|THE LIGHT THAT FAILED
FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH, 6:00 - 9:00PM
JUNE 15 - JULY 21, 2012
Romer Young Gallery is proud to present The Light that Failed, a new solo exhibition by New York- based artist Deric Carner. In an ambitious departure from the works-on-paper that characterized Carner’s past two solo exhibitions with the gallery (2008, 2010), The Light that Failed incorporates painting, c-prints, sound and sculptural elements in an associative installation that blurs cinematic storylines and real-life narratives dealing with themes of inspiration, melancholia and transformation.
Taking its name from the Rudyard Kipling novel, and subsequent film starring Ida Lupino, the exhibition traces a slippage of intertextual relations, engaging viewers to look through one subject into another. In Kipling's novel, a former war correspondent finds success as genre artist, and is laboring to finish what is meant to be his great masterwork—a painting entitled Melancolia—as he is slowly consumed by blindness. The exhibition cross-references imagery related to the film, with Dürer's Melancolia I etching and physique model Gordon Scott's star text, forming an arc from enlightenment and alchemy to colonialism, bodybuilding and fame.
Deric Carner (b. Arlington, Virginia, USA, 1975; lives in New York) received an MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, 2005; with a concurrent MA from the University of Plymouth, UK, 2005, and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz, 1998. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions including: Telefone Sem Fio, The Word-Things of Augusto de Campos Revisited, EFA Project Space, New York, 2011; Repetition Island, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010; Range Rover, Louis V.E.S.P., Brooklyn, 2010; Exercises In Seeing, Queens Nails Projects, San Francisco, 2009; and Hypnotic Show, Artists Space, New York, 2009. Carner received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2009.
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