CTRL group two (April 13 - May 19, 2012)

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press release

In April 2007, Bryan Miller Gallery opened (as CTRL gallery) with an exhibition titled CTRL group one. Today we are pleased to present CTRL group two, an exhibition marking the gallery's five-year anniversary. This exhibition, alternately titled Cut and Hung, includes artists that conform to a simple set of parameters, they are all men and they all work with photographic collage in one way or another.

This idea for a show actually has some precedent in the gallery’s exhibition history. Our third show, To the Left, included only female Asian artists. Despite it's unorthodox premise, it was a first-rate exhibition and was named one of the Top Ten Gallery Shows worldwide in the “2008 Asia Art Pacific Almanac”. To the Left coincided with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition Red Hot - Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection.

CTRL group two also coincides with an exhibition at the MFAH. Curated by Yasufumi Nakamori, Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage, is a sprawling yet contained museum show that explores the rich history of cutting and collaging photography. CTRL group two includes several of the same artists as Utopia/Dystopia (Josh Bernstein, Heimir Björgúlfsson, David Dupuis), though with a much narrower focus.

Instead of encompassing the broad arc of human history and endeavor, CTRL group two contemplates the more interior conditions of life. From David Dupuis’ visual poems of desire to Heimir Björgúlfsson’s idiosyncratic visions of nature, the works in this exhibition all have an intimate and personal quality. Both Josh Bernstein and Jang Soon Im reimagine historical events by inserting themselves into imagined scenarios. Matthew Stone’s photo-collages depict intimately intertwined bodies, their movements mimicked by the physicality of their sculptural support. Javier Piñon creates personal mythologies, telling stories that seem to draw from his innermost imaginings. And Jonesy’s collage-based video animation works are psychedelic, libidinal odes to love.

Josh Bernstein lives and works in Houston, TX. He studied art at Amherst College and Brandeis University and received his MFA from Rutgers University.

Heimir Björgúlfsson lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his MFA at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, his BFA at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam.

David Dupuis lives and works in New York City. He received his BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dupuis is represented by Derek Eller, New York.

Jang soon Im lives and works in Houston and is currently a resident at the MFAH’s Core Program. He received his MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago and his BFA at Seoul National University.

Jonesy lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in photography from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. Jonesy’s work was recently exhibited at the Hammer Museum, LA.

Javier Piñon lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MAT at the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA at UT, Austin. Piñon is represented by ZieherSmith, New York.

Matthew Stone lives and works in London. He received his BA in painting at the University of the Arts, London. He is represented by UNION Gallery, London and had a recent solo exhibition at The Hole, NYC.