Arena 1 Gallery is pleased to present “On the Wall,” an exhibition curated by Carl Berg that investigates the idea of presentation where two-dimensional artworks fuse with the walls of the gallery space.
Most artworks are tangible; they are physical objects that exist in space whether they are flat or more dimensional in nature. These objects can be moved from location to location and still maintain the integrity of their material presence. When artworks are sight-specific, however, the nature of their physical appearance is specifically created to fit within the space where they will be placed. The object and space are connected as a unified whole.
“On the Wall” explores two-dimensional installation where the art and the physical wall of the gallery meld as one. As such, the works in this exhibition are akin to the results of chemical reactions where different elements combine to create something inexplicably new and different from the original elements they were made from. The exhibition further investigates how different approaches to installation create this melding of materials. The exhibition will include large paintings on paper mounted directly to the wall and painted in the gallery (Erin Dunn, Nathan Redwood and Mark Dean Veca), objects mounted to the wall (Andy Kolar, Paul Paiement, Christopher Pate and Megan Williams), large digital prints mounted to the wall (Robert Grahmbeek and Allen Tombello) and a large unstretched canvas mounted to the wall (Jae-Hwa Yoo).
Rooms have not been specifically built or altered as in a James Turrell installation, but rather each artist transforms the existing walls in the gallery creating a wonderful interaction with the gallery space as well as a dialog with the artworks of the other participating artists in “On the Wall.”