New York, NY "Anti-Anti/Non-Non" is inspired by Ad Reinhardt's playful poem "On Negation" which explores how one can define the inconceivable through a series of subtractions, ultimately reducing what (it) is through what (it) is NOT. Fifty-some years after Ad Reinhardt made the "last paintings" artists find themselves in an age of pluralism where anything goes. This two-part exhibition explores the work of contemporary artists who re-shape our vision of what is and can become.
Part one of the exhibition, "Anti-Anti," features artists making work within a formalist framework based on grid, pattern, or repetition. Whether they appear as visual traps, social critique, or musing on the natural world, the works in this show reveal the ageless power of pattern. Douglas Melini's mind-bending pattern paintings fold and expand in a kaleidoscope of bilateral symmetry; Stacy Fisher uses pattern to tame her amorphous, brightly colored sculptures, and Jack Featherly drizzles and blends ribbons of enamel into a loose, spontaneous grid. Works by Joshua Abelow, Gianna Commito, Jack Featherly, Stacy Fisher, Jaime Gecker, Matthew Lusk, Douglas Melini, Bryan Osburn, Sarah Shirley, Ellen Sayers, and Keith J. Varadi are included.
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