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Opening September 13th & 14th, 2008 Artist Reception Sunday September 14th at 4:00pm

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the fall exhibition opening of Origins on Saturday September 13th, 2008 with a reception on Sunday September 14th at 4:00pm. Origins will occupy the 10,000 square-foot main gallery space at the HVCCA with several of the participating artists producing projects specifically for the exhibition. On view through Sunday July 26th, 2009.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION The artists in Origins approach the use of primal materials such as clay, fiber, wood, aluminum, stone, and soil, as mediums that have arrived in the present day with a tremendous amount of tradition attached to them. Handcrafted qualities and personal sensibilities are emphasized as well as work that addresses the value and beauty of our diverse ecology and its fragility. There is a reverential simplicity to the use of some materials as with artists such as Andre, Heizer, Long, Laib, and Schneider, where there is little or no embellishment of stone, wood etc. There is also a focus on the human figure as a locus of expressive possibilities: Bhabha, Bourgeois, Landau, Mendieta, Silver, Smith and others. Whether metaphorically presented or disfigured, shrouded, or animated, the body is offered as a spiritual totem, a monument to corporeal identity.

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Künstler: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Carl Andre, Huma Bhabha, Ashley Bickerton, Bruce Bickford, Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Nathalie Djurberg, Ann Hamilton, Michael Heizer, Zhang Huan, Anselm Kiefer, Brian Knep, Danielle Kraay, Wolfgang Laib, Sigalit Landau, Richard Long, Ana Mendieta, Cady Noland, Giuseppe Penone, Rona Pondick, Martin Puryear, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Gregor Schneider, Daniel Silver, Kiki Smith, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Rebecca Warren, Franz West, Daisy Youngblood