In this group exhibition, Nick Griffin, Philip Harrell, and Anne Riley investigate the language of abstraction through the employment of additive and subtractive painting techniques. Whether exploring the use of paint as a binder, glue, and surface to be manipulated, or paint as a historical medium and its relation to contemporary art-making practices, each of the artists expounds on the process of mark making.
Through the placement of their works in the Center Space gallery, Griffin, Harrell, and Riley hope to invite the viewer into a deep discussion about the inherent possibilities of abstract painting.
Generous support for Center Space Project comes from the University Co-Op along with Robin and Trey Hancock.
Nick Griffin is an artist living and working in Austin. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a BFA in Studio Art. He recently had his first solo show at Forus Gallery in Austin and has shown in group exhibitions in Dallas and Austin.
Philip Harrell is an artist living and working in Dallas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a BFA in Studio Art. He has shown work in group exhibitions in both Austin and Dallas.
Anne Riley graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2012. She was awarded a scholarship from UT to attend a residency at Ox-Bow, where she studied kinetic sculpture. She has exhibited in group shows in Dallas, Italy, and Austin, and recently had her first solo exhibition at ABB Gallery in Austin.
All three artists studied painting together under professor Chong Chu at Brookhaven Community College before to moving to Austin.