Helwaser Gallery is pleased to announce Translucent Concrete, an exhibition of new paintings by multi-disciplinary artist Anton Ginzburg, running from November 24, 2020 - February 25, 2021. Since 2016, Ginzburg has developed a signature painterly language of hard-edged abstraction. Ginzburg has consistently developed color-spatial explorations over the course of three bodies of work, examining the processes involved in the act of human perception. Spanning works on paper and paintings on wood, this latest series deconstructs the dynamics of viewing interior and exterior spaces. Ginzburg’s recent works are the subject of a new monograph, Blue Flame: Constructions and Initiatives, published by Hatje Cantz in December 2020.
Ginzburg’s paintings are conceived of as a series of distinct scenes that collectively read as a pictorial montage of the city. In developing this body of work through long periods of isolation, Ginzburg drew from his own living environment of Chatham Towers — a concrete, brutalist building constructed during the Cold War in 1969 in Lower Manhattan. Ginzburg’s views of emptied-out glass towers, light-filled public spaces, and concrete environments are framed against large window panes with acute geometries, resulting in the structure of each painting as an “unfolding” perspective, where geometric compositions of color, plane, and line become abstract references to Ginzburg’s impressions of interior and exterior spaces. Viewed together, Ginzburg’s paintings serve as visual records, where perceptions of the material nature of modern architecture are transformed by emotion and affect. Each painting registers a particular geometry and atmosphere, collectively serving as an index of psychogeographical situations based on the artist’s observations.
Also on view is a recent video work, Constructivist Drift (2016). The video is based on Russian-born French poet and activist Ivan Chtcheglov’s manifesto, "Formulary for a New Urbanism", which was published in 1953 by the Situationist International as a radical response against what he saw as an imposition of soullessness within Modernist architecture and mass-produced culture. The title of the exhibition, Translucent Concrete, references a term that Chtcheglov cites in his manifesto; Constructivist Drift expands on Ginzburg’s paintings by turning the viewer’s gaze back to the built landscape, and how the human dimension of the city can interact with it. In the video, texts by Chtcheglov are projected onto the wall of Chatham Towers, interspersed between images of Soviet architecture. The changing daylight that occurs throughout the duration of the film acts as a structural device; at the beginning of the video, the outline of the buildings are clearly visible. As twilight sets in, the buildings fade into the background, eventually disappearing into the black screen.
Alongside this exhibition, other works by Ginzburg are also presently included in the Yerevan Biennial curated by Lorenzo Fusi. Beginning January 2021, Ginzburg will also be an artist-in-residence at the Technische Universität Dresden as the second fellowship recipient in the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden’s artist-in-residence programme. Together with early-career researchers at the Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden and through exchange with various university faculties, he will explore the lab’s first main research topic: "Artificial intelligence, as factor and consequence of societal and cultural change".
Anton Ginzburg: Translucent Concrete is curated by Junni Chen, Director of Contemporary Exhibitions and Programs.
About the artist
Ginzburg (b. 1974, St. Petersburg, Russia) is a New York-based artist, known for his films, sculptures, paintings, and text-based printed work investigating historical narratives and poetic studies of place, representation, and post-Soviet identity. He earned a BFA from The New School's Parsons School of Design and MFA degree from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. His work has been shown at the 54th Venice Biennale, the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Canada, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, White Columns in New York, Lille 3000 in Euralille, France, and the first and second Moscow Biennales.
His films have been screened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR), Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Soluna), Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and New York Film Festival/Projections among others.
This policy applies to all Personal Data processed online by Helwaser Gallery through its website, social media platforms, email, and newsletter subscription service.
For the purposes of this Policy:
“Personal Data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, where an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person; and
“process”, “processed” and “processing” means any operation, or set of operations, which is performed on Personal Data or on sets of Personal Data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
What information do we collect?
You may give us information about you by filling in forms when using our services, signing up to our newsletter or contacting us with enquiries. Such information can include:
1. Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address; and
2. Data including artwork information, artworks owned, requested, offered, reserved, purchased, consigned and details of artwork invoices.
Information about your usage of, and interaction with our website. we may automatically collect data about your browsing activities including traffic data, location data, the originating domain name of your Internet service provider, and statistics on page views.
In addition, we may disclose your information to the extent that we are required to do so by law (which may include to government bodies and law enforcement agencies) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, and in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention).
How do we use the information collected?
Your Personal Data is generally processed by us as necessary for purposes directly related to our functions and activities. This includes any one or more of the following purposes:
We also use various forms of marketing to provide you with promotional materials for the purposes of marketing in accordance with our legitimate interests to send you information about gallery exhibitions and events. We use third party email providers, such as MailChimp, to process these marketing emails. If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on unsubscribe at the bottom of each marketing email.
We may share your Personal Data with our selected third party providers and suppliers for the performance of delivering our Service under the contract between you and Helwaser Gallery, including processing payments and delivering artwork to you in accordance with your instructions. Our third party suppliers will have their own processing terms. Where we reasonably believe that you are or may be in breach of any of the applicable laws, we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your email/internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content.
Helwaser Gallery does not process the Personal Data of persons 16 years of age or younger, except where express consent has been communicated to us by a person capable of giving such consent on his/her behalf. Where the processing of your Personal Data does not fall under one of the bases set out within this policy, we will obtain express written consent from you for such processing by methods or means which include making you sign a form or check a box. You can withdraw such express consent at any time by contacting us at email@example.com
You have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected.
We will use reasonable efforts to the extent required by law to supply, correct or delete personal information held about you on our files (and with any third parties to whom it has been disclosed to).
Access to Personal Data
You may request access to, and correction of, your Personal Data held by us by contacting us at the contact details at any time. All requests for access and/or correction will be processed within a reasonable time except where we refuse such requests in accordance with any applicable laws or regulations. In some situations, you may be able to access and correct your personal information directly through our Platforms.
Safeguarding Personal Data
We will use reasonable technical and procedural measures to safeguard your Personal Data, for example, by: ensuring that access to any personal account you have with us is controlled by a password and username which are unique to you; storing your Personal Data on secured servers; and restricting access to Personal Data on a ‘need to know’ basis.
Whilst we will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard your Personal Data, please note that the use of the Internet and/or our Platforms cannot be made entirely secure and we therefore are unable to guarantee the security or integrity of any Personal Data which is transferred from you or to you via the Platforms.
Object to us processing data about you
You can ask us to restrict, stop processing, or to delete your Personal Data by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org if:
If you inform us that you would no longer like us to store or process your Personal Data, we may be required to collect information from you each time you interact with staff members or through our website.
Making a complaint
If you are unhappy with the way Helwaser Gallery is processing your Personal Data, please let us know.
By mail: Helwaser Gallery, 833 Madison Ave, Third Floor, New York, NY 10021
Changes to our policy
We will notify you of any changes to this policy by email, or announcing it on our website.
Further rights of data subjects in the European Union (“EU”)
If you are a data subject in the EU, you may contact us to exercise the following further rights:
All requests made to us in exercising the rights above will be processed within a reasonable time except where we refuse such requests in accordance with any applicable laws or regulations.
Updated August 2019