Back in the summer, when I last caught up with him, photographer Frank Magalhaes was exploring variations on his black-and-white “I Am a Tree” image. His multi-angled Plexiglas presentation was in an exhibit with the group MOVIS at Mason Gross Galleries. Now he is having a “Breakthrough” with MOVIS in the exhibit Nibbling the White Cube at the Anne Reid Gallery at Princeton Day School.
Visitors to the White Cube are invited to explore the definition and role of art in the work of MOVIS artists, who are dedicated to expanding concepts in the visual arts.
“Nibbling the White Cube” features fabric, music, photography, sculpture, film projection and drawing with string and tape.
The “white cube” is the gallery space itself, described by Brian O’Doherty as a space “constructed along laws as rigorous as those for building a medieval church. The outside world must not come in, so windows are usually sealed off. Walls are painted white. The ceiling becomes the source of light… The art is free ‘to take on its own life’… untouched by time and its vicissitudes.”
Participating artists say they have created work “that cannot be tamed and relegated to predictable locations within the neat confines of the gallery… Each artwork seems to be passing through the gallery on its way from and to a place marked by the contingencies of real space and time.”