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P·P·O·W was founded by Wendy Olsoff and Penny Pilkington in the first wave of the East-Village Art Scene in New York City in 1983. In 1988 the gallery moved to Soho and in 2002 moved to Chelsea. P·P·O·W maintains a diverse roster of national and international artists.

Since its inception, the gallery has remained true to its early vision, showing contemporary work in all media. There is a commitment to representational painting and sculpture and artists who create work with social and political content.
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George Boorujy "Passenger" at P.P.O.W, Opening November 6th, 6-8pm

Thu Nov 06, 2014 18:00 - Sat Dec 20, 2014

New York, New York
United States of America

George Boorujy


November 6 – December 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 6, 6-8 pm

P.P.O.W is pleased to present Passenger, an exhibition of new work by George Boorujy. The exhibition will expand upon Boorujy’s ongoing exploration of North America through a series of strikingly life-like, ink on paper depictions of animals native to this continent. Drawing on the longstanding tradition of artists and naturalists composing highly realistic renderings of life on earth, Boorujy creates works that advance this practice, imbuing his subjects with human-like expression and encouraging a relationship between the work and the viewer.

Intrigued by the division that has emerged between humans and their natural surroundings, Boorujy has created a series of large-scale drawings that re-evaluate the way in which we see animals and encourage us to grapple with the impact that we have on our environment. Taken together his works represent an exploration of what North America has come to represent and how we fit into our contemporary landscape.

With Passenger Boorujy turns his eye to the notion of movement, transference, and the changes that followed in the wake the Columbian Exchange. After 1492, the landscape, animals, and people of North America were forever altered, with some species prospering while others were wiped off the face of the earth. Through his work Boorujy overturns traditional perceptions of animals, imbuing his subjects with totemic status and, through unlikely pairings and unexpected positioning, compels the viewer to pause and reconsider them anew.

The subjects featured in the exhibition include a number of animals whose fate has been largely determined by the human population. Among the works on view will be three drawings of Passenger Pigeons. 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of this bird. Once the most numerous bird on the planet, its demise not only marked man’s impact on the planet, but also has the notorious distinction of being the first recording of an extinction in real time. Also on view will be a large-scale image of a horse, caught in a state of ecstasy on the ground. Horses evolved in North America but went extinct on their home continent before being reintroduced by the Spanish. Another species whose fate was dramatically altered by the human hand.

Two images of humans will also be included in the show, a portrait of a woman whose ethnicity is intentionally obscured, and a portrait of Ota Benga, a Mbuti Pygmy man brought to the US for the St. Louis fair in 1904. Benga, born in the Congo and dying by suicide in Virginia, had a tragic yet unprecedented life infamously marked by being displayed for a time at the Bronx Zoo alongside a chimpanzee and orangutan, the implication being that he was less than human. The fact is that we all are, ultimately, animals.

A catalogue will be published with color reproductions and an essay by Debora Kuan in conjunction with the exhibition.

George Boorujy was born in 1973 and raised in New Providence, New Jersey, and lives and works in Brooklyn. He attended the University of Miami intending to study marine biology. However, his art courses soon over-took his science concentration earning him a B.F.A in painting in 1996. After graduation he traveled North America eventually landing back in New York City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts, receiving his M.F.A in 2002. Boorujy has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad.


Adam Putnam

Thu Sep 11, 2014 18:00 - Thu Sep 11, 2014

New York, New York
United States of America

P.P.O.W is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition with New York-based artist Adam Putnam. For the last ten years, Putnam’s practice has steadily evolved out of an interest in live actions that employ the body as a vehicle for exploring the intersection between our physical selves and the architectural space that we inhabit. Putnam often uses his own body as the starting point for this exploration, merging his figure with architectural forms or contorting himself in an effort to supplant the physical elements of a space.

For this show Putnam will be exhibiting an array of drawings, sculptures, and photographs that incorporate the principles of performance to investigate the correlation between interior and exterior space, a geometry that is easily understood as the relationship between bodies and architecture. In addition Putnam will exhibit a series of short videos entitled Reclaimed Empire (Deep Edit), 2008-2014, a selection of short films from an ongoing series comprised of over 60 fragments and short works. Putnam explains that “the original title, reclaimed empire, initially an overt nod to Warhol’s ‘Empire,’ speaks less about homage, and more to the notion of a constant return to repeated subject matter – a gaze that never leaves, that stares un-blinkingly – mechanically – at the same subject. This was my Empire, comprised of whatever was on hand in my studio, sculptural fragments, broken mirrors, architectural models and other detritus.“ Putnam's use of repeated imagery has accumulated into distinct sections: Reflections, Set Pieces, Landscapes, Architectural Thresholds, and The Veiled. His subject matter reveals itself through the building of these distinct sections exploring the boundary between the physical self, architecture, and environment, often using one as a stand in for the other.

Putnam furthers this investigation through a collection of black and white photographs that depict live action projects and a selection of large-scale drawings. Taken together the works evince Putnam’s interest in exploring the human-like aspect of seemingly stagnant architecture forms, and the way in which the body can be used to navigate space and alter the way in which we perceive our surrounding environment.

While Putnam employs a diverse array of media, he regards his practice as an organic and interactive collection of works that influence and inform one another. Each of Putnam’s works, from his videos to his drawings, are grounded in a physical, central point that is essential for creating the illusion of perspective, and from which the action or movement that each piece contains is derived. A selection of imagery is repeated throughout his work as well, from the obelisks that populated his earlier work, to the more recent Piranesi-style crypts that will be on view at P.P.O.W. For Putnam, rather than signify specific architectural spaces, these images are intended to provide a means for investigating a particular perspective, a concept central to his work, while also providing a visual vocabulary that connects his multi-media practice, allowing him to learn about and expand upon each medium through the exploration of another.

Putnam’s work has been included in various exhibitions worldwide, most notably: the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); the 2nd Moscow Biennial, Moscow (2007); and the Busan Biennial, South Korea (2008), as well as shown at notable institutions, including MoMA PS1, New York (2007) and The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2005). Curatorial projects have included an exhibition of Martin Wong entitled Everything Must Go at P.P.O.W (2009) and Blow Both of Us at Participant Inc. (2007). Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Locust Projects, Miami, (2012) and at Artpace, San Antonio (2013).


Elizabeth Glaessner "All this happened, more or less"

Wed Jul 09, 2014 18:00 - Fri Aug 15, 2014

New York, New York
United States of America

Elizabeth Glaessner

All this happened, more or less

July 9th—August 15th, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 9th, 6-8pm

P.P.O.W is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Elizabeth Glaessner, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City. Glaessner’s paintings take elements from traditional history painting and re-contextualize them in a distinctly intimate and otherworldly voice. An exploration of memory, personal history and ritual, Glaessner’s work questions the way in which we relate to and envision our past. Her most recent paintings depict a highly detailed mythology of post-human existence on earth that features anthropomorphic, gelatinous figures in familiar, yet toxic, landscapes. These organic creatures appear as if born from natural forms, like tree trunks and rock formations, in attempt to reconstruct lost histories through the detritus left behind.

Using pure pigments dispersed with water, acrylics and oils, Glaessner creates a beautifully saturated and intricately layered world through various painting techniques that recall the materiality of works by Marlene Dumas and Dana Schutz. The rich media creates illusory qualities that accentuate the amorphous nature of her subjects and their surroundings.

Glaessner combines familiar objects with misunderstood and idiosyncratic portraits, often laden with humor that counterpoint her macabre imagery. Like the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich and El Greco, the forms and figures of Glaessner’s world blend together in an attempt to display a malleable reality. The paintings contain serial imagery of animals and objects considered to be sacred in her post-human world—trees, water, donkeys, boats, and treehouses. Landscapes with mountain peaks, boulders and beaches are shown melding with their inhabitants in fascinating ways, creating an uncanny image of something the viewer recognizes but cannot place.

Elizabeth Glaessner was born in Palo Alto, California in 1984 and grew up in Houston, Texas. After receiving her BA from Trinity University in 2006, she moved to New York and completed her MFA at the New York Academy of Art in 2013. She was awarded a postgraduate fellowship at the New York Academy of Art in 2013, a residency at GlogauAIR Berlin in 2013 and a residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in 2012. She has been included in group exhibitions in New York, Texas and Germany and has recently been featured in Berlin ArtParasites, Whitewall Magazine, and LUUPS Munich and Leipzig.


TONY ORRICO: Performances and Opening Celebration at P.P.O.W

Tue May 27, 2014 12:00

Schedule of Performances:
May 27th, 12-10pm, prepare the plane
May 28th, 6-9pm, /Vessel for Governing and Conception/

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 29th, 6-8pm,
Accelerated Image: Yvonne Rainer's Hand Movie (1966)

P.P.O.W is pleased to present our first exhibition of performances, artifacts and bilateral drawings by artist, Tony Orrico. Since 2008, he has been exploring his own bodily symmetry, combining his experience as a dancer and visual artist to inform the enduring durations and actions of his work. In Petrified Acts, Orrico uses his body as a vehicle to create work through timed manipulation of graphite, a surface and space; guided by inherent physical impulses that manifest into visible forms. The exhibition will be preceded by two public performances from his CARBON series. On May 27th from noon to 10pm, Orrico will perform prepare the plane, where he will endure an exhausting marathon of imprinting the edge of paper with his teeth. On May 28th from 6 to 9pm he will perform /Vessel for Governing and Conception/, an exploration of the polar aspects of the body Orrico maps out the flow of Yin and Yang using loose graphite. In addition, Orrico will perform with his partner, dancer Melinda Jean Myers, Accelerated Image: Yvonne Rainer's Hand Movie (1966) during the opening of Petrified Acts, May 29th from 6 to 8pm.

Orrico has been presented and exhibited in the US, Australia, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. His visual work is in the permanent collections of The National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC) and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, as well as prominent private collections. He has been presented at New Museum (NYC) and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing. As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced such stages as the Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, New York State Theater, and Théâtre du Palais-Royal.


Robin F. Williams: Sons of the Pioneers

Thu Feb 13, 2014 15:05 - Sat Mar 15, 2014

New York, New York
United States of America

P.P.O.W is pleased to present Robin F. Williams’ second solo exhibition at the gallery entitled Sons of the Pioneers. Through a series of paintings Williams challenges the roles of American masculinity and traditional portraiture by replacing the idyllic female, or odalisque, with romanticized scenes of men in various states of idleness. The narratives depicted circle around an inverted version of manifest destiny wherein men abandon their conquests and choose stillness, allowing the next frontier to be an inward quest. Through various painting techniques and a neon palette, Williams drapes each figure with mixed identities that mask traditional signifiers of purpose and patriarchy in order to construct a new and sympathetic masculine mythology.

Williams presents each portrait from her position as the “other,” using the tondo as a strategy to reinforce the voyeuristic, peeping nature of the artist’s gaze. In the works Hunter, Astronaut, Onlooker and Sun Hat Sunset, she adorns each male with ornamental hats and accessories, allowing them to reflect sensibilities not typically associated with the male portrait. In these works, Williams repeats patterns and foliage so to weave her subjects together while consciously shifting her treatment of the paint to simultaneously create a sense of individualism for each character. Using external props, some self made and others her own clothing, Williams is able to further reflect the subject’s sense of a shared identity, complicating the concept of otherness.

Sons of the Pioneers continues Williams’ exploration of psychological portraiture and marks a departure from her depiction of children, which was the focus of her previous exhibitions. It is evident in these works that Williams’ painting techniques have continued to develop alongside her expanded subject matter. Within these works Williams draws resemblance from the innovative mark making of post-impressionist Georges-Pierre Seurat, to the paintings of Mary Cassat that re-cast the role of women over a century ago, to the psychedelic pallet of nineties graphic designer Lisa Frank.

Robin F. Williams was born in Ohio in 1984 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been included in numerous exhibition in New York and California. Williams has been honored as the Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and the 2010 Brooklyn Academy “Playbill Artist.”