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Ricci Albenda                                    Chris Burden
Wall Etchings                                     Bridges
June 30 - August 13, 2011

The Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show featuring works by New York-based artist Ricci Albenda and Los Angeles-based Chris Burden. 

The show seeks simply to exhibit two artists who work with ideas of spatial perception - simultaneously “real” and imaginary.  Ricci Albenda’s architectural installations present fictive visual spaces –annexes of the room in which a viewer stands that in some cases spin (almost imperceptibly slowly) or stretch and break the interior horizon.   Mathematically and spatially determined, the horizon moves in and out of “rooms” and spaces – expanding and bending the relation of the perception of the body of the viewer.  

Chris Burden’s bridge works operate in a similar way, exploring the contrast between the factual and its artistic twin - underscoring the inherent relationship between art and reality - and our spatial relationship with objects in the world and in the gallery. 

Ricci Albenda has shown extensively in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Rachofsky Foundation in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Institiute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Site Santa Fe, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, and the New Museum in New York.  Internationally he has exhibited at museums and galleries including the Institute of Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, in Torino, Italy, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, (S.M.A.K) in Gent, Belgium, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art. 

Chris Burden is represented by Gagosian Gallery and has had major retrospectives at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, and MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.  His work was featured in the 48th Venice Biennale, and the Tate Gallery in London.  In 2008 a 65-foot-tall skyscraper made of Erector set parts, titled What My Dad Gave Me, stood in front of Rockefeller Center, New York City.