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  Plane Speaking
January 6 - February 12, 2011
 

This is the fourth January group exhibition in a series focusing on aspects of abstraction. In this instance, it is an examination of the use of planarity in painting, sculpture, and photography. Work in the exhibition ranges from deceptively simple, geometric work that consciously embraces the flatness of the picture plane, to those using complex interactions of planar forms to construct the illusion of depth, volume, and movement.
 
Kim MacConnel's exuberantly colored enamel paintings use simple diamond, ovoid, and rectangular forms to create a joyful internal cadence. Joanne Mattera creates reductive yet richly colored and textured near-monochromes built up of layers of encaustic, and Steven Alexander layers colors into textured fields activated with centralized, multi-colored rectangular shapes, echoing the planar field of the painting. Don Voisine, Karen Schifano, and Brent Hallard all employ a reductive palette and strong rectilinear forms in taut and precise compositions that reference architecture but also set up internal rhythms of alternating geometries and shifting spatial depth.
 
The industrially inspired, complex painting of Dannielle Tegeder, with planar forms set at oblique angles, uses the interaction of planar elements to impart a sensation of deep space. Reed Danziger's work employs prismatic volumes intersecting with both linear and biomorphic forms to suggest movement within an abstract landscape. Sara Eichner's planar grids of intersecting hexagonal fields simultaneously impart a sense of movement and the suggestion of infinite space. Ion Zupcu uses multiple exposures in his black-and-white photographs of simply painted cubes to build up dimensional illusion, generating planar layers that seem to pulsate.
 
The exploration of depth is continued into the spatial realm. Don Christensen's wall-mounted sculpture of found furniture painted with geometric shapes playfully pushes the flatness of painting into three-dimensions. Heather Hutchison creates simple forms from bent acrylic sheets articulated with crisp bands of color to achieve a similar end through more reductive means, while exploiting the translucency of the material to elegant effect. Tilman's large floor sculpture, constructed from layered, tilting stacks of monochromatically painted board, gives the impression of a painting that has been taken apart or perhaps in the process of being assembled.
 
 
 
Steven Alexander
Mother Tongue #8, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

Steven Alexander
Mother Tongue #9, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

Don Christensen
Timmy's Dilemma, 2010
Acrylic on wood, wire, clamps
62 x 32 x 24 inches
 
Reed Danziger
Untitled, 2009
Oil, pencil, pigment, shellac on paper on wood
32 x 46 inches

Sara Eichner
Green Hexagons, 2009
Oil and pencil on panel
15 x 15 inches

Sara Eichner
Hexagon Intersection (Tan on Yellow), 2008
Oil and pencil on panel
25 x 25 3/4 inches
 
Brent Hallard
Nick of Yellow, 2010
Acrylic on aluminum
13 x 16 1/2 inches

Brent Hallard
Nick of Red, 2010
Acrylic on aluminum
13 x 16 1/2 inches

Heather Hutchison
True Fullness, 2010
Enamel on acrylic sheet
10 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches
 
Heather Hutchison
Resurrection, 2010
Enamel on acrylic sheet
12 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 2 1/12 inches

Kim MacConnel
10 Bunny, 2010
Enamel on wood
18 x 18 inches

Kim MacConnel
11 Bunny, 2010
Enamel on wood
18 x 18 inches
 
Kim MacConnel
12 Bunny, 2010
Enamel on wood
18 x 18 inches

Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 157, 2010
Encaustic on panel
12 x 12 inches

Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 161, 2010
Encaustic on panel
12 x 12 inches
 
Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 148, 2010
Encaustic on panel
12 x 12 inches

Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 160, 2010
Encaustic on panel
12 x 12 inches

Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 158, 2010
Encaustic on panel
12 x 12 inches
 
Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 162, 2010
Encaustic on panel
12 x 12 inches

Karen Schifano
New House, 2008
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches

Dannielle Tegeder
Rust Conductor Plan with Sound Frictions and Chroma-Construction, 2008
Gouache, ink, colored pencil, graphite and pastel on Fabriano Murillo paper
39 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
 
Tilman
Untitled - New York Slant, 2010
Acrylic on MDF board
36 x 120 x 36 inches

Tilman
Untitled - New York Slant, 2010
Acrylic on MDF board
36 x 120 x 36 inches

Tilman
Stack, 2010
Lacquer on MDF board
16 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches
 
Don Voisine
Defarge, 2010
Oil on wood
24 x 20 inches

Don Voisine
Tricoteuse, 2010
Oil on wood
17 x 18 inches

Ion Zupcu
November 11, 2009, #2, 2009
Silver gelatin print
15 x 15 inches
Edition 4/15
 
Ion Zupcu
August 4, 2009, #2, 2009
Silver gelatin print
15 x 15 inches
Edition 1/15
 
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