Carver Audain Countervail
1329 Willoughby Avenue, #2B, Brooklyn, New York
March 31 – May 7, 2017
Microscope Gallery is very pleased to present countervail the first solo exhibition in New York of works by Carver Audain. With new and recent mixed-media on canvas, installations, single-channel video and other works that incorporate broken eggs, mirrors, glass, and wind-beaten US flags among their materials, Audain focuses on the forces countering dominant cultural and sociopolitical narratives to suggest the inherent fragility of institutions, organizations and other structures.
A new series “big break” of mixed-media on canvas works presents cracked eggs against painted or gessoed black or white backgrounds as literal interpretations of the idiom of their titles. Perfect and imperfect configurations of egg yolk and egg whites suggest the differences in the ways hopes and aspirations are defined, measured, accessed and commodified.
Installations built with mirror or glass sheets, sand, and styrofoam wig mannequins – including a sound installation equipped with a binaural mic amplifying the visitor’s footsteps and voices – challenge the viewer to assume greater self-awareness of their identity, actions, and physical presence within the spaces they occupy.
Among other works on view is the title piece countervail, a 52-minute silent video featuring individual flags weathering under the elements.
Carver Audain is an artist primarily working with sound, installation, and mixed-media. In 2016, his work was featured in solo shows at PSSST, Los Angeles, Rosewald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia and group exhibitions at Knockdown Center in New York. He was the first recipient of Issue Project Room’s “Emerging Artists Commission” courtesy of the Greenwall Foundation and also received Roulette’s “Emerging Artist’s Commission” funded by the Jerome Foundation. He has performed solo compositions at Issue Project Room, Roulette, Eyebeam, Outpost Artist Resources, Fridman Gallery in New York, among others. His works have been broadcast on WFMU, Clocktower Radio, Wavefarm as well as on stations in Germany, France and Slovenia. Grants include a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and the Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Council of the Arts/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Audain lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.