The Return of the End of New York: Paintings and Films by Nick Zedd with works by John O'Grodnick
The Return of the End of New York:
Paintings and Films by Nick Zedd
with works by John O'Grodnick
April 25 – 26
presented by Microscope Gallery with Millennium Film Workshop
at Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery #104
Opening Friday April 25, 6-9 PM
Screening Saturday April 26, 7 PM
Microscope Gallery is very pleased to present along with Millennium Film Workshop The Return of the End of New York: Paintings by Nick Zedd with works byJohn O’Grodnick a two-day exhibition opening on Friday April 25th, taking place during a brief return to New York City by the legendary founder of the Cinema of Transgression movement from Mexico City where he now lives. With The Return of the End of New York, Zedd debuts new and recent additions to his ongoing Entities series, a series first shown in a solo show at Microscope in 2011. The oil on canvas circular works are manifestations of the artist’s “Theory of Xenomorphosis”, which posits the possibility of a super-evolutionary process leading to mutation through the injection of an alien genetic code.
A series of 2 x 3 inch oil paintings made both as a technical challenge and to explore more explicit imagery will be premiered. The miniature works can also be seen as an exercise in economy undermining the hegemony of size. Additionally, several paintings by Bronx street artist John O’Grodnick, whose work Zedd became acquainted with earlier this year, will also be on view.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a program of Nick Zedd’s classic underground films Police State (1987), Why Do You Exist (1998), Ecstasy in Entrophy (1999) will be screened in original 16mm on Saturday April 26 at 7pm. Additional information about the screening is available at www.microscopegallery.com &
NICK ZEDD is a film-maker, painter, writer, actor, political satirist, and a leading figure of the Lower East Side cinematic revolution, the Cinema of Transgression – a term he coined in a manifesto proclaiming “a new generation of filmmakers daring to rip off the stifling straight jackets of film theory in a direct attack on every value system known to man.” Zedd’s provocative, humorous, yet often intensely beautiful films have transcended their cult origins to influence mainstream culture from music videos to John Waters and Quentin Tarantino, who even refers to him in Pulp Fiction. Throughout the years, he has collaborated with Lower East Side artists including Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Kembra Pfahler, Lung Leg, Annie Sprinkle, Taylor Mead, Reverend Jen (Electra Elf public access tv series), and others. Zedd’s works have been shown world-wide and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
The Return of the End of New York: Paintings and Films by Nick Zedd with works by John O’Grodnick is presented by Microscope Gallery with Millennium Film Workshop at:
Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237.
Gallery Hours: April 25 6-9pm (opening reception) and April 26th noon-6pm, with screening at7pm.