For Immediate Release
No Thing Impossible
May 9 - July 3, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, May 9th, 6-8pm
TOBEY FINE ARTS is pleased to present No Thing Impossible, a group exhibition of non-objective works made with non-art materials. Artists included Shinsuke Aso, Keiko Narahashi, Jim Nolan and Peter Pezzimenti.
The works featured in this exhibition share many similar formal aesthetics and choices of materials that clearly remain in dialogue with the tradition of painting, yet at the same time these four artists further advance the exploration of art works' transcendent tendencies and potentials.
Shinsuke Aso creates unique, playful and well composed abstract collages with many different types of found paper such as magazines, newspapers, notepapers and envelopes embellished with doodle-like touches of pencil, pen and paint marks. Once incorporated into his work, these individual elements no longer retain their original meanings, but instead rhythmically resonate with each other as shapes and colors.
Keiko Narahashi creates small, three-dimensional constructions of hand-cut styrofoam and gesso-dipped paper. These objects are part still life, part soft sculpture. The works reference architectural forms that seem to contrast and enhance their own scale. They become a stage for the artist's imagined projections, toy-like or panoramic, depending on the viewer's perspective.
Jim Nolan interprets the Minimalist spirit of limitation by consciously combining selected mass-produced objects with other non-art materials. His "Untitled Painting" does not incorporate traditional painting materials, instead consisting of an assemblage of wood pieces resembling canvas stretchers tied together with shrink-wrap and attached to a furniture blanket hanging on the wall, and evoking the tradition of painting.
Peter Pezzimenti's black wall sculptures he calls "anti-masterpieces" are raw, intelligent works created from rough wooden blocks glued to squares of cardboard covered in black house paint. There is a reinterpretation taking place between the Art Brut aspect of the work and his personal sensibility which is informed by Modernist geometric composition. The final result creates an elegant clash of these two ideas.
No Thing Impossible opens at Tobey Fine Arts at 580 Broadway on May 9th, and continues through July 3rd, 2008. For further information on the exhibition please call (212) 431-7878 or visit www.tobeyfinearts.com.