Thomas Kovachevich, Define

January 9 - February 6, 2016

It is with great pleasure that TIF SIGFRIDS presents Define, an exhibition of new work by New York artist Thomas Kovachevich.  The exhibition continues in an off-site location A_. An opening reception will be held at TIF SIGFRIDS on Saturday, January 9th from 4-6 PM. and at A_ on Sunday, January 10th from 4-6 PM.  
 
The exhibition takes its name from the largest work in the show created with ordinary packing tape, a material commonly used throughout Kovachevich’s practice and one that is emblematic of the nature of the artist’s output as a whole. Through this everyday material we are made more aware of our everyday world, a world whose climate changes in response to our inhabitation of it.  Humidity, temperature, barometric pressure; these elements are all affected by things as muted as our breath or as voluminous as our bodies.   The visitor to the gallery effects the space and re-defines it by merely being present.
 
These subtle changes occurring could be described as barely there and thus ones that require our full attention, not only as viewers, but as participants essential to the experience that the work provides.  But beyond being a tool used to measure the conditions of a room, Define is an esthetic experience, one that can present the gallery space as pure volume.  In addition to Define, Kovachevich also presents works here which he refers to as “negative spaces.”  These are constructions made of black corrugated plastic, which create new space both imaged and real. They can catch us blind-sided in their simultaneous ability to both puncture the space they occupy and delineate the area that surrounds them.
 
Kovachevich, whose career as an artist has run simultaneous to his medical practice as a family physician since the late 60’s, has consistently made use of materials that could be found around the office like gauze, tape, and tissue.  His work has always been a reflection of the physical properties of the materials it makes use of while demanding that it be viewed as an entity in relationship to it’s surroundings.  There’s a sense of impermanence suggested here which runs analogous to the very nature of medicine and it’s quest to preserve health while audaciously promoting a concept of infinity.  
 
TIF SIGFRIDS is pleased to invite you to a continuation of the show in an off-site location A_ (2601-2603 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065).  This exhibition consists of work made in Kovachevich’s New York studio in 2015 and works created in situ. Here Kovachevich presents sculptures using various materials which include paper, light and plastic to explore the mysteries of shape which he refers to as, personal geometries. His life long curiosity of why shape matters, how form creates meaning, and how the environment alters us are explored.  
 
A_ will be open by appointment only and for special events that will take place throughout the duration of the gallery exhibition.  Please [email protected] schedule an appointment.
 
Thomas Kovachevich was born in Detroit, MI and lives and works in New York. He has had many solo exhibitions including The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  Significant group exhibitions include Documenta 5, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, COCO Kunstverein, Vienna, and at Hamburger Banhof, Berlin.   His work is included in many notable collections, including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Bern Kunst Museum, Switzerland. 
 
A simultaneous solo exhibition will take place at Callicoon Fine Arts in New York, NY.

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