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ISHTAR | Charles Harlan exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan


ISHTAR | Charles Harlan

Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Avenue, New York City

February 12 – March 22, 2014

Opening Reception: February 12, 2014, 6-8PM

Harlan_website_2_1New York, NY…Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present ISHTAR, an exhibition of new site-specific work by Charles Harlan opening February 12, 2014. Drawing inspiration from Land Art of the 1970s, Harlan avails himself of the most common materials at hand – including such hardware store staples as ladders, shipping palettes, and one-ton metal pipe – to create his large industrial works. Huge in scale, Minimalist in form, and shown both indoors and out, Harlan’s art has been referred to as Duchampian in its reliance upon readymade components, deceptive simplicity, and spatial humor. His stacking and layering of recognizable, utilitarian materials renders surprisingly potent forms that invite unexpected associations.

At Venus Over Manhattan, Harlan takes as his point of departure the book The Descent of the Goddess Ishtar Into the Lower World. The ancient Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, sex and war, serves as the artist’s answer to Venus, the Roman goddess of love (and de facto patroness of the gallery, whose name pays tribute to the 1940s deco relief ‘Venus of Manhattan’ adorning the façade of 980 Madison Avenue). According to Harlan, the new work on view was inspired by a specific passage of the book:

Ishtar on arriving at the gate of the land of no return
To the gate keeper thus addressed herself
Gate keeper, ho, open thy gate/
Open thy gate that I may enter
If thou openest not the gate to let me enter I will break the door
I will wrench the lock, I will smash the doorposts, I will force the doors

Upon arriving at Venus Over Manhattan, visitors will be greeted by Harlan’s 10 foot roll-down gate, a barrier to circumnavigate to a new world. The gallery’s main space is enclosed, in Harlan’s words,  ‘in an endless wall of corrugated steel’ that runs parallel to the perimeter walls, without any doors or windows offering access to what lies within the structure. The unbroken wall creates a corridor that beckons one forward but leads inevitably back to where the journey begins. With only two and a half feet of distance between Harlan’s steel wall and the sheet rock envelope of the gallery, visitors must pass through a cramped channel and, in turn, mixed emotions and sensations.

Harlan’s work invites contemplation of the ways in which we adapt to and absorb the toughness of the urban landscape. The pristine, immutable walls that challenge visitors at ISHTAR are made from the same sheet metal fencing that encloses myriad outdoor parking lots and construction sites, and hosts graffiti and flurries of advertisements throughout the cityscape. But whereas the world around us is wild and feral, Harlan’s work is carefully ordered, throwing into higher contrast the realms of interior tumult.

About the Artist
Based in New York, Charles Harlan was born in 1984 in Smyrna, Georgia. He graduated from New York University in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Rachel Uffner Gallery, Karma Gallery, JTT Gallery, Martos Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, Maccarone, and Cleopatra’s, all in New York.

Venus Over Manhattan is located at 980 Madison Avenue, between 76th and 77th streets, on the third floor. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM – 6PM.

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