Paul Kopkau and Rebecca Naegele
December 7–10, 2017
ICE PALACE STUDIOS
1400 NORTH MIAMI AVENUE
MIAMI, FL 33136
321 Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person Project Space at NADA Miami featuring the work
of Paul Kopkau (b. 1982 Monroe, MI) and Rebecca Naegele (b. 1990 Queens, NY).
Both Kopkau’s and Naegele’s sculptural practices involve a deep investigation of class and power structures while providing a critique of the systems that perpetuate them. “Kopkau’s play with the semiotics of luxury mimics our futile grasping at the trappings of wealth and power,”* exotic and exquisite objects that reveal their making to be anything but. Naegele’s work probes infrastructural authority by capturing the immaterial cast of traffic lights on changing neighborhood structures. Aestheticized barriers demarcating private property are illuminated by the stoplight and stand anticipatory, offensive and defensive.
For the context of NADA, 321 Gallery is showing new sculptural works by Kopkau and aluminum photographic objects by Naegele. Building on his recent solo exhibition at Company Gallery (NYC), Kopkau’s works feature anthropomorphized mop heads, labor personified. Following her site specific installation at the Whitney Independent Study Program exhibition (2017), Naegele’s sculptural photographs continue an investigation of the viewer’s physical and perceptual positionality to the art object. The bent and curved aluminum images distort in relation to the moving viewer, mirroring the precarious positionality of the photographer in relation to the reflections and cast light pictured.
Paul Kopkau (b. 1982, Monroe, Michigan) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His first solo exhibition, Palm Crest & Suites, took place at Company Gallery (NYC) in 2017. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Swiss Institute, 321 Gallery, Rutgers University, and elsewhere.
Rebecca Naegele (b. 1990, Queens, NY) attended the Whitney Independent Study Program 2016-17 and received a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. Collaborative exhibitions include No Angle of Attack with Tom Morrill, 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2015; STOPGAP with Andrea Fourchy and Lily Randall at Cousins, Ridgewood, NY, 2014 and Exhibition I with Mel Trad at Lemp308, St. Louis, MO, 2012. Recent group exhibitions include Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 2017; 3A Gallery, New York, 2016, BRIC House, Brooklyn, 2014; Fort Gondo, St. Louis, 2012; and Los Caminos, St. Louis, 2012.
* Evan Moffit, Frieze Magazine, Issue 186, April 2017
VIP Preview by Invitation:
Thursday, December 7, 10am–12pm
Opening Preview by Invitation:
Thursday, December 7, 12–2pm
Open to the Public:
Thursday, December 7, 2–7pm
Friday, December 8, 11am–7pm
Saturday, December 9, 11am–7pm
Sunday, December 10, 11am–5pm