Two paintings in Cannonball! A group show curated by artist Vicki Sher at Frosch & Portmann in New York. Artists in the show also include Denise Kupferschmidt, Joshua Marsh, Gary Petersen, Lauren Seiden, Don Voisine, Paul Wackers and Tamara Zahaykevich.
Inspired by the iconic call of summer, the swimmers’ cry of “Cannonball!” as they jump into a pool, this exhibition brings together artists who dive into specific territory while maintaining a playful spirit. The show connects driven and deeply pursued paths to the lighthearted attitude behind summer vacation.
Many of the artists connect to the show’s title with strong black shapes that pack a punch. In Don Voisine’s paintings and Lauren Seiden’s dense graphite works on paper, the viewer is drawn into the black surface to consider questions of space, balance and rhythm. Denise Kupferschmidt’s black drawings on tile bring to mind icons and talismans; at the same time they act as a lighthearted reminder of the pool’s edge. Paul Wackers’ still lifes use black for contrast, to emphasize the plant’s strong silhouette and power as a signifier of interior life.
Other artists connect to the laidback feeling of Summer. Joshua Marsh’s quiet, glowing paintings: a book, a pitcher and a door handle summon a narrative of quiet country summers. Gary Petersen’s brightly colored, hard-edged paintings and Ky Anderson’s dripping, layered shapes, offer the measureless possibilities of geometric abstraction. Here, line, color and shape have a confident formality but call up ideas as far apart as diving boards, pinball machines, mountain vistas, ice cream cones, and the Inner Eye. Tamara Zahaykevich’s lively sculptures use found materials as a spring-board to carefully considered constructions that manage to be generous, each small piece having numerous, even smaller bombshell moments, while they coyly withhold the private systems that shape them.
Cannonball! is a collective jump into the pool. Each artist plunges into her/his subject while feeling the ripple of activity in the room. Each distinct body of work claims a piece of its own, and shared, area.
Images courtesy of Jen Bekman Gallery
Pleased to have one painting in a group show at Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC, titled "What's the Point?". The show features geometrically themed assemblages, paintings, photographs and works on paper by Josef Albers, Ky Anderson, Jordan Bernier, Andrew Brischler, Christian Chaize, Matthew Craven, Corey Drieth, Jessica Eaton, Ellsworth Kelly, Gregory Krum, Sol LeWitt, Carrie Marill, Jason Middlebrook, Laura Newman, Devin Rutz, Joel Shapiro, Jessica Snow, Mia Taylor and Michael Zelehoski.
Images courtesy of Circuit12
Group show at Circuit12 Contemporary in Dallas, TX.
DREAM CONTINUUM, a group show featuring works by Michael Dotson, Kristen Schiele, Sofia Arnold, Linda Chalmers, Ky Anderson, Anthony Cudahy, and more, opening March 31st, 2012 at Circuit 12 Contemporary.
Surveying a range of images and subject matter derived from sources within and beyond the visible wold, the artists not only pose questions, but channel insight on psychological functions, tonality, and sensation; addressing space, time, technology, and their societal implications in waking life.
Within this body of work, typical forms are widely reduced to basic geometric designs and organic shapes. Figures present challenges in their placement and perception. Color fields rival linear structures and sound architecture. Inexplicable internal relationships are explored, unison in their composition is abandoned. Technology provides a point of departure for the development of sound structural, emotional, and psychological connections in space and time.
“There is an abstract thinking, just as there is abstract feeling, sensation and intuition. Abstract thinking singles out the rational, logical qualities … Abstract feeling does the same with … its feeling-values. … I put abstract feelings on the same level as abstract thoughts. … Abstract sensation would be aesthetic as opposed to sensuous sensation and abstract intuition would be symbolic as opposed to fantastic intuition. (Jung,  (1971):par. 678)”
Interview about my studio practice for Studio Critical