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An exhibition of new sculpture by Colin Chase entitled contronym in which he uses wood and other reclaimed materials to fashion hybrid structures that are spellbinding and offbeat will open at the June Kelly Ga llery on October 5.  The works will remain on view through November 6.

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"Linguistic paradox is my muse and point of departure for this new bod y of sculpture\," says Chase.  "I use contronyms\, words with two opposite meanings\, to suggest the ambiguities of our lives."  As in Chase's sculptu re entitled Filter\, which can mean to block or to let through\, opposites are highlighted old and new\, seasoned and raw\, cadenced an d off beat.

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"I use repurposed materials to create work that reverb erates\," the artist says.  "I find building and construction materials suc h as weathered beams and joists and reclaimed plywood that bring with them some history of their usefulness\, and I selectively manipulate their surfa ce patinas and textures to suggest a new reading."

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In Cleave #3 \, Chase saws pieces of tree trunks in half and juxtaposes them against a tondo of distressed plywood is what he describes as "homage to nature an d cycles that echo the source\, even when the object has been transformed."   Chase says his overall objective is to create a whimsical body of work in which the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.

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Regarding c ontronyms\, he comments: "The title of each work in the show is derived fro m a contronym.  I utilize juxtaposition\, layering forms to suggest varied possibilities of meaning.  I continue to explore world mythology\, semiotic s\, coded language systems\, and information technology such as barcodes in the creation of my work

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"My aim is to configure a map for any adve nturous explorer to navigate."

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Chase lives and works in New York Ci ty and in Saugerties\, in Upstate New York\, and teaches art at the City Un iversity of New York.  He received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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Chase has been represented in many one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States\, as well as in Europe and Brazil.  His work is included in numerous private an d public collections\, among them The Studio Museum in Harlem\, The New Sch ool of Social Research\, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture\, P rudential Life Insurance Company and AT&\;T.  His public commissions inc lude the Queens Hospital Center and the Malcolm X Memorial in Manhattan.

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