DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present Still Life & Motion, bringing together new mixed media collages by EVEREST HALL and new digital video animations by SEAN CAPONE. In their latest works both Hall and Capone mine the garden for inspiration and use floral motifs to explore themes of reality and illusion, beauty and decay, and the passage of time.
Everest Hall’s latest graphite, ink and watercolor on paper works are images of in-studio tableaux of fresh cut flowers in bloom, personal props and mementos. Hall continues his exploration of the still life genre, setting up the images in layers as if they are floating. Hall often incorporates an image of the back of a stretched canvas to signify the internal life or soul of the artwork. The clash and combination of soft and hard is realized with lush irises and lilies juxtaposed with graphic abstractions and geometric repetitions.
Everest Hall received his MFA in painting from Yale University. Solo exhibitions include Dunham Place Salon (New York), Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago), Bellwether Gallery (New York), Acuna-Hansen Gallery (Los Angeles). Hall's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Review, and Flash Art and has been featured in Time Out New York and Domino. The artist currently lives and works in New York City.
In Sean Capone’s new digital video animations, sensuous floral arabesques and decorative gestures bloom, morph, decay and bloom again in an endless cycle of birth, death and renewal. Based on visual systems that draw upon the aesthetics of baroque exuberance, painterly abstraction and rhythm as well as the grammar of ornament, Capone addresses the often overwhelming digital landscape we now continuously inhabit. Capone also explores the historical relationship between art, nature and the emotional response of the viewer to the images' cycle of beauty, efflorescence and decay.
Sean Capone received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Capone’s large-scale digital video projections have shown internationally at many galleries, museums, public spaces, events and festivals, most recently at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Arts & Design. Capone was the 2010 recipient of the Grand Prize for Public Installation from the DUMBO Arts Festival.