Visual Arts Program

Saturday, November 9 — Friday, December 20

Jacob Kassay

Iris Sphincter

Jacob Kassay's work has long been invested in perceptual issues and with the work's interaction with both viewer and surroundings. His silver paintings, created using an electro-plating technique, presented surfaces that toyed with a sense of both presence and absence reflected a version of their surroundings while also containing an oscillation of colors. For an exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Kassay impressed the underside of a stairway handrail with the Braille rendition of the letter H as a means of representing another perceptual iteration of the sensation of climbing the stairs. His work Jerks depicted pedestals that appeared to offer common household items on a series of pedestals, though the pedestals had no surface and the objects themselves hovered in space, evoking a pseudo-magical quality to their quotidian nature.

For Iris Sphincter, Kassay will present a series of works on OSB (Oriented Strand Board) that refer to the render or draw distance —in video games —where frames per second are "experienced" by both the gamer and first person character being played. The strands in Kassay's works that are closest to the surface —stand-ins for pixelated materials —are photographed and reprinted atop the subject/substrate. The actual and the depicted are collapsed onto a single plane in a process that will produce a schismatic appearance. It may never be clear to the viewer if there is an optimal position from which the works will come into focus, if there is an optimal draw distance or footage from which all will be resolved. Kassay is here using common building materials (as he has in the past) to undermine perceptual expectations.

Jacob Kassay was born in 1984 in Lewiston, New York. Past solo presentations have been held at the Albright Knox Art Gallery (curated by Cathleen Chaffee), The Kitchen, New York; and The Power Station, Dallas; and the ICA in London. He has been included in group exhibitions at The CCA Wattis Center for Contemporary Arts; Secession, Vienna; and MoMA PS1, New York. Kassay's work was part of the 8th Gwangju Biennale (curated by Massimiliano Gioni). Kassay lives and works in New York.