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Galerie Califia

Exhibition Detail
tic toc / stacks
Curated by: Barbara Benish
Zamek 341 01
Czech Republic

July 28th, 2011 - July 28th, 2011
July 28th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Emerald Bay, Danny ShainDanny Shain, Emerald Bay,
2011, ink, paint on card stock, 6 x 21 1/4 "
Czech Republic
420 724 253 517
Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 - 5:00
mixed-media, installation, graffiti/street-art, landscape, abstract, modern


I have composed these pieces from stacks of cards: cards I have saved, painted and drawn on in a  practice that is nearing a decade.  

The raw material are gallery announcements, first my own and later others,that I would paint and draw on, treating the cards as pages from a sketchbook.  As the cards developed into little paintings they would be relegated to a different stack.

Over the years, I would draw cards from those stacks and compose larger works. The intersection these cards create often evoke grander spaces. Some paintings would be composed from the joining of two cards, some four, others more.  Each composition modulated the effect of a single card, and that effect is multiplied by the number of cards aligned.  The cards echo one another in a complex collision, and those reverberate in newly imagined ways. Each card working at its edge, trying to express an underling unity gains strength in its new alignment and unforseen junctions are realized. The recycling of the invitations, and a common distance of years between any two cards has the effect of folding the past into an ever widening present. 

For this show I would like to show a few compositions that align these cards into series, and like a battery draw on the relationship to the other cards to fuel new assosciations. 

The paintings, and the compositions are colored by my interest in the urban landscape, the influence of Abstract Expressionism, and the collision of chance and intent that embodies and shapes them both.

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