Muriel Guépin Gallery is pleased to announce a new group show featuring the artwork of James Greco, Holly Miller, Audrey Stone and Robert Walden.
James Greco is a conceptualist whose work with and against the cliché of abstract painting has developed into an ongoing series of paintings entitled “Death Blows”. Heavy swathes of matte black that dominates each painting, creating a death blow, which functions multi-dimensionally. It is both positive and negative. It is at once a blot, a wound, a scar, an opening, a hole, a void - exposing as much as it obscures. It draws attention to the uselessness of the painting beneath it. Before the death blow, the work is antiquated - painterly, nostalgic, and gestural. James Greco’s methodology destroys those qualities, and eliminates the possibility for further engagement with any romantic decision-making.
Holly Miller’s wall drawings are executed with nails, thread, paint and shadow that underscore the simplicity and expansiveness of her work. She starts with arrangements of painted nails on the wall and follows the shadows they generate with thread. These installations and smaller work on canvases express themselves as quirky architectural constructions/drawings. The work is tactile and optical. Miller is interested in thread for its linear properties and its relation to drawing. It carries a suggestive association to connection, continuity and tension while retaining an ethereal poetry. Taken as a whole, Miller’s art springs to life through the poetry of line—reaffirming the viability of an art grounded in everyday existence and personal intuition.”
Audrey Stone uses a combination of thread, ink and graphite to explore what defines a line. At first glance, the lines appear identical with little or no variation from each other. Upon closer inspection it becomes clear that some lines are sewn into the page and others are drawn in ink or graphite. Hand/eye coordination is challenged: how straight can a drawn line be? The drawn line reveals the natural instability of the hand, a human element, which Audrey has aimed to maintain in her work.
Robert Walden creates ontological road maps that suggest aerial views or maps of elaborate urban zones complete with housing developments, industrial areas, and business districts. Each drawing is not only a finished work that represents a place, but it is also a reflection of the hand of the artist, the act of making lines. Each of these drawings involves a labor-intensive process where much time is needed for construction and development. Once the drawing is complete, it is a picture of time. The result yields fine, delicate lines that constitute his webs of transit networks.