I-20 is pleased to announce the gallery’s first exhibition for Don Dudley. The artist was born in Los Angeles in 1930 and exhibited on both coasts and in Europe in the first part of his career. This included solo shows at PS1 Contemporary Art Center (1982) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (1984). Group shows included New American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art (1974); Corners, Vera List Art Center at MIT, Boston (1979); and Activated Walls, Queens Museum of Art (1984).
Now 80, his minimalism is relevant today because of its striking optical effects and its unfinished exploration of object, surface, and color, in which Dudley engaged the dialogue from both coasts.
For this exhibition, I-20 has selected pieces from 3 bodies of work from 1966 to 1979. The Murano series was made in LA where the car craft finish fetish could accommodate the shaped cradle; the series is noted for their almost atmospheric gradations in color. The Murano pieces are bowed aluminum prisms or sky snares. Made in the late '60’s before Dudley left for New York, they have not been exhibited publicly. Murano spray paint allows for adherence of paint particles at a 45 degree angle, allowing for maximum light refraction.
Dudley followed the discrete paintings of his Murano series with an examination of installation: wall-hugging aluminum modules made in New York and then by a series of homasote sectional wall configurations. The aluminum modules were shown with John Doyle/Farideh Cadot Gallery, Paris (1981). These sets of flat aluminum rectangles, building blocks of minimalist industrial material, are able to be re-configured to call forth the artistic process that is yet unfinished.
A monochromatic red band of modular homasote transforms a corner of the front room to a fluid optical plane, responding to a green homasote pyramid opposite. In both works the compositional unit is truly both the homasote bands and the space in between, the synapse where information is collected. Dudley has made such recurrent installations since the 70s; the homasote works were first shown at Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf (1975)
Don Dudley lives and works in New York and Ulster County, NY. The artist wishes to thank Chris Dorland, Shirley Irons, Saul Ostrow and Simon Watson for their insights and advocacy.