Nhmx, September 05, 2019 - October 19, 2019
The most elusive and ineffable experiences inform the work of Spencer Finch. To see the light that others have seen before him, he has travelled to culturally significant places like the cave of Lascaux, famous for its Neolithic cave paintings, to watch the same sunset, the prehistoric artists must have witnessed. He has studied the grey ceiling over Sigmund Freud’s couch and observed the light in Hisarlik, believed to the location of ancient Troy, at dawn. With both an interest in scientific research and a true poetic sensibility Finch dedicates himself to capturing these phenomena. His works, however, always reflect the impossibility of arriving at a single truth about his subjects and reinforce the ephemeral beauty and aura of the observed world.
Spencer Finch was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1962, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has participated in the Folkestone Triennial, UK (2011), the 53rd Venice Biennial (2009), the Turin Triennial (2008) and the Whitney Biennial (2004). A survey exhibition titled “What Time Is It on the Sun?” was on view at MASS MoCA, North Adams in 2007/2008. His long-term installation “Cosmic Latte” will be on view at the museum beginning in May. His recent solo exhibitions include: The Morgan Library and Museum New York; Montclair Art Museum; Turner Contemporary, Margate (2014), Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana (both 2013), Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (2012), The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst MA (all 2011); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC and FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou (both 2010). Recent public commissions include: “A Cloud Index”, Crossrail Paddington Station London (opens in 2018); “The Western Mystery“, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum; “Lost Man Creek”, MetroTech Commons, New York (both 2017); “Newton’s Theory of Color and Music (Goldberg Variations),” Steinway, New York (2016); “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning“, the only work of art commissioned for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum (2014); the glass facade design for the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore (2012) and “The River that Flows Both Ways,” High Line Park, New York (2009). This is Spencer Finch’s sixth solo exhibition at Galerie Nordenhake.