Spencer Finch

Public Art Fund Talks at The New School Wed 16 Nov 2016 6.30PM-8.00PM The New School, 12th Street Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York City
$10 admission; free to all students and The New School faculty, staff, and alumni with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased on the day of each talk but we recommend purchasing in advance.
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At the core of Spencer Finch's practice is an ongoing investigation into the nature of light, color, memory, and perception. By utilizing a range of media from painting, drawing, photography, and installation, Finch transforms his own observations of a particular time or place into form. With both a scientific approach to gathering data and a true poetic sensibility, Finch's installations lie between the objective investigations of science and the subjectivity of perception and lived experience, endowing his work with a melancholy that comes from what Finch describes as "the impossible desire to see oneself seeing."

His talk accompanies Public Art Fund's ambitious new exhibition Lost Man Creek, which embodies Finch's poetic sensibility and investigation into nature's power to awe and inspire. The installation, a 1:100 scale living recreation of a 920-acre section of the Redwood National Park in California, will be installed at MetroTech Commons for two years.

Finch's talk at the New School will focus on the artist's various public and large-scale installations like A Certain Slant of Light (2014-15), a site-specific installation at the Morgan Library inspired by its collection of medieval Books of Hours; Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning (2014), a commission for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum composed of 2,983 individual watercolors representing the artist's recollection of the sky on September 11, 2001; Painting Air (2012), an installation of more than 100 panels of suspended glass inspired by the colors of Claude Monet's garden at Giverny; and The River That Flows Both Ways (2009), a permanent installation on New York's High Line featuring an existing series of windows which Finch transformed with 700 individual panes of glass representing the water conditions on the Hudson River over 700 minutes in a single day.
Spencer Finch (b. 1962, New Haven, Connecticut) lives and works in Brooklyn. Having exhibited extensively internationally, his solo shows and projects include Ulysses, Marfa Contemporary, Texas (2014); Colour/Temperature, Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (2014); Spencer Finch: Yellow, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (2014); A Certain Slant of Light, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (2014); The Skies can't keep their secret, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2014); Painting Air, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI (2012); Lunar, The Art Institute of Chicago (2011); Rome, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2011); Between the light - and me, Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA (2011); My Business, With the Cloud, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2010); Evening Star, Pallant House, Chichester, UK (2010); Between The Moon and The Sea, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France (2010); As if the sea should part and show a further sea, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2009). He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions including Light and Landscape, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York (2012); NEON, La material luminosa dell'arte, MACRO, Rome (2012); More Light, Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands (2011); Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Making Worlds: 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2009); 50 Moons of Saturn, Turin Triennial (2008); Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Work from the Collection, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. (2007); Light Art from Artificial Light, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany (2005); and Colour After Klein, Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005). His work can be found in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY. Spencer Finch is represented by James Cohan Gallery in New York, and Lisson Gallery in London.

Public Art Fund Talks at The New School feature internationally-renowned artists who offer their insights into art and its personal, social, and cultural contexts. This joint initiative between Public Art Fund and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics conceives of New York City's urban environment as a university campus, an artist's studio, as well as an evolving commons. PAF's commitment to art in the public realm and the VLC's embrace of art as political expression encourage a dynamic platform for artists to reflect on their practice and to offer a new understanding about the changing nature of public space today.

Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.

This program is made possible in part by Con Edison and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The event is also made possible, in part, with support from the Advisory Committee of the Vera List Center.