Jonny Niesche and Michael Staniak
Total Vibration

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May 20 – June 20, 2021

OPENING: Thursday, May 20th from 6-8pm at 312 Bowery, New York NY 10012

The Hole is proud to present a two-person exhibition with wall pieces by Jonny Niesche and sculpture by Michael Staniak, both artists native to Australia. Niesche’s trompe l’oeil “void” paintings suck you into their black center while Staniak’s painted bronze sculpture look like holographic fragments from a different universe.

Works in Total Vibration chart a dual reality where the physical and virtual worlds intermingle, poking artistic transformations introduced in the post-analog age. Pulsing, psychedelic colors and reverberating surfaces abound: Niesche and Staniak interrogate their chosen materials and limn the digital circulation of culture and history, gesturing toward a new frontier both obsessed with the omnipresent Internet.

Kinesthesia and the optical effects factor largely in the exhibition and provide its throughline. Drawing on ideas introduced by ZERO group artists Otto Piene and Heinz Mack, the exhibition radiates the “dialectics of static and dynamic elements” and sheds light on the parasocial relationship between audience and art. Generating a rhythmic feedback loop between observer and observed, constructed through light and its visual currents, the works achieve what Piene termed “total vibration,” a quality only present when there is an uninterrupted physical exchange between art and viewer.

Inspired by Ziggy Stardust and other collectible items from David Bowie’s indelible glam rock era, Niesche’s paintings function something like a concept album caked with cultural samples. His paintings disinter pigments central to Bowie’s iconic glam rock persona, blowing them up to disorienting proportions. Pulling color quotations from various sources—including Stardust’s iconic Schwartzkopf red hair inspired by Kansai Yamamoto’s first London show, and a rare, electric blue vinyl of the Ziggy Stardust album—Niesche exhibits a deep reverence for camp, glitz, and performance. “Astral Sphere for Pierre La Roche”, which takes its name from both Stardust’s recurrent forehead make-up and its designer, boils down the pigment to its very essence, while also signaling the heat and intensity of a stage light.

Staniak’s work looks to the origin of painting in the cave, where artistic instinct found its first expression, by replicating the textured surfaces of cave walls from scans available on open-source CAD software. Uneven, rough, and heavily saturated with color, the sculptures generate what the artist has termed as a “hypersurface,” meaning that the object produces a feeling of disorientation where areas of shadow and light are unclear and an objective viewing experience is inhibited. Staniak’s work explores the transfiguration from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, and from digital screen to reality, to expose the seams undergirding digital tools.

Offering an ocular experience somewhere between orgasm and aneurysm, Total Vibration lays bare developments in post-analog art and how the human sensory experience is deeply impacted by digital technology, online culture, and their associated intrusions into reality.

An opening event will be held on Thursday, May 20 from 6 to 8pm following all appropriate COVID-19 precautions.
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JNI 18Jonny Niesche, Astral Sphere for Pierre La Roche, 2021. Voile, powder coated aluminum, mirror polished brass, 81.5 x 81.5 inches, 207 x 207 cm.


JNI 22Jonny Niesche, Kansai Schwartzkopf (Red), 2021. Voile, powder coated aluminum, mirror polished brass, 81.5 x 81.5 inches, 207 x 207 cm.


JNI 20Jonny Niesche, Skin Intervenes / Pierre La Roche, 2021. Voile, powder coated aluminum, mirror polished brass, 81.5 x 81.5 inches, 207 x 207 cm.


JNI 19Jonny Niesche, Schein Blossom (Kansai Hanami), 2021. Voile, powder coated aluminum, mirror polished brass. 81.5 x 81.5 inches, 207 x 207 cm.


JNI 21Jonny Niesche, Starman Figurine From The Motion Picture, 2021. Voile, powder coated aluminum, mirror polished brass, 81.5 x 81.5 inches, 207 x 207 cm.


JNI 23 front with wallJonny Niesche, Total Vibration (Stardust Blue), 2021. Voile, powder coated aluminum, mirror polished brass, 71 x 130 x 2 inches, 180 x 330 x 5 cm.


MSTAN 11_frontMichael Staniak, OBJ_285, 2021. Bronze, acrylic, 36.5 x 23 x 6.5 inches, 93 x 58 x 16 cm.


MSTAN 12_front2Michael Staniak, OBJ_287, 2021. Bronze, acrylic, 27.5 x 19.5 x 12.5 inches, 70 x 50 x 32 cm.


MSTAN 13_front2Michael Staniak, OBJ_292, 2021. Bronze, acrylic, 15 x 13 x 4.5 inches, 38 x 33 x 11 cm.

MSTAN 14_front2Michael Staniak, OBJ_293, 2021. Bronze, acrylic, 21 x 14.5 x 6.5 inches, 53 x 37 x 17 cm.

MSTAN 15_frontMichael Staniak, OBJ_295, 2021. Bronze, acrylic, 26 x 17 x 6 inches, 65 x 42 x 15 cm.