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Ari Marcopoulos at Fergus McCaffrey

“The Park” Still, 2017-18, Ari Marcopoulos
(©Ari Marcopoulos; Courtesy of Ari Marcopoulos and Fergus McCaffrey Gallery)

Fergus McCaffrey presents Ari Marcopoulos’ exhibition at its Tokyo location from January 12 through March 9, 2019, and New York location from January 24 through February 23, 2019. Works showcased include three recent films created in the past two years.

Marcopoulos is widely recognized for his photographic work that bridges fine art and street photography. As per the official release, the artist has defined the pillars of his work as “noise, exertion, rebellion, and chaos.”

“In Fergus McCaffrey’s exhibitions, the artist brings the guiding principles of his photographic approach to video work, where they are informed by a sense of equanimity, care, and grace, capturing the slow flow and punctuated ruptures of contemporary social life. Marcopoulos brings a formalist’s eye to public gathering spaces, transforming basketball courts, public parks, churches, and community centers into stages upon which the unplanned direction of daily life plays out,” adds the release.

The exhibitions open with “The Park” (2017-18), a 58-minute film of a public, unfenced basketball court adjacent to the Walt Whitman housing projects in Brooklyn, New York. According to the release, “This film transforms the court into a contemporary pastoral, a dream-like landscape scene picturing a languid, bucolic afternoon spent in community and kinship.” Originally, a silent film, “The Park” is accompanied by a live-recorded improvised soundtrack by renowned musician Jason Moran.

The second film, “Monogram Hunters,” (2018) captures a rehearsal by a traditional Mardi Gras Indian tribe. As per the release, “Marcopoulos films the members training a new generation the rules of the dance. There are specific codes and gestures, which prepare each participant to do battle with rival tribes come Mardi Gras. The chants date back generations, and the drum rhythm coheres this tight-knit group of men to the wider collective of the neighborhood bar.”

“Upper Big Tracadie,” (2018) which was filmed during a late summer trip in Nova Scotia, presents the devotion toward a church in a small town founded in 1783 by freed American slaves during the revolutionary war.

On display at both locations, is a selection of washi prints, recently drawn from Marcopoulos’ 2010-2012 archives and reprinted on paper handmade in Japan. “These prints reveal a more poetic aspect of Marcopoulos’ practice that influences viewers to pause and to contemplate both life’s trivial and paramount moments in a fast-paced society,” states the release.


This exhibition is on view from January 12 through March 9, 2019 at Fergus McCaffrey, 3-5-9 Kita-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061, Japan and January 24 through February 23, 2019 at Fergus McCaffrey, 514 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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