James Antonie & Jill Bliss

curated by:    Michael Fabian

Current Show:        May 1 - June 25, 2001       7/24/365
Window Gallery @ 343 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
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www.gallerythe.org is pleased to present Living Space, an exhibition highlighting the artwork of James Antonie and Jill Bliss. 
Both artists are interested in utopian theories, using diagrams, charts and mixed media to demonstrate social conditions.

The viewer  feels like a giant peering into James Antonie's micro galleries. He has built what appear to be miniature 
art galleries complete with lighting and parquet floors. Upon closer inspection there are noticeable incongruities; a 
cut out figure looks at a magnified image of a dust mite hanging  next to a well known Piet Mondrian reproduction. The 
relationships between the micro/macro and miniaturization in art and science is what James Antonie is investigating.

With detailed charts as guides, Jill Bliss inhabits the micro/macrocosm with human beings. Imagine yourself living 
inside a plant the size of a building. Objects that are commonly relative in scale are suddenly inverted, posing the 
question "Why not use natural structures, plants, as dwelling spaces?" 

While Jill Bliss enlarges plants to accommodate life-size humans complete with their accouterments, James Antonie 
miniaturizes his environments and populates them .

Living Space will be on view at the gallery and on line from May 1 through June 25, 2001.