For Immediate Release:
LIVED LIVE EVIL DEVIL
January 11 –
February 16 March 1, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 6-8pm
We are pleased to announce that artist Diana Puntar will exhibit a new body of work in an installation titled, LIVED LIVE EVIL DEVIL, at Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery. This will mark Puntar’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
LIVED LIVE EVIL DEVIL incorporates both hanging and free-form sculptures to create a crowded, cavernous environment that functions with the lights on and off. Utilizing synthetic and mass produced materials such as plywood, foam, phosphorescent paint, reflective glass beads, aluminum and lawn ornaments Puntar creates a natural if not, eerily futuristic world.
In the artist’s words: “From discreet sculptural works to full-scale modular installations, my work examines various imagined frontiers from the living room to outer space. Although I often borrow from a design aesthetic, a more personal vocabulary interjects to question individual and class identity. Combinations of real and fake wood demand a dismissal of high and low as categories of quality, while optical disturbances disrupt the familiar. In my sculptures and installations the ‘natural’ world exists only as a cleansed facsimile, vaguely approximating the real. This simulated ‘outside’ alludes to my fear that there is no longer an exteriority to pursue in American culture – we are trapped inside.”
Diana Puntar graduated from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston with her M.F.A in 1996. Puntar’s recent solo exhibitions include: Less Than Day, Or Night, Project Room at P.S.1, Long Island City, 2007; One Last Single Solitary Moment, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, 2007; An Hour On The Sun, Small A Projects, Portland, 2006; and Burning For You, Participant Inc. New York, 2005.
LIVED LIVE EVIL DEVIL will be on view from January 11th through February 16th, 2008. Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery is located at 621 West 27th Street on the ground floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am – 6pm. For further information, please contact Liz Jonckheer at 212-255-0979 or visit: www.oliverkamm.com.