It is now time to go back to school and to open a brand new season at the gallery. For its 10th show in Brussels, Stems is presenting a group show that introduces the latest development in the work of three American artists: Ann Greene Kelly (based in Los Angeles), Ethan Greenbaum, and Letha Wilson (both based in New York). The show emphasizes how the three young artists are reimagining imagery as a sculptural medium and sculpture as an intemporal image.
In these works by Ann Greene Kelly, the object’s scale is consistently redetermined by the viewer. How we orient ourselves with and to these objects unfolds in relation to the gallery and the architecture surrounding it. These moderately sized objects contain windows, bricks, and cans that offer a narrative somewhere between movement and stillness. For Kelly there is an inextricable link between the object, the viewer and its surroundings.
In the wall works of Ethan Greenbaum, cuts, windows and frames are there to challenge our perception of the second and third dimension. Greenbaum’s recent series of CNC carved photographs offer a clear preview of the way that digital photography is evolving. His superimposition of topographical imagery models a haptic perception increasingly alive in our touch screen world.
Questioning how people define images or objects by bypassing the conventions of each, Letha Wilson’s colorful rhythms, waving lines and folded photographs interact immediately with the audience. Combining traditionally printed color photographs with concrete, or pushing them face-down into cement, these materials offer an unusual relationship that is unexpectedly congruous.
For these three artists, rules are made to be bent but not breached. Consequently, their work expands the borders of their disciplines while maintaining a rigorous formal and material integrity.