press release

D¹Amelio Terras is pleased to present One-Armed Bandit, an exhibition of non-conventional wall pieces from gallery artists Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher, and Joanne Greenbaum.

All of the works in this exhibition are uncharacteristic of each artist¹s ascribed medium. They are simple derivations that stand behind a more rigorously defined primary practice. Apfelbaum, who produces large textile based floor installations, will exhibit a series of marker drawings on synthetic velvet. Greenbaum, who primarily creates mid to large size oil paintings, will exhibit a group of collaged ink jet prints. Feher, known for his multi-component sculptures of post-consumer objects, will show a series of small, flattened boxes covered in glitter.

One-Armed Bandit makes reference to the traditional slot machine that repeatedly reorders a fixed number of icons to make randomly derived sequences of images. The organizing structure of the slot machine, and its reliance on probability and luck, has determined how the works of these three artists are displayed in the gallery. Cycling through the various permutations of groupings of three, the exhibition is a playful exercise in organizing these abstract, brightly colored, and materially based works.

In the upcoming year, Polly Apfelbaum will be included in Extreme Abstraction at the Albright- Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and will present a one-person show at Galerie Nächst St. Stephan in Vienna, Austria. Tony Feher will be included in Material Matters at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and in Water Water Everywhere at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Arizona. Feher will be a featured artist at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; the opening of his exhibition will coincide with Open House 2005. Joanne Greenbaum has two upcoming solo exhibitions in Europe, at greengrassi in London, UK, and at Nicolas Krupp in Basel, Switzerland.


One-Armed Bandit: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher and Joanne Greenbaum