July 13 – September 22, 2019
Some memories stick with us — our minds replaying them over and over like the catchy portion of a song heard earlier in the day. Our oldest memories can also loop in this way. Often, the time surrounding the memory has eroded over the years, setting adrift what remains, out of context and without a clear beginning or end. This flotsam may not be of anything necessarily important, but we return to it again and again as it is all that remains of our earlier selves.
Like these drifting fragments of memory, Adam Hurwitz’s (New York, NY) video loops are of moments disconnected from any longer timeline. After many years as a painter, Hurwitz switched his primary medium to computer generated video. Employing software normally used to create bombastic special effects and slick advertising, his works are quiet, visual poems about memory and solitude. Included in this exhibition are five of his more recent works.
[My] videos are informed by my experience as a painter and exist in a world between painting and film. They represent an ongoing project entitled Reflective Nostalgia, after a term described in Svetlana Boym’s book The Future of Nostalgia: “Reflective nostalgia thrives in ‘algia’, the longing itself, and delays the homecoming — wistfully, ironically, desperately.” This body of work is about the moments between moments, the interstices of life when nothing seems to happen.
Adam Hurwitz received his M.F.A. in painting from Yale University and has exhibited in solo and group shows in New York City, Boston, San Diego, Maryland, and elsewhere. Grants include the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a 2014 NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. He is a recipient of MacDowell Colony Fellowships in 2015 and 2017, and Yaddo residencies in 2016, 2018 & 2019. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker and he was the featured artist in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of the Tupelo Quarterly. Recent solo exhibitions include extraOrdinary, at STUDIO10 Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Pause/Play at Lithium Gallery in Chicago, both 2018. Recent group shows include Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM, 2017 as well as the traveling exhibition, “Real-Fake” in 2017/2018.
Find out more about Hurwitz and his work at adamhurwitz.com.
Images: (above) Adam Hurwitz, still image from June Bug, 2017, Looped digital animation; (below) Adam Hurwitz, still image from Backstop, 2018, Looped digital animation