[New York] GHOSTMACHINE Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Four Minutes in the Past featuring New York based artists Noa Charuvi, Zac Hacmon, Joseph Moore and Sam Sherman.
Four Minutes in the Past examines patterns related to confinement, resistance, memory, and reimagining. Four artists confront their own inaccessibility and resistance to being controlled, reevaluating their relationships with the past, present, and their surroundings. Through installation, sculpture, painting and video, they present reinterpretations of the contemporary sociopolitical climate.
Noa Charuvi, explores the different stages of the built environment, from inception to decay. In Atlit Beach, Charuvi retraces her memory from a trip to Atlit, a town on the northern coast of Israel. She explores the ruins of the famous Crusader castle which has stood since 1218 and is currently part of a military base remaining inaccessible to the public. In her painting, the portrayed large objects, seemingly abandoned, lying in the landscape without a clear purpose, evoke the artist’s longing for access to the off-limits site.
Zac Hacmon’s sculpture, Patterns of Resistance demarcates the space designated for an individual–as an unconventional area that defies human occupation. The architectural structure’s duality is manifested while traversing its boundaries provoking contemplation on the concepts of confinement and freedom. Covered with white ceramic tiles, some of which depict a burning tire, Hacmon subverts colonial imposition often associated with azulejos, a symbol used to enforce culture. In this sculpture, the flaming tire symbolizes people in action and protest. In Aurora, the red light alludes to an exit sign that adheres to the safety regulations and restrictions of society. By replacing the “exit” text with a void, this element evokes the absent exit both as authorization and prohibition.
Joseph Moore presents a site-specific, interactive video installation based on delayed video feeds from the gallery. The title Four Cameras 132x162.5x127 refers to the dimensions of the space. Moore not only manipulates time and space but also disturbs the viewers' experience by turning them into subjects and exposing behavioral patterns. The work comprises three networked security cameras streaming their footage to a single screen. The camera feeds are delayed by varying durations: 3 seconds, 2 minutes, and 10 minutes, and are displayed one at a time in a continuous cycle observing the exhibition space, each with a differing focal length, ranging from wide-angle to telephoto.
Sam Sherman creates a hybrid image in the painting Ya-Hooo! by utilizing the languages of glitch and barcode. He juxtaposes three different images: a photo of the garden behind the house where he lives, a Mountain Dew advertisement, and a still image from Fox News (depicting a night vision view of a battlefield seen through binoculars). Within the painting, these aspects interrupt one another, reflecting on the way we assimilate information and construct a conflicted understanding of history and the present. Today’s News: April 12, 2022 is an 11-hour video that chronologically aggregates the news tickers from CNN’s live stream on April 12, 2022, during the early stages of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The audio is a blend of the voices of numerous newscasters, reporters, pundits, and advertisers, merging into incoherent white noise. Sherman data collection ignites the urgency hidden within media consumption, calling attention to the current global crisis.
Noa Charuvi, born in Israel and based in New York City, Charuvi holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a BFA in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Charuvi received The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant for 2018-19. Residency programs she attended include Art Omi International Artists Residency in Ghent, NY, Yaddo artist colony in Saratoga Springs, NY, and The Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in Manhattan. Her work was exhibited internationally in venues such as The Bronx Museum of The Arts (New York); Haifa Museum of Art; Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod (Israel). Publications include "Landscape Painting Now,” an anthology of contemporary painters published by D.A.P and Thames & Hudson. In 2013 Charuvi co-curated the exhibition “Fragile Territories” in Brooklyn, NY, with support from the Foundation of Contemporary Art.
Zac Hacmon is a sculptor and installation artist based in New York. He has recently exhibited at the Locust Projects, Miami (FL); the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel); Smack Mellon Gallery (NY); Meet Factory Gallery (Czech Republic); Artsonje Center (South Korea); The MAC, Belfast (Ireland); Hunter East Harlem Gallery (NY); Jack Shainman Gallery (NY). Hacmon has had residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (NE), the Fountainhead, Miami (FL), LMCC Workspace program (LMCC), Salem Art Works (NY), MeetFactory Studio (Czech Republic), MMCA National Art Studio, Seoul (South Korea). He has received the 2021 LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, the 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture, the FCA Arts Emergency Grant, the Santo Foundation Individual Artist Award 2019, the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation Visual Project Grant 2019. Hacmon received an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Israel).
Joseph Moore is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New York. His conceptual practice utilizes a variety of techniques and media, from photography to video to computer-based networks. His recent work investigates photography’s relationship to the non-human, labor, and temporality. His work has been exhibited in venues such as Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; MH Project, NY, NY; WORM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY; Arebyte, London, England; The New Museum, NY, NY; and is found in such collections as The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell. He received his B.F.A. from The Atlanta College of Art and his M.F.A. from Bennington College.
Sam Sherman is an artist based in New York working in painting, printmaking, and video from vernacular sources including VHS tapes, found photography, and digital recordings. He was artist-in-residence at Silver Art Projects, Chautauqua Institution, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Sherman has exhibited at numerous venues including the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY; Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY; Long Story Short, New York, NY; the Border Project Space, Brooklyn, NY; Pompei Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany; and in the 2021 Wheaton College Biennial, Norton, MA. Sherman received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Hunter College.