Rose Eken (solo) + Marshall Weber (solo) PR

Rose Eken 'Love is the Drug'

Marshall Weber 'Yesterday is Dead'

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Opening Reception Wednesday January 9 from 7-9 pm
Exhibitions run January 9 - February 3, 2013

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New York, New York, December 30, 2012 – ‘Munch Gallery is pleased to announce two solo exhibitions: Rose Eken (DK), ‘Love is the Drug’ and Marshall Weber (US), ‘Yesterday is Dead’. While Eken is concerned with the structures of love, coupling and hero worship, Weber, on the other hand, attempts to deface nostalgia by dismantling personal items and past relations. Both artists will be present at the opening reception, Wednesday the 9th.

 

ROSE EKEN:
Eken’s practice revolves around the paraphernalia and detritus of rock and roll culture. Working across a range of media including miniatures in cardboard, sculpture and ceramics, video-installation, and large-scale embroidery, Eken faithfully recreates the peripheral objects of rock, punk and DIY history. Construct and reality meet in the metaphorical gap between the real world and intimate fantasy – between raw male guitar energy and a more fragile and feminine miniature universe.

For the exhibition ‘Love is the Drug’, Eken will show a body of new work focusing on her embroideries. The embroidered works are linked together by a series of glazed ceramic works, which are placed in pairs on shelves and plinths in the front room of the gallery. As the title ‘Love is the Drug’ indicates (a reference to the Roxy Music song of the same name) the show investigates notions of Love; of being in love, and of couples. It is about the obsessive love of the fan, the compulsive affection of the musician toward his/her instrument, the infamous bassist tender feelings for his girlfriend and the teenager’s dream of becoming a rock star. It is about the romance and the myths surrounding the world of rock and roll. The pieces in the show all pair up as couples, duos or twins. Everything is handmade, and imperfections between the duplicates add a different character to each piece thus creating dialogue and intimate stories between the work.

 

MARSHALL WEBER (e-mail to the Guillemots, November 29, 2012)

Dear Guillemots,
Your song “Yesterday is Dead”, in confluence with events in my life, has inspired some artworks of mine. Typographic interpretations of excerpts from the song appear in the artwork. The work will be premiered at Munch Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in January.

There are 18 original photo-collages, 9 by 13 3/4 inches, with stencil cut outs and stencil spray-paint, and I plan on making an accordion fold print/book in an edition of 20. I will credit the band and can also credit a specific writer if anyone desires.

The photographs were taken by me and my sister Raimie Weber in New England, USA and Cuba from the 1970’s through the 1990’s (and some photos of Egypt from unknown sources) , I have used an old stencil machine from the 1920’s to cut excerpts of the lyric of the song into the actual photos and rearranged all the resulting bits and pieces.

My idea was to destroy nostalgia, I was not exactly successful, but its a start. I know that artistic license covers this usage but I also feel like I want to thank you for your great song. So if you want to use any of these images please do, I can send you much larger digital versions if you like. Its a barter situation.
I’ll send a few samples now, as you may not care a bit for any of this and I don’t want to chunk up your email. In any case I hope all can be copacetic and I am interested in your responses if you have a moment, if not I’ll totally understand.

peace,
Marshall Weber