The Emerald City surveys processes in painting from works dating between 1972 to the present. Within this group of internationally diverse artists a wide range of methods are explored. Peter Young's large-scale painting from 1972 utilizes a Rorshach technique grounding the show and actively calling attention to the theme of subjective perception, which spills onto all of the other works in the gallery. Beginning with this proposition we can envision the numerous directions painting today is taking, including the relationship between the artist's hand vs. the mechanical and everlasting investigations into the distinction between abstraction and representation.
A wide survey of techniques is presented ranging form Analia Saban's use of pouring to Matti Braun's dyeing. Ulrich Wulff's finger painting suggests one possibility, while Brad Eberhard's intricate method of sponging and sanding the surface of the painting presents another. We are reminded by the title of the show, of the journey through the space of painting that can lead to an otherworldly place. Whether through architectural references (Gunther Forg) or by way of automatic drawing (John Mills), The Emerald City attempts to engage viewers with a diverse presentation of transcendent paths leading to awe-inspiring rewards.