Ildiko Butler Gallery / Lipani Gallery / Hayden Hartnett Project Space
Steve DiBenedetto
Five Elements
2010
oil on canvas
48 x 60 inTom McGrath
Where You Stand, 2011
Oil and spray enamel on canvas over panel
84 x 74 in / 213.4 x 177.8 cmJackie Saccoccio
Portrait (Sweetie), 2012
54 x 64 inches 
oil and mica on linenJackie SaccoccioMarcy Rosenblat
White Light
Pigment and silica medium on canvas
16 x 16 inchesJanet Gillespie,  Untitled, oil on panel, 32" x 40", 2008Mary Carlson, "Chat", 2008, 6 x 3 x 3 inches, porcelain JUSTIN BERRY
CROWSVILLE, 2012
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH
20 X 16 INCHES 
COURTESY INTERSTATE PROJECTS GALLERY, NY
JARED HANDELSMAN
SPEEDING DOWN HEARTS CONTENT ROAD AT MIDNIGHT, 2004
CAR-HEADLIGHT-EXPOSED PHOTOGRAM,SILVER EMULSION PRINT, 54 X40 INCHES 
FRANKLIN EVANS
EYESONTHEEDGE, 2012 , INSTALLATION VIEW, COURTESY SUE SCOTT GALLERY, NMICHELLE KLOEHN
UNTITLED 2012
TINTYPE
5 X 7 INCHES
Marsha Cottrell
Hitherto Unknown Lights 2, 2012
Iron oxide on mulberry paper
53 3/4" x 81 3/8"LAURA NEWMAN
VIEWING PLATFORM 2011
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
22 X 30 INCHES
JOEL LONGENECKER
Untitled,  oil on canvas, 36" x 33", 2012Ann Pibal
GNLS , 2011
acrylic on aluminum panel,  12.5 x 17.5"Ann Pibal
MTMN_2011_
acrylic on aluminum panel
13.75x19.25 inchesKaterina Lanfranco
Heart of the Matter
oil on canvas, 22 x 16 inchesMorgan O'Hara
SHAPE OF DISCOURSE: AMIRI BARAKA READING HIS POETRY IN MILANO POESIA
Ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Rockslide Sky
Curated by Carleen Sheehan

The Center Gallery and the Lipani Gallery
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
October 1 – November 5, 2012
Opening October 4, 6–8

Press: New York Times, Thursday September 20, 2012

Writer Roberto Bolaño’s story, Gomez Palacio, describes a young poet sent to teach for the Mexican Arts Council in a desert town in the northern state of Durango. Viewed on a map, the town is literally in the middle of nowhere, and the narrator, an exiled young writer from Pinochet’s Chile, is, at 23 years old, adrift and world-weary. This is a story where very little happens, yet everything does. Bolano describes a world where the mundane spawns the beautiful, where color is palpable, where an enigmatic emptiness pervades yet manages to provide strange respite.

Key colors in Gomez Palacio are a long, sky blue car, yellow hills described as pure light-- and possibly eternity--, a night sky that descends like a gray wall, and a green, spectral light that appears when passing car headlights rake the desert floor at night. There is also mention of a sky that looks like a rockslide settling over the town.

Bolaño writes as an aggregator, gathering, collating and finally distilling factual information into lucid bits of confounding beauty. Things that shouldn’t add up, do, and much falls by the wayside, or, as the narrator says, is “unlikely, like most things in this story”. Critic Pauline Font writes in her NY Times review that “the aura of mystery and melancholy Bolaño create(s) in Gomez Palacio)…is a sort of microclimate reminiscent of Kafka,…a weather that obliterate(s) everything outside the story”.

The artists in this exhibition all touch on aspects of the narrative in compelling ways, bringing visual impact and tangential experience to the space evoked by the written word. In a sense this exhibition is a visual collaboration with Roberto Bolaño, conjuring and collaging visual accomplices to his words.

ROCKSLIDE SKY / ARTISTS LIST

Justin Berry
Mary Carlson
Marsha Cottrell
Steve Di Bennedetto
Franklin Evans
Janet Gillespie
Jared Handelsman
Michelle Kloehn
Katerina Lanfranco
Joel Longenecker
Tom McGrath
Laura Newman
Morgan O’Hara
Ann Pibal
Marcy Rosenblat
Jackie Saccoccio
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