THE FISHER PRESS
Gallery and Fine Books
307 Camino Alire
Santa Fe NM 87501
Like Death, New Mexico Will Catch Up with You in the End
July 16 – August 18, 2010
Opening Friday, July 16, 2010, 5 – 8pm
The Fisher Press is pleased to present Like Death, New Mexico Will Catch Up with You in the End, an exhibition by New York-based artists Christopher K. Ho and Kevin Zucker. The project consists of three components: a four-foot long chainsaw carved sculpture, a painting of a tumbleweed, and a book.
The book, titled The Late Work and published by The Fisher Press, contains images, drawings, and descriptions of (imaginary) late works by the two artists, envisioned by 45 of their former students, who attended the Rhode Island School of Design between 2004 and 2009.* They took into account their former professors’ current trajectories, the direction of contemporary art, and concerns such as the average productive lifespan of humans.
In Like Death, New Mexico Will Catch Up with You in the End, tumbleweed, a diaspore, becomes a metaphor for teaching, in which often otherwise moribund ideas remain alive and spread through students. The festschrift-like book complicates the temporality and hierarchy of influence: Rather than imagining the promising future of students, Zucker and Ho are subjected to the (sometimes affirming, sometimes dire) predications of those students, now young artists. The exhibition and book seek to address the problematic of mid- and, especially, late-career production.
*for a full list of participants, please see book cover image or contact gallery
Artists’ biographical information:
Christopher K. Ho (b. 1974) has had solo exhibitions at Winkleman Gallery in New York and EDS Galeria in Mexico City. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Elizabeth Foundation, Dallas Contemporary, MASSMoCA at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art; and internationally at the Freies Museum in Berlin, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Srpska, and the Other Gallery in Shanghai. He was included in the 2009 Incheon Biennial, the 2008 Busan Biennale, and the 2008 Chinese Biennial. Currently, he is spending a year living in a small shed covered in license plates in a Colorado mountain town making real art (whatever that turns out to be). The results will constitute his second solo exhibition at Winkleman Gallery in New York, in Fall 2010. He received his B.F.A. and B.S. from Cornell University and his M.Phil from Columbia University.
Kevin Zucker (b.1976) has had solo shows at Greenberg Van Doren, Mary Boone Gallery, and LFL Gallery in New York; Jablonka Luehn in Cologne; Paolo Curti & Co. in Milan, and Arario Gallery in Beijing. He has been featured in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and The Moore Space, amongst others. Zucker has published his writing, curated shows for Guild & Greyshkul and Mary Boone Gallery, and taught extensively. His work has been written about in numerous publications including Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail; and is represented in public and private collections worldwide, including Collezione Maramotti, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, The Progressive Corporation Collection, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Zucker lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.