Michael Staniak

Merge Visible

Horton Gallery, New York (December 12, 2013 – January 26, 2014)


Horton Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Merge Visible featuring Trudy Benson, Laura Miller, Daniel Gordon, John Houck, Terry Haggerty, Susie Rosmarin, Michael Staniak, Keegan McHargue, and Ryan Johnson.

“Merge Visible” references the Photoshop command that collapses active layers into one. Along with its correlates—Merge Down and Flatten—the command Merge Visible is an image editor’s ninja move: a swift gesture that, while yielding no apparent changes, discards what’s hidden from view, paring down multiple levels of content into a single flat image.

In their paintings, photographs, and sculptures, the nine artists exhibited in Merge Visible all collapse and flatten pictorial space—a move that references modern and contemporary art’s progressive upending of older representational traditions, but, even more resonantly, responds to the increasing day-to-day prevalence of monitors, flat-screens, and other two-dimensional, digital modes of perception.

The exhibition is on view between the dates of December 12, 2013 – January 26, 2014 with an opening reception on Thursday, December 12 between 7-9 pm.

A limited edition catalogue with an essay by Dawn Chan will be available.