This exhibition opens THIS COMING FRIDAY EVENING, December 6 here in Philadelphia. Gross McCleaf is a gallery known mainly for contemporary representational painting, but this past year director Todd Keyser has mounted a few excellent shows of abstraction by artists with national and international reputations. For this exhibition he has chosen a compelling group of my School Papers works on paper. And I’m very honored to be paired with Timothy App, professor at Maryland Institute College of Art, whose work I think is incredible. Here’s a terrific short video about him.
From the press release:
App and Witmer use the medium of painting to redefine fundamental geometric relationships. This redistribution of element – formally, materially, and commutatively – alters the blank piece of paper or the empty canvas. Both App and Witmer complicate the specific dimensions of paper or canvas. For both painters, the challenge is to essentially change those dimensions in some way through the addition or subtraction of geometric shapes; to alter the painting profoundly. These paintings hang on the semantic threshold of communication due to their reductive simplicity. Their special geometry can be associated with tools and recognizable objects, resulting in signs that are ubiquitous in our culture. App and Witmer take delight in participating in making, viewing, and, finally, sharing their discoveries. Their works allows the spectator to reconsider his/her world from a uniquely geometric point of view.
Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
A Random Walk
Tish Ingersoll, Emily Brett Lukens, Tim McFarlane, Rebecca Rutstein, Tremain Smith, Robert Solomon and Douglas Witmer
November 21 – December 21, 2013
Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ
More School Papers are currently on view in this group exhibition curated by artist Robert Solomon.
From the press release:
“A Random Walk” invites viewers to gain insight into how accident and intention, control and experimentation help bring about what is viewed as the final work. The exhibit is an investigation into seven artists producing abstract work whose “story” is told through personal and habitual mark making. The signature marks included in this exhibition are by Tish Ingersoll, Emily Brett Lukens, Tim McFarlane, Rebecca Rutstein, Tremain Smith, Robert Solomon and Douglas Witmer.
“Careful observation reveals how artists develop a signature by repeating and morphing their ‘mark.’ It follows the history of modern and post-modern abstract painting which has a strong dialogue with geometry,” notes Solomon, a Philadelphia-based artist and designer.
Artists accumulate a body of knowledge through a lifetime of trial and error, accident and intention that defines their particular signature. Initially, a study of geometry and mark making, the theme evolved into an opportunity for the viewer to gain an appreciation of the opposing but necessary processes that help shape contemporary abstract work.
A Random Walk : Pathways into Abstraction
Rowan University Art Gallery
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey
This large survey exhibition includes my Fruitville objects, and has been touring in Europe the past 18 months.