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Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Renegade Traj ectories\, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Oliver Vernon. This is Vernon’s third solo show with the gallery\, and the artist will be present at the opening reception on May 30.

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Combining elem ents of landscape painting\, figuration\, and abstraction\, Vernon’s practi ce pushes all of these categories beyond easy distinction\, creating a hybr id visual language all his own. “The picture plane is a continuum of give a nd take\,” says Vernon\, “where positive and negative space give way to eac h other in rhythmic intervals. Energy oscillates and migrates\, initiating changes along the way. And color is a navigational tool to guide the eye th rough the chaotic scape.”

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Vernon lives in the Sierra Nevada region of northern California\, and glimpses of these breathtaking vistas turn up frequently in his work. However\, landscape is never a subject or even back drop\, per se\, but instead a visual cue toward the expansive scale of Vern on’s abstraction. In many works\, this takes the form of a wave-like torren t of arching brushstrokes and cascading patterns that dominate the canvas\, devouring mountains\, valleys\, clouds\, and the horizon\, or nimbly swirl ing everything into the overall composition. The effect is destabilizing\, imposing an abstract system on the more common notion of a fixed\, physical reality—landscape gives way to visual frenzy\, flights of imagination\, an d transformation.

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In Renegade Trajectories\, Vernon explor es this dynamic with twelve medium-sized acrylic on linen or canvas paintin gs and a suite of twelve ink on paper works. The exhibition will showcase s everal large-scale paintings\, the largest measuring nearly 8-x-7 feet. In the painting Excavation\, a jagged cyclone of geometric shapes\, a rchitectural elements\, and quasi-anatomical forms swirl about a distant ho rizon\, pulling it in or ushering it forth. In the dramatic painting Fl ashback\, this force takes the form of an orange and violet-tinted flo od\, inundating the picture with a chaotic rush of brushstrokes\, graphic p atterns\, and semi-figurative material. As the artist notes\, “These incide nts or events take place in worlds within worlds. Everything is whirring wi th activity as parts of systems engage with other systems in a state of con stant flux.”

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In his works on paper\, Vernon’s use of Sumi ink impar ts an even sharper contrast of forces\, of positive and negative space\, in black\, white\, and subtle gray scale. Hard-edged but somehow serene\, the se pictorial spaces draw viewers into a spiral of connected facets (or dime nsions)—cascading flower petals\, lozenge forms\, pulmonary or lung tissue\ , honeycomb—giving way to a brightening horizon beyond. Ultimately\, the di stinctions of figuration/abstraction\, figure/ground\, are not the artist’s primary interest. In all of his work\, Vernon is most fascinated by the dy namic interplay between these surreally juxtaposed elements—in his own word s\, “not the what but the how.”

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Reception Thursday May 30 from 6-8pm

DTEND:20130628 DTSTAMP:20141126T092854 DTSTART:20130530 GEO:40.7516439;-74.0040883 LOCATION:Joshua Liner Gallery\,540 West 28th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Renegade Trajectories \, Oliver Vernon UID:278761 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130530T200000 DTSTAMP:20141126T092854 DTSTART:20130530T180000 GEO:40.7516439;-74.0040883 LOCATION:Joshua Liner Gallery\,540 West 28th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Renegade Trajectories \, Oliver Vernon UID:278762 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR