May 16th Exhibition
The Measure of a Vine
May 15th - June 7th, 2015, Opening May 15th, 6-9pm
Part of the Lower East Side Gallery Stroll for Frieze Art Week on May 17th from Noon-6pm.
Rob Carter creates multidisciplinary artworks which concern our contemporary understanding of the politics of nature and architecture though the lens of history. Installation, time-lapse and photographic works often concern environmental themes, chiefly historical developments in agricultural science and our perpetually unfolding relationship to the natural world. Past, present and future are visualized using stop-motion animations that focus on our relationship to city planning and architecture. Such videos simulate paths of urban expansion and deconstruct cultural and corporate practices such as tourism or sport.
In The Measure of a Vine, the vigorous growth and graceful movement of the noxious weed kudzu is visualized in a two-channel video, photographs and drawings. They combine scientific methodology devised by Charles Darwin and digital time-lapse technology to present two contrasting ways of perceiving and experiencing this controversial plant over a five-day period. Carter will also present a new series of schematic drawings made with ink derived from the kudzu plant. Despite huge strides in the biological sciences, mimicking a 19th century experiment set up a symbiotic relationship between plant and artist, revealing our troublesome inability to comprehend ?plant-time? or the ?plant-intelligence? that we rely on for survival.
Rob Carter was born in Worcester, UK and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University and later received an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in New York. He has shown his work internationally, with solo exhibitions at Art In General in New York, Galerie Stefan Röpke in Cologne, Station Independent Projects in New York, Galeria Arnés y Ropke in Madrid and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in Rome. He has also exhibited at Centre Pompidou-Metz in France, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, The Field Museum in Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Carter has been awarded a Workspace residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011-12) and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2010). This fall he is looking forward to spending three months as a resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.