by Kyle Vanhemert, Wired Magazine, February 28, 2014
Artists have tried all sorts of strategies to get us to think more critically about the systems and spaces that govern the modern world. Roxy Paine’s approach was to carve them out of wood.
For Apparatus, a recent exhibition at the Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago, the New York-based artist created two striking dioramas–one of a space race-era control room, the other of a fast food restaurant–both made entirely of birch and maple.
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by Hayley Peterson, Business Insider Australia, February 22, 2014
Few people would find artistic inspiration inside a McDonald’s or a KFC.
But that’s exactly where New York artist Roxy Paine went for his latest installation featured in a Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago. The work, called Carcass, is a life-sized replica of a fast food joint, carved entirely out of birch wood.
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by Woodworkers Institute, Woodwork Institute, February 25, 2014
Apparatus, the exhibition by New York-based artist Roxy Paine, included large-scale dioramas of a fast-food restaurant and a control room made from hand-carved birch and maple.
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by Adele Peters, Fast Company, February 14, 2014
At first glance, every part of this amazingly detailed wooden sculpture by Roxy Paine looks like a perfect replica of a fast food restaurant. There’s everything from a drink dispenser with cups and lids to a deep fryer and a soft serve machine behind the counter. But as you look closer--if you’re observant--things start to look a little weird.
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by Kyle Macmillan, Chicago Sun-Times, February 07, 2014
While Cleve Carney might never have ranked among Chicago’s most elite art collectors, few, if any, topped his dedication to the pursuit. Because of his uncommon generosity, the Glen Ellyn philanthropist, who died in July, will not soon be forgotten.
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by Sumitra, Oddity Central, February 11, 2014
‘Carcass’ is an odd name for a kitchen, don’t you think? But this isn’t a regular kitchen we’re talking about. It’s a diorama on view at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago. This happens to be artist Roxy Paine’s first solo show, ‘Apparatus’. Carcass is the full-scale replica of a real fast-food kitchen that Roxy made entirely out of wood.
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by Cameron Simcik, Foodbeast, February 10, 2014
Fast food joints have many recognizable features, like deep fryers and soft drink dispensers. Chances are most customers don’t think of this as a beautiful scene, but artist Roxy Paine has transformed it into one. In fact, she’s given us an intimate view of a fast food kitchen through her wood-carved replica.
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by Daniela Walker, PSFK, February 10, 2014
For his now finished solo show, Apparatus, at the Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, artist Roxy Paine created large scale dioramas of environments that are normally brought to life by human interaction.
Carcass is the interiors of a fast food restaurant but without any of the traditional signifiers such as food, grease and signage, instead it is made entirely out of birch and maple wood. The soft serve machine, french fry tray and cash register all become wood still lives – lifeless without the bustle and color of a restaurant. Paine also made a wooden diorama of a control room.
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by Jesus Diaz, Sploid, February 05, 2014
Here's a really cool piece by Roxy Paine, part of his Apparatus exhibit: A full 1:1 scale (McDonald's?) burger kitchen entirely carved of birch and maple—all the way from the deep friers and the soft ice-cream machine to the french fries, soda cups and burger boxes. It's really amazingly well done.
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Juxtapoz, February 05, 2014
Artist Roxy Paine takes the concept of a diorama to a new level, creating life-size recreations of fast-food restaurants or a control room. Payne is inspired by environments that are meant to be activated by human interaction. This installation, titled Control Room, is hand-carved from birch wood, formed with steal, and finished with automotive paint.
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by Alexandra Klausner, The Daily Mail, February 05, 2014
One artist created an intricate model of a fast food restaurant entirely out of wood
Roxy Paine created the piece ‘Carcass’, an installation comprised of two large scale dioramas at the Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago. This is part of ‘Apparatus’, Paine’s first solo show in Chicago.
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by Christopher Jobson, Colossal, February 05, 2014
When first viewing this large diorama by Roxy Paine, you’re struck by the paradox of what you think you should be seeing and what is actually in front of you. It’s clear this is an expertly executed replica of a fast food restaurant counter complete with order screens, straw dispensers and a soft-serve ice cream machine; but devoid of flashy logos, food, or any other visual cues whatsoever, all that seems to remain is an empty shell—a carcass—carved entirely from birch and maple wood.
Titled Carcass, the installation was one of two large-scale dioramas on view at Kavi Gupta Gallery as part of Paine’s first solo show in Chicago, Apparatus.
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by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, Mlive, January 30, 2014
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is best known for its collection of work by Anthony Caro, Roxy Paine and Claes Oldenburg. But sculpture isn’t the only work in its collection of art ranging from Auguste Rodin and Mark di Suvero to Richard Serra and Dale Chihuly. Some of the most surprising work in Meijer Garden’s permanent collection is about to go on display for the very first time. “Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors,” with 40 works by 20 artists, opens Friday, Jan. 31.
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Ignant, January 30, 2014
With the project ‘Apparatus’ which contains the ‘Control Room’, Roxy Paine introduces a new chapter in his work, a series of large scale dioramas. Inspired by spaces and environments designed to be activated via human interaction, the dioramas present spaces and objects which are hand carved from birch and maple wood and formed from steel. Encased and frozen in time, void of human presence, they’re making their inherent function obsolete. The ‘Control Room’ is a stunning installation made out of wood, steel, automotive paint and glass worth visiting.
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by Fan Zhong, Wmagazine, January 28, 2014
Spaceships have landed in the art world. At the New Museum in New York, the art collective tranzit has transformed the fifth floor into a retro-futuristic space module where works from 117 artists, largely from Eastern Europe, are holding a lively cultural conversation. Meanwhile, at the Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago, artist Roxy Paine has built a large-scale diorama of a control room out of wood—a fabrication of a fabricated environment. Attention, Daft Punk: your new DJ booths are ready. (Please bring Pharrell. Stevie, too.)
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by D. Creahan, Art Observed, January 23, 2014
Chicago’s Kavi Gupta Gallery is currently showcasing an immense sculptural project by New York-based artist Roxy Paine, a series of sizable wooden dioramas, carved into uncanny models of an unnamed fast-food restaurant, and a control room, filled with switches, faders and television screens.
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PRWeb, January 16, 2014
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to introduce some of the most surprising works of the permanent collection in a special group exhibition, “Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors.” The exhibition features Meijer Garden’s growing collection of drawings and prints by sculptors, some relating to sculpture found in the permanent collection, while others reflect the sculptor’s body of work at large.
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by Brienne Walsh, ArtReview, December 2013
If you were asked to create a diorama that represents the social, political and economice conditions of twenty-first century America, what would you put it in? A white kid looking at an iPad hwile his Filipina nannny makes his bed? A group of methheads in the cereal isle of Walkmart? There is so much to cover, as so few ways to do so without being either superficial or offensive. In Apparatus, Roxy Paine does the task justice. Through two full-scale wooden dioramas of a control room (a composite of different kinds: air-traffic control, power plant, recording studio) and the interior of a fast-food restaurant, Paine evokes so much of what drives American society today- control, complacency, greed, excess, ignorance. He does so by replicating the sterile facades of the messy ( and some would say evil) web of systes that enable our comfortable lives. In presenting them here devoid of the human presence that would acivate them, and meticuously hand-carved out of birch and maple, Paine asks us to contemplate their true nature.
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by Anne Prentnieks, Artforum, December 12, 2013
For “Apparatus,” Roxy Paine’s debut solo exhibition in Chicago, the artist presents two large-scale, meticulous reproductions of a fast food restaurant and control room–artworks that explore the viewer’s unconscious recognition of familiar forms by rendering them in natural materials and as static installations. These works—respectively Carcass and Control Room (both 2013)—portray, through subtle details, systematized, conveyer-belt spaces that one recognizes as hyperfunctional: machines that reprocess processed food, screens that display data, the mechanical din of fluorescent lights.
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by Eileen Kinsella, Blouin ArtInfo, December 11, 2013
Last week, art fairs across Miami—from exhibition halls and Art Deco hotels in South Beach to expansive white tents in the city’s Wynwood Design District—saw very high levels of attendance and sales. The organizers of the anchor fair, Art Basel in Miami Beach, reported a seven-percent uptick in attendance, for a total of 75,000 visitors over five days, while satellite fairs also appeared to thrive.
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by Rob Wilkes, We Heart, November 05, 2013
Anyone who has dined in a well-known fast food restaurant and thought their food tasted remarkably like the box it came in will find a connection to Roxy Paine’s wooden replica Carcass – part of grand-scale two part installation, Apparatus – although that would be missing the New York artist’s point a bit. Not a critique on the merits of franchised French fries, Paine’s large scale diorama is more a meditation on the obsolescence of functional objects when human interaction is removed.
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by Rachel Miller, Baylor, November 01, 2013
The Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University welcomes internationally renowned sculptor Roxy Paine and acclaimed art critic Jason Edward Kaufman as they speak at its annual lecture on Tuesday Nov. 5, which features distinguished art historians and scholars from the United States and abroad.
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by Nick Remsen, Style.com, October 30, 2013
It was Sicily in Soho last night, with Dolce & Gabbana underwriting the 19th annual Artwalk NY soirée, benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless. A transformed Mercer Street space—cavernous, hot, chock-full of glittering donated art that could be had for a steal if you got lucky—saw a lot of the Italian label’s ornate frocks. “It’s a little heavy,” said Hilary Rhoda of her bejeweled sanguine shift, “but it’s just so fun to wear.” Pretty fashion things aside, the party raised a huge amount of money for the coalition, a particularly resonant cause given the anniversary of a certain superstorm. Mid-evening, Bettina Prentice giddily let on, “You guys, we’re almost at a million dollars!”
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by Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, October 25, 2013
If you haven’t quite wrapped your head around the concept of 3-D printing, or haven’t yet had a digital scanner wrap itself around you, now you can do both in “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,” at the Museum of Arts and Design. The technologies in this survey of computer-assisted art, architecture and design may not be entirely new; the Museum of Modern Art’s 2008 exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” covered much the same territory and included some of the same artists and projects. But these tools are becoming more pervasive in both art and life, making this a good time for the uninitiated to get up to speed.
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by Betsy Morais, The New Yorker, October 23, 2013
The other day, the Museum of Arts and Design held a science fair of sorts to introduce a new exhibition called “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.” All of the art on display was created with the help of computers; artists stood beside their projects, happy to split the credit for their work with machines. The show’s curator, Ronald Labaco, addressed the crowd gathered around a tall nude sculpture by Richard Dupont, who collected data about his body using a 3-D scanner in order to render a pixelated-looking figure made of pigmented cast-polyurethane resin. “I’m here to tell you the digital revolution is over, and it has now become commonplace,” Labaco declared. Whispered gasps could be heard. The gallery walls were painted black, and most in the room wore the same color, giving the space a futuristic mood: H&M meets Starship Enterprise.
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by Alex Garkavenko, Architizer, October 23, 2013
“I just want to start off: how many of you feel that there is a digital revolution? Or think that digitalization is revolutionary?”
A multitude of hands creep into the air. “Okay, many of you,” Ronald T. Labaco says as he surveys the crowd at this early-morning preview for his latest exhibition, “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,” which runs through July 6. 2014, at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.
“Well, I’m curious whether the revolution is over and is now part of our everyday culture,” he continues. “That is has become so commonplace, that technology is no longer considered for it’s innovative nature in and of itself, but as a tool for furthering creativity.”
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by Robert Dluzen, Visual Art Source, October 19, 2013
Kavi Gupta christens its second Chicago location, a cavernous space on Elizabeth Street, with “Apparatus,” Roxy Paine’s first solo exhibition in Chicago featuring his latest artistic venture: large scale dioramas. Here, there are only two. “Carcass” is a bare replica of a fast food restaurant counter, and “Control Room” is a re-creation of what the title suggests, painted with a few shades of gray.
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by Andreas Mueller, Superfuture, October 18, 2013
roxy paine is an american artist based in new york city. educated at the santa fe university of art and design and the pratt institute, paine's work has challenged the perception of visual language and how it affects the understanding of our environments since the very beginning of his career. the artist focuses on objects and their fabrication, and aims to trigger a different kind of perception - or understanding if you will - of the visual, and ulteriorly, of our reality.
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Broadway World, October 15, 2013
Exploring the latest trends in digital fabrication, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design is the first in-depth survey dedicated to exploring the impact of computer-asisted methods of production on contemporary art, architecture, and design. On view today, October 15, 2013, through July 6, 2014, this landmark exhibition brings together more than 120 works of sculpture, jewelry, fashion, and furniture by 85 artists, architects, and designers from 20 countries to examine how new technologies are pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and creation. The cutting-edge works highlighted in the exhibition demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between art and technological innovation as well as materials and new techniques-an area of exploration that has long been at the core of MAD's mission and curatorial program.
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by L. Kent Wolgamott, The Journal Star, October 12, 2013
The striking juxtaposition of size and subject captures the essence of the Sheldon Museum of Art exhibition that looks at surrealism not as an art movement or individual pieces of work, but as a way of arranging and viewing objects.
“It isn’t about surrealism proper, but the spirit and tendencies that fed into surrealism and issue out of it,” said Sheldon director Jorge Daniel Veneciano, who put together the show from Sheldon’s collection and holdings of area collectors. “It’s really mixing objects together so the show itself becomes surreal.”
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by Roberta Smith, The New York Times, October 11, 2013
This week brings an ambitious show that should be required viewing for anyone who is curious — and that should be everyone — about the ways digitalization affects, facilitates, improves, inspires and sometimes ruins various forms of visual culture. “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” which opens on Tuesday at the Museum of Arts and Design, will present the efforts of some 80 architects, designers and artists from 20 countries, with the designers in the majority. Presenting digital-dependent work from the last decade, displays will run the gamut from life-changing (if not saving) to frivolous, among them dinnerware, sports shoes, furnishings, clothing, buildings and various forms of three-dimensional art. Those represented include Bathsheba Grossman, Greg Lynn, Marc Newson, Magnus Larsson, Roxy Paine, Frank Stella, Zaha Hadid and J. Mayer H. Architects (whose seemingly astounding Metropol Parasol, completed in 2011, spans a plaza in the old quarter of Seville, Spain).
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by Jason Foumberg, ChicagoMag, October 08, 2013
KAVI GUPTA GALLERY Critic’s Pick
Through 10/20 Roxy Paine: Apparatus. The sculptor Roxy Paine fills the 8,000-square-foot gallery with realistic dioramas of a nuclear plant’s control center and a fast-food restaurant, circa 1990. 219 N Elizabeth. kavigupta.com.
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by Leslie Millar, Blog@KMAC, September 25, 2013
The recent Donors’ Circle trip to EXPO Chicago was inspiring and stimulating. It was quite extraordinary to get personal home tours from esteemed art collectors, private viewings of new gallery exhibitions, invitation-only after parties and all the contemporary art Chicago’s Navy Pier could handle.
KMAC Donors’ Circle member Leslie Millar wrote a brief synopsis of the week-end in case you couldn’t join us.
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by Brian Boucher, Art in America, September 23, 2013
"I'll tell you what distinguishes this year from last year," Expo Chicago director Tony Karman told A.i.A. at the fair's sophomore outing on Saturday, "and I'll tell you in one word—sales. It was very important that big dealers like David Zwirner and Marianne Boesky do well, and they have."
Featuring over 120 international galleries at the capacious Navy Piers (up from 100 last year), with views of Lake Michigan, Expo Chicago (Sept. 19-22) represented dealers from 17 countries and 36 cities. Some were returning, like Zwirner (New York and London), Matthew Marks (New York and Los Angeles), and Kavi Gupta (Chicago and Berlin). There were also many first-timers, including Marianne Boesky (New York), Cabinet (London), Massimo de Carlo (Milan and London) and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
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by Kimberly Chou, The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2013
Brooklynites of all stripes were in the house Wednesday night at Brooklyn Museum’s annual Brooklyn Artists Ball. This year’s benefit was emphatically homegrown, celebrating artists who live and work in the borough. Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu and Roxy Paine were the evening’s artist honorees. They were recipients of the Asher B. Durand Award, named for the artist who in 1855 painted the first piece to join the museum’s collection.
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by April Siese, 110 Ft. Sculpture Approved For Yerba Buena Central Subway Station, April 03, 2013
The Central Subway Yerba Buena/Moscone Station is about to get a little lovelier for its slated 2019 opening thanks to a proposed 110′ stainless steel sculpture.
The SF Arts Commission voted Monday to approve the $1.5 million “dendroid” simply entitled “Node” by sculptor Roxy Paine. The piece tapers from a 48″ diameter at its base to 1/4″ at its peak.
According to the sculpture proposal, “Node is a distillation of a notion of growth, striving, and aspiration, into an essential meandering, searching form, but on a massive scale.”
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by Brock Keeling, SFist, April 2, 2013
Paine is known in art circles for his large-scale stainless steel tree-like sculptures. (Check out his work here, here, here, and here.) This proposed sculpture will be located in a public plaza in front of the Central Subway Yerba Buena/Moscone Station at 4th and Clementina streets.
Specifics? "The 110-foot-tall curvilinear sculpture will taper from a diameter of 48 inches at the base to ¼ inch at the peak," notes the SF Arts Commission, adding, "Titled Node, the sculpture is described by the artist as a growth that emerges from a confluence of underground manmade systems that are the lifeline for the city."
Node's big reveal will coincide with the opening of the Central Subway way down in 2019. If you don't like it, you have more than enough time to move to Orinda where you belong.
Speaking of public art in San Francisco, we cannot recommend Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change rabidly enough. The recent release chronicles public art in the city from 1932-2013, boasting a slew of photos and insight on some of your favorite (and not so favorite) art that you see on a daily basis. A must for any San Franciscan. Buy it here.
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by Christian Viveros-Fauné
I. The Studio Visit and the Cheat Sheet
Here’s a few super-concentrated ideas Roxy Paine tossed my way—in the form of a neatly folded sheet of paper—as I prepared to write this essay about his most recent eye-opening, mind-boggling sculptures.
His printed notations began thusly: “The translation between entities—between modes of thought/between languages of thought/between material languages/between processes and systems.” A gnomic set of pronouncements that matched up neatly with a few other favorite concepts I’d heard Paine talk about in his Long Island City, Queens, studio, these observations stuck to his Natural History Museum-scale dioramas like a stack of invisible Post-It Notes.