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(Long Island City, New York – September, 2004) – P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is proud to present new Special Projects on October 24, 2004, including works by Paolo Canevari, Petra Lindholm, and Amy O’Neill. Special Projects are selected individually, without attention to a theme in order to reflect the extraordinary energy and variety of practices among young artists working in New York City and abroad.

Paolo Canevari: Welcome to Oz Courtyard. Selected by P.S.1 Executive Director Alanna Heiss.

Paolo Canevari’s (b. Rome, 1963) installation, Welcome to Oz, revolves around a photograph that ran in several newspapers depicting American soldiers outside the entrance of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison with the words “Welcome to Oz” hanging over their heads. Underscoring the irony and sarcastic implications of this sentence, Canevari defines and develops the idea of imprisonment as both a physical and psychological state. This site-specific installation, a barbed wire structure in P.S.1’s courtyard, is constructed of rubber from tire inner tubes bound to a wooden structure. This “fence” designates a private protected territory, defining a space that cannot be entered or escaped as well as addressing an ambiguous concept of prohibition. Viewers in the space, by experiencing a sense of physical and mental constriction, are encouraged to reflect on the authoritative and symbolic meaning of signs, barriers, and borders.

Paolo Canevari’s work has been included in major group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, XIII Quardriennale di Roma, Palazzo della Esposozioni in Rome, Centre for Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and The Liverpool Biennial, 2004. He was awarded the International Fellowship in Visual Arts by the Mid American Arts Alliance and US Information Agency (1996), and received an art prize for his work in the Art for the World, Playground and Toys for Refugee Children project in New York (2001). His work can be viewed in many permanent public outdoor projects, such as Uomoerba at the Sculpture Park in Villa Glori in Rome.

Amy O’Neill Old Noah’s Ark (from Parade Float Graveyard) The Vault. Organized by PS1 Curatorial Advisor Bob Nickas.

P.S.1 presents a new, major sculptural installation by Amy O'Neill (Pennsylvania, 1971). "Ethay, Arkway, ofway Oahnay" (pig Latin for The Ark of Noah) is based on a float from the 1968 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. Entered into the parade by the fraternal order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, the original float, titled "Hark, Hark the Ark," was covered in white and pink chrysanthemums, with a blaze of red roses on the deck. In O'Neill's reconstructed version, which is 16 feet long, five feet wide, and eleven feet high, the ark and its animals are pared down to skeletal forms and rendered in chicken wire. An archival recording that describes the 1968 parade in florid detail plays from inside the hull of the ark. While it seems to offer an escape from disaster, O'Neill's version, stripped bare of all decoration, has come to rest where all old, abandoned floats end up - in the Parade Float Graveyard.

Petra Lindholm Second Floor Special Project Room. Selected by P.S.1 Curator Amy Smith-Stewart.

P.S.1 presents a suite of three videos, each ten minutes long, by Paris-based artist Petra Lindholm (b. 1973, Karis, Finland). The videos, exhibited on monitors on the three different floors of P.S.1’s central stairwell, use video techniques such as the close-up, jump cut, accelerated and slowed images, and compressed or stretched time and space. Each sentimental and carefully constructed narrative, for which Lindholm composed the soundtrack and sings, poetically investigates the psychological terrain of our inner selves. Sunrise 5AM (2001), shot in a living room and bedroom in a modest apartment in Sweden, is absent of figures. Shifting light, dancing across rooms as the sun and moon move throughout the day, creates a deep psychological tension. Reported Missing (2003), which was shot in Stockholm, Italy, Easter Island, Chile, the Grand Canaries, and Australia, is a fragmented narrative of suggestive moments charged with emotion and imagination of self. Until (2004), making its debut at P.S.1, is a portrait of two strangers (a man in a bath and a girl in a bar) chronicled through a nighttime narrative of phone calls. Their desires and the mystery of their meeting are juxtaposed with images of the emotional landscape of their (and the viewer’s) subconscious.

Petra Lindholm studied at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm 1996-2001. Lindholm has had solo exhibitions at IrmaVepLab, Reims, France (2004); Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm (2002 and 2004); Galleri Bacchus, Borås, Sweden (2003); Prima Kunst, Collaboration with Stadtgalerie in Kiel, Germany (2002); MUU Galleria, Helsinki, Finland (2002); and Galleri Platform, Vaasa, Finland (2001).


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Special Project: Petra Lindholm
Kuratorin Alanna Heiss