First Thursday Opening February 1st 6 - 8pm
Following a 2011 residency at Sydney’s majestic Taronga Zoo, Michael Kempson found inspiration in the stuffed animals arranged along the shelves of the gift shop. His latest work, Child’s Play (2016/17), is a panel installation of 50 iconic etchings depicting invented toy creatures representing nation states, each identified by their three-letter ISO country code. The formal arrangement of this menagerie is contained by the bookends of China’s panda and the American bald eagle, hinting at the international and regional challenges confronting the old order, precipitated by the shift in the world economy from west to east. They combine officially sanctioned animal representation and occasionally substitute a vernacular equivalent. For example, the regal lion representing Britain is instead the pugnacious bulldog. In mapping our current geopolitical junction, and pondering the inevitability that things will and must change, Child’s Play reflects on the legacy of the “not-so-cute” strategic decisions implemented in the past and perceives the value of patience as we apply the lessons learned throughout history to facing the future together.
First Thursday Opening February 1st 6 - 8pm
Moving away from his trademark of indecipherable or miniature text, Beres zooms in to focus on single words, simple phrases, and short sentences. Inspired by the minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, this exhibition includes many three-word poems, using six to eight-letter words, separating the words into multiple parts to explore new meaning. Homonyms, puns, placement, order and disorder all are deftly employed. The grim and often humorous hidden messages in Beres’ prints tap into our collective anxieties, whether they are social and political or simply personal loss and love. He addresses this anxiety by employing wit and wordplay as a way to draw out the poison for a bittersweet catharsis.
February 1 - 24, 2018
First Thursday Opening Reception: February 2, 2018, 6-8pm.
Perhaps Chile’s best known artist, Matta was trained as an architect. Thanks to a short stint in the Merchant Marine, he landed in Europe.Through Le Corbusier he came to know Garcia Lorca, Salvador Dali and Andre Breton, which in turn led him to join the Surrealist movement in 1937 (but he was later expelled in 1947). His time in Madrid, London, Paris, and Scandinavia during the 1930s connected him to Gropius, Moholy-Nagy, Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Gordon Ford, Yves Tanguy and Alvar Aalto. After moving to New York in 1939, his images reflect a blend of the Surrealist landscape of the subconscious and the Action Painting of the Abstract Expressionist school. The human form reappeared in works of the 1940s combined with organic and symbiotic relationships with machines. Matta was a strong colorist as both painter and printmaker. His images also reflect a response to international political events, whether in Spain, Germany, or Vietnam.
Osaka-born artist Keisuke Yamamoto creates hand-drawn stone lithographs which reconstruct several recurring components in ever-fascinating ways. He received his MFA from Kanazawa College of Art and Design in 1986 and for the past twenty-five years has been making a study of his chairs and light.
Yamamoto's lithographs play with our expectation of narrative. Rather than offering didactic context his images drop us directly into a moment in which we are only visitors. The lithographs are of incredible stillness that arrests the viewer with their composition. They bring our busy lives to halt and insist that we stop, look, and be present in the moment while imagining ourselves standing in the room or out in the garden.
This artist's work is an unusual and rare mix of masterful technique, philosophical curiosity, and emotional gravity.
Lithographs from Keisuke Yamamoto
March 2 - 31, 2018
First Thursday Opening Reception: March 1, 2018, 6-8pm.
Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000) was an Austrian-born artist and architect, as well as an environmental activist. He believed that the reconciliation of man with nature was necessary in order to regain the freedom of individual creativity and expressed this vision through his art and architecture. His work is characterized by undulating curves, organic shapes and bright colors. He abhorred the square.
Hundertwasser has a unique approach to his printmaking. He is interested to explore all the various combinations of color and foil stamping rather than to select one approach for any given image. The editions seem large but the impressions sharing the same color and foil combination are only a small fraction of the total edition. The artist also incorporates the traditional printer guide in the margin of the sheet next to the image, normally cropped off when the printing is complete, as another area for exploration.
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