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Postmasters Gallery

fallibility of perception

  • Joe Amrhein

Press for fallibility of perception

Current Exhibitions at Postmasters Gallery


Women R Beautiful

  • Ruben Natal-San Miguel,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 14, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

VICIOUS FRAMES

  • Claudia Bitran,
  • Lauren Carly Shaw,
  • Gracelee Lawrence,
  • Opens: Feb. 01, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 07, 2020
  • Reception: Feb. 01, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Self Portrait

  • Bernard Kirschenbaum,
  • Opens: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bipeds and Quadrupeds

  • Katarzyna Kozyra,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 01, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

fallibility of perception

  • Joe Amrhein
  • Opens: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

an idea of god, or a toothbrush

  • Jen Catron,
  • Paul Outlaw,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Don't do too much

  • Rafaël Rozendaal,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Glamour Modeling

  • Alex McLeod,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

NSFW

  • Ana Benaroya,
  • Tina Lugo,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

KIRSCHENBAUM

  • Bernard Kirschenbaum,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SCREENSCAPES

  • Diana Cooper,
  • Luke Murphy,
  • Rafaël Rozendaal,
  • Artie Vierkant,
  • Opens: Jul. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dear Friend...

  • Kensuke Koike,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ooh la la

  • Emilio Bianchic,
  • Opens: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Quarantine the Past

  • David Herbert,
  • Opens: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Post Posture

  • Jillian Mayer,
  • Opens: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 31, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Canyon Castator

  • Canyon Castator,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Get a room [Extended]

  • Ab[Screenwear],
  • Opens: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We Will Wait [Extended]

  • Serkan Özkaya,
  • Opens: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Saved by the web?

  • Hasan Elahi,
  • Lin Ke,
  • Eva and Franco Mattes,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 10, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Transposition

  • Mark Dorf,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 10, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

alt-facts

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anti Social

  • Rafaël Rozendaal,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Family Portrait

  • Aneta Bartos,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 02 - Apr 20, 2019


Where

Postmasters Gallery

  • 54 Franklin Street, New York NY 10013 Map
  • 212.727.3323

About

Postmasters is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Joe Amrhein, his largest show in the US since 2003.

Since the mid-1990's Amrhein has been working with the translation, interpretation, and misinterpretation of language. With a background as a sign painter (yet another lost trade, a traditional practice where the human hand has been replaced by the computer), Amrhein manipulates letters, words, and phrases as both visual and verbal codes. He uses hand- painted lettering to create densely layered works that question the validity of knowledge. His works can be deciphered as text and/or viewed as images robust with the wealth of the visual vocabulary of fonts, painterly techniques, colors and scale.

The underlying idea of all his works exposes the inherent slippage of language, the subjectivity of meaning, the fallibility of translation, and the ever-present potential for failure of the viewer to understand and the artist to communicate.
A Fallibility of Perception, a waterfall-like centerpiece of the exhibition, is a vertical stack of overlapping mylar sheets, each using the titular phrase translated into twenty two different languages.

In several other works short phrases (like "Anonymity, No Longer An Option") are translated from one language to another and then another, with meaning changed irrevocably as in a game of telephone. "I think that's how wars get started; no one understands each other," Amrhein says.

Forgery is a series of signatures by famous people, rendered in a commercial sign-painting style on different surfaces. Signatures, typically a mark of one's unique identity and evidence of one's existence, are forged and commodified: Miles Davis, Albert Einstein, Fidel Castro, Adolf Hitler, Henry the VIII, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks, John Hancock.

The language used in Amrhein's most recent work is derived from current observations focusing on the political quandary we're currently facing–the frustrations, and the difficult realities and misunderstandings that contribute to larger narratives, true or false.

In a series of single word text mandalas on layered mylar the word reveals itself letter by stacked letter: Kakistocracy, Egomaniac, Post Factual, Smoking Gun, Impeach, Charlatan.

Positioned in the center of the exhibition is Bonfire, a sculpture that utilizes words spoken by Trump and words that are associated with him–Narcissist, Malfeasance, Asshole, Cronyism, Psychopath, and many more–painted in multiple fonts and colors, on tree branches assembled into a bonfire structure, calling to mind either a purging through fire, or a looming confrontation.


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