“Lost & Found” brings together the work of a diverse group of artists tackling issues of authorship and objecthood in an expanded conversation with painting. Ross Tibbles, a recent London transplant, combines and re-presents detritus and images from an impressive collection- the crux of his work positions items into arrangements revealing signs of wear and tear. Jeffrey Tranchell also arranges everyday objects, in this case doorknobs and other pulls, and allows them to shine as they are. Tranchell’s doorknob assemblage and Tibbles actual full-sized door both cheekily comment on the push/pull in abstract painting and challenge painting as a “window onto the world”.
Jen Schwarting’s hybrid works integrate figurative images into a painted ground; her use of burlap, plexi-glass and painted wood frame create a generous textural reality in stark contrast to images sourced online, calling into question the permanence of images and our place in a technology driven society. Meanwhile, Aaron Williams skillfully interweaves digestible images from printed posters, dislocating the viewer, who must reckon with two scenes simultaneously, but neither fully, ostensibly commenting on the symptoms of a texting, googling, consumer society torn between the place they are in and the place they want to be. Cartoonish eyes peer out of a murky astral blob observing with childish anticipation, in Tamara Gonzales’s painting on paper; the loosely scrawled face in Wookie hovers, dislocated, dazed and hungry for more, more, more.
Art Guerra’s paintings are jewel-like: encrusted with bits of tires, glass powder, tinted beads, and pigment-- each square inch more captivating than the next. In Guerra’s hands, industrial materials are delightfully transformed into approachable artworks, so dense and layered they appear as products of nature. Guerra has spent decades honing his materials, and is good-hearted enough to share them with the rest of us, at his store Guerra Paint, located in the East Village.
Linnea Vedder-Shults takes a centered approach, exploring her materials viscerally, merging swirling feel-good finger paintings with the soft overlaying structure of formal painting, reminiscent in the work shown here, of Mondrian. Building his paintings with corrugated cardboard, which is sliced, flipped and layered, Daniel Tierney reveals the texture of the stuff we all know so well. When paint is applied, it is done so with a casual ease: scribbles and scrawls create a playful pattern that draws attention to the complex, multi-directional, underlying ground.
You are invited to enjoy this examination of painting with the same sense of discovery as the artists who made the work. For additional information or press images, contact Fran Holstrom directly at 917 370 5421 or the gallery at 212 732 6196.