We are delighted to present Into the Now, the third solo show of Ari Marcopoulos
at galerie frank elbaz, from September 5 to October 10, 2020.
"Into the Now is a body of work that was put together during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The center piece of the exhibition is a digitized 7’21’ Super-8 film titled Brown Bag. The title refers to a brown paper bag filled with exposed Super-8 film cassettes that I found in my studio unpacking some long-forgotten boxes.
I sent the film out to be developed and digitized. When the material returned it turned out to be mostly skate footage from the mid-90’s in New York. The film had sat in that bag almost 25 years, a true time capsule. I sat down with the footage and edited this film."
Ari Marcopoulos Brown Bag, 1994/2020 8 mm film with audio, black and white, 7’21’' MAR1994/2020-2428
"Also in the show are a series of 14 vintage prints taken in New York in the 80’s and early 90’s, these include images of Spike Lee on the set of Do the Right Thing, and Public Enemy lead man Chuck D in the recording studio."
Ari Marcopoulos Keith Haring, 1985 Vintage silver gelatin print 31,4 x 39,1 cm (12 3/8 x 15 3/8 in.) MAR1985-2381
"I have been thinking a lot about living in America during a global pandemic that has simultaneously exposed failure of the health system as well as exposing the blatant racism and white supremacist brutality the US suffers from. These are questions I have long grappled with as an “outsider”. As an artist I often found myself spending time listening and talking to important Black artists, musicians and leaders over the decades."
Ari Marcopoulos Ft. Greene Park, 2020 Color pigment print 111,8 x 162,6 cm (44 x 64 in.) MAR2020-2432
"I think back from when I was a young child and remembered the day Martin Luther King was murdered, the day I saw Tommie Smith and John Carlos bow their heads and raise their black-gloved fists. I was 11 then, now I am 63 and I wonder when will this violence end?"