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Eve Fowler

Eve Fowler: New Work

Through February 26, 2023

New York

Gordon Robichaux is honored to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist, Eve Fowler. This is the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery, as well as her first in New York since her solo exhibition at Participant Inc in 2016.

The exhibition is installed throughout both of Gordon Robichaux’s spaces and introduces a new body of work including a film, a series of colorful text collages, and a nine-channel video installation. Throughout, Fowler expands on her ongoing concerns—visibility, language, and cultural biases as those topics relate to gender politics and queerness.

In the larger of Gordon Robichaux’s spaces (Suite 925), Fowler will present, Florence Derive (2023), a 16mm film transferred to digital and projected as a large image on the wall. Fowler was inspired to make a work after reading a text that describes Derive’s boyhood and begins with vignettes of time spent with her grandmother, who supported her creativity, gender expression, and engagement with objects and the natural world. Derive goes on to recall her difficulties in school as the result of abuse from a male teacher who criticized her effeminacy. In the third section, Derive expresses the importance of her time in art school, where she embraced her life as an artist and found love, support, and acceptance.

For the film, Fowler made an audio recording of Derive reading the text, which she combined with footage of the artist in her Paris studio. Rather than filming Derive reciting the text, Fowler invited her to sit quietly in her studio, surrounded by her paintings, looking directly into the camera without speaking. By juxtaposing visual and aural elements, Fowler creates a poetic portrait that centers and makes visible Derive’s life experience.

The second room of the gallery features a group of collages from Fowler’s ongoing series of text works composed with colorful, irregular letters hand-cut from paper. While Fowler’s previous works featured excerpts from Gertrude Stein’s writing, for the collages in this exhibition, Fowler mined lists of words and phrases she kept from her own daily practice of recording peripheral observations. The playful, frenetic shapes of the letters and phrases memorialize consciousness as concrete poetry and invite the viewer to create new associations and meaning.

In Suite 907, a nine-channel video installation titled Labor (2023) is comprised of twenty videos presented on nine flat-screen monitors attached to a circle of poles mounted to the floor and ceiling. The viewer enters the immersive installation and is surrounded by tightly framed images of artists’ hands at work, painting, burning, drawing, and carving. The cycle of videos is an archive of the creative labor of twenty multi-generational women and foregrounds what a largely patriarchal and capitalist artworld so often ignores, obscures, and erases: the work, experience, and contributions of women.

Artists featured in Labor:

Kelly Akashi, Isabelle Albuquerque, Lita Albuquerque, Leilah Babirye, Fiona Connor, Jean Foos, Aimee Goguen, Samara Golden, Kate Hall, Jennie Jieun Lee, Siobhan Liddell, Nevine Mahmoud, Reverend Joyce McDonald, Liliana Porter, Adee Roberson, Ana Tiscornia, Sara VanDerBeek, Uman, Faith Wilding, and Rosha Yaghmai.

1. Florence Derive was filmed in 16mm by Clément de Hollogne, edited by Rhys Ernst, color corrected by Olivia Ambrosia Taussig-Rees, developed and transferred to digital by Silverway Paris, and produced by Lucas Michael.  The audio was recorded by Léonard de Hollogne. The work was created with the support of the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Roy Lichtenstein Award.

2. Florence Derive, “The History of Herstory,” Seymour Magazine, October 28, 2011, www.magazine.seymourprojects.com/2011/10/florence-derive-the-history-of-herstory/.

3. Labor was filmed in digital video by Eve Fowler, Mariah Garnett, and Lucas Michael; edited by Rhys Ernst; color corrected by Olivia Ambrosia Taussig-Rees; and produced by Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael. The work was created with the support of the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Roy Lichtenstein Award and a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Install (13)

Works

Florence Derive

16 mm color film transferred to HD video

11:25 minutes

2023

The buzz is high pitched today

Collage on paper in artist’s frame

23.75 x 17.75 inches

2022

The computer is open and paused

Collage on paper in artist’s frame

24 x 18 inches

2022

Did you know blue sky is a commodity

Collage on paper in artist’s frame

23.75 x 17.75 inches

2022

Cambridgeport, MA

Collage on paper in artist’s frame

23.75 x 17.75 inches

2022

Bobbi said

Collage on paper in artist’s frame

50 x 32.75 inches

2022

Central Square, Cambridge

Collage on paper in artist’s frame

50 x 35 inches

2022

She reaches in

Collage on paper in artist’s frame

50 x 33.5 inches

2022

Labor

9-channel video installation

Dimensions variable with installation

20 videos, each 3 minutes

2023

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