press release

This spring, the Bell Gallery presents the group exhibition Urban Landscapes…emancipation and nostalgia...featuring works by British artist Catherine Yass, New York-based artist Sze Tsung Leong, and German artist Sabrine Hornig.

The underlying theme of the exhibition is the transformative character of urban landscapes, involving both physical destruction and construction, and a feeling of emancipation and nostalgia. The featured works include Catherine Yass's film installation Lock shot at the Three Gorges Dam in China; large color photographs by Sze Tsung Leong from his History Images and Horizon series, which capture dramatic changes in urban settings in China; and Sabine Hornig’s pieces Tin Hut and Landscape that merge photography and sculpture and portray the architecture of the city (in this case Berlin) with its waste and beauty. Conceptually, the works touch on the historical moment of the present, referring to both industrial growth and the decay of our environments, while aesthetically they share a sense of luminosity and timelessness, or in other words, psychology of space.

Catherine Yass was born in London, graduated from the capital’s Slade School of Art and completed an MA at Goldsmiths College in 1990. She has exhibited widely in museums and galleries worldwide, including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London; Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin; Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney; and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In 2001, she represented Britain at the 10th Indian Triennale, where she was awarded for her portraits of Bollywood stars and Mumbai cinema houses. She was short-listed in 2002 for the Turner Prize, organized by Tate London. In 2003, the Brooklyn Academy of Music premiered Split Sides, a collaboration between Yass, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and musicians Radiohead and Sigur Rós. In spring 2007, the Jewish Museum in New York is presenting Yass’ film Wall, as part of the group exhibition Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art.

Sze Tsung Leong was born in Mexico City in 1970, and currently lives and works in New York. He holds an MFA from Harvard University. His work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography and Artists Space in New York; the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan. His work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Leong is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. His book History Images was published in 2006 by Steidl.

Sabine Hornig lives and works in Berlin. She holds a BFA and an MFA from HdK Berlin. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, most currently at the Bass Art Museum in Miami, as a part of a group show Constructing New Berlin. Other recent exhibitions include the Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon; the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection in Miami; the Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo in Spain; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Urban Landscapes ... emancipation and nostalgia
Catherine Yass, Sze Tsung Leong, Sabine Horning