Sidereal Messenger, June 2019
Opening Reception: Friday June 7, 6-10pm
Runs Through: Sunday, June 30
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Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present Sidereal Messenger (Starry Messenger), a solo exhibit by Brooklyn artist Lee Arnold. Focusing on Arnold’s time-based work, the exhibit brings together a collection of continuously looped videos. His constructions build layer by layer, engaging elemental concepts of scale, repetition, color and sound, and morph into abstracted landscapes and imagined worlds.
Arnold’s images are shifting spaces that examine systems of natural phenomena and the aesthetics of information. Using a variety of forms including film, video, animation, photography, collage, drawing and sound, his diverse practice engages with perceptions of time, memory, and visual experience through the lens of philosophy and the history of science.
Sidereal Messenger originates from the title of a pamphlet published by Galileo in 1610 in response to the newly invented telescope, and his resulting revelations about our galaxy and reverence for the sublimity of space. As a point of departure, Arnold contemplates the unknowable in works like Dark Nebula, Moon Phase and Eclipse. His images are framed as if viewed through the lens of a telescope, waveforms going in and out of phase like colliding moiré patterns creating a visual and sonic eclipse.
Lee Arnold was born in London in 1972 and lives in Brooklyn. He has exhibited at venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Eyebeam and Exit Art in New York, the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, the Institute of Contemporary Art, TSA, Vox Populi, Fleisher Ollman, and the Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia, and SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Arnold is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Ucross Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and DAAD, Berlin. He received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Hamilton College, and is an Associate Professor at Drew University.
This project was supported in part by The Velocity Fund administered by Temple Contemporary with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.