Man Bartlett: Systema Mundi

Systema Mundi Installation

Opening Reception: Friday, April 2nd, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-3pm and by appointment, through April 11th

Flux Factory presents Systema Mundi, an exhibition of drawings, installation and pyrography by artist-in-residence Man Bartlett.

The works in this show include a “circle drawing” in which thousands of small circles are tightly clustered, and form a rectangle. From a distance it appears as a solid mass, but closer inspection reveals a chaotic yet ordered composition. A pyrography piece consists of small burned dots that appear to create or mimic the pattern of the grain of the wood beneath them. In opposition to these maximalist tendencies lies a minimalist earth and water installation, sourced from in and around the Flux Factory building.

This juxtaposition of means is of critical interest to the artist, whose work often deals with the union of paradoxes from within a wide spectrum of art history and human experience.

A multi-disciplinary artist known for minimalist installations and duration performances, Bartlett most recently created a 24-hour group performance event for the show #class at Winkleman Gallery. His work has been written about on Hyperallergic, James Wagner, theartblog, and Art Fag City. He received a BA in Theatre from Emerson College in 2003, and is the son of artist Bo Bartlett. This is his first solo show in New York.