - Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11
Still from Cory Arcangel’s ‘Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11′ via Team Gallery

Guillaume Pinard - Provisional End
Still from Guillaume Pinard’s ‘Provisional End’ via Team Gallery

Arcangel Pinard Routson 2
Installation view of ‘Arcangel, Pinard, Routson’ via Team Gallery

Jon Routson - Spinners 3
Installation view of Jon Routson’s ‘Spinners’ via Team Gallery

Cory Arcangel - Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11 (2)
Still from Cory Arcangel’s ‘Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11′ via Team Gallery