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On Any Sunday
John Phillip Abbott
November 5-December 8
Reception: Friday, November 15th 2013 (6:30-8:30pm)
John Phillip Abbott lives and works in Silver City, New Mexico with his wife and two dogs. Abbott graduated with an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 2007 and has since held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, Fort Lewis College, University of New Mexico and is currently a visiting assistant professor of art history at Western New Mexico University. Prior to this most recent position, Abbott was a transitional living specialist working with homeless youth in Albuquerque. Abbott exhibits his work internationally.
Silver Guiding Light $850
Blue Fred Lynn $850
Through the Windshield $1400
On Any Sunday $1400
Blue Hors d’oeuvres $1400
Lafayette, Faded $1600
Silver Pontiac $1600
Black Pontiac with White Stripes $1600
John Phillip Abbott
The use of text allows me to introduce suggestions of representation and narrative that is economic as well as direct and organizes the space of the picture plane similar to a grid. The language is diaristic, beginning with an idea or memory pulled from what I am thinking about when I begin a painting. It is imperative that the text has deeper associations because of the potential to yield more formal decisions and painting possibilities. Often there is an emotional variable in the selection of a word or phrase that makes the construction of the image symbolic, straddling subject meaning and form meaning. My intent is to make something stemming from a personal cache that is open-ended and suggestive of multiple reads and ruminations, developing a language that flickers between what is read and what is seen, between solidarity and dissolution.
I gravitate towards materials and methods that enable a serendipitous arrival at the finished image. Resolutions are felt and found. Research has led to creating parameters for the painting to reveal itself during the process of its creation. The use of spray paint is utilized because of my inability to control the medium, further affording the work the opportunity to create itself. The use of tape also allows for surprises in the process. Unintentional solutions, cancellation or negation of marks and evidence of process are important elements within each piece. My intent is to capture a visual dialogue between the disclosure and concealing of my own memory with that of the paintings. The dialogue between the painting’s history and my own dictates the final image.
Direct all inquiries to:
Mary F. Coats
Ph: 978.496.6916 | email: email@example.com
Water and Stone
Jeff Robinson and Michael Rutherford
Reception: Saturday, Feb 2 (7-9pm)
Artist Talk: 8pm
In the book, What Painting Is, James Elkins defines painting as a combination of two
ingredients: water (medium) and stone (pigment). The action of painting is a process
of negotiating the two. Water and Stone presents two artists whose work necessitates
material functions. Abandoning the image, these works make visible the central role of
color and substance in producing sensation. In Michael Rutherford’s work, the support
on which the paint is applied performs as a prominent character in the piece, asserting
equality between a colored shape and the curl of the paper. Jeff Robinson’s work organizes
relationships between paint and non-paint; requiring the viewer to consider the difference
between the canonical art material and the detritus of human consumption.
Jeff Robinson received his MFA in painting from Illinois State University in 2011. In addition to
his studio practice, Jeff teaches full-time as an Instructor of Art and Visiual Arts Gallery Director
at the University of Illinois Springfield. http://www.jeffrobinsonstudios.com
Michael Rutherford is the creator and editor of Painter’s Bread.com and its companion site,
Postmodern Toaster. He was born and raised in Iowa and was introduced to art while working
as a guard at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. In 1999, he graduated from Buena Vista
University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Mechanical Trope, wood, mixed media, $1000.00 (Robinson)
Exclamatory Painting, acrylic on canvas, $550.00 (Rutherford)
Upshot Shimmer, acrylic on canvas strips with staples, $300.00 (Rutherford)
Scrapped Red with Yellow Dogleg Painting, acrylic on canvas scraps, $300.00 (Rutherford)
Hang Nothing, acrylic on canvas swaths, $300.00 (Rutherford)
End Sheet, acrylic on canvas swaths, $300.00 (Rutherford)
Subtle Radiance, mixed media, $750.00 (Robinson)
Green Totem, mixed media, $500.00 (Robinson)
Skips, Pops, and Scratches, acrylic on canvas, $1200.00 (Rutherford)
Follow the Leader (top), mixed media, $750.00 (Robinson)
Versed in Light #5 (bottom), mixed media, $500.00 (Robinson)
Please direct all inquiries to: Mary Laube (curator) Ph: 847.602.3782 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When I Was Your Age
December 2012 - Reception: Friday December 7th 8-10 pm
Storytelling as collaborative knowledge making
Storytelling is a fundamental source of knowledge and agency. To tell a story is to remember, contemplate, question, interpret, and ultimately voice a particular history. When I was Your Age is a collaborative project that uses storytelling to explore the relationship between artists and their elders. Participating artists asked their mother, grandmother, or like-figure to share a story from their past. Each pair constructed a piece of text reflecting the life of the elder when she was the age of the artist. Each artist created a visual response to complete the piece. The following pages present a dialogue between generations, where the residue of the past is deeply felt in the present and maintained by one’s willing imagination.
Mary Coats and Shari Coats
Zoe Hawk and Phyllis Hawk
Elizabeth Davenport and Paul Davenport Jr.
Cheryl Robinson and Maryjane Robinson
Andrea Dejong and Margaret Dejong
Jared Wittenmyer and Ruth Wittenmyer
Sarah Smith and Kathi Smith
Danielle Kimzey and Jean Alys Lindow Huey
Mary Laube and Edmund Laube
Please direct all inquiries to:
Mary Laube (curator)
Ph: 847.602.3782 | email: email@example.com
Fish Nor Fowl - Ty Smith & Ken Dubin
November 2012 - Reception: Friday, November 30th, 8-10pm
Fish Nor Fowl features the work of Ty Smith and Ken Dubin in an exhibition that envelopes absence, presence, and everything in between.
Ty Smith was born in Montgomery, AL in 1979. He received his BFA in painting from the University
of Alabama in 2001 where he worked with Professor Alvin Sella. In 2006, he moved to Tulsa, OK
where he completed his MFA and began teaching at the University of Tulsa. This past year he has been
teaching as an Adjunct Faculty for Auburn University and has recently taken a new position as
Museum Preparator at the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL.
Ken Dubin's paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. He has participated in a number of residencies including the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Dubin received an MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Iowa in 2009.
Please direct all inquiries to: Mary Laube (curator) Ph. 847.602.3782 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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