The Painting Center is pleased to present MATERIALISTS, a group exhibition of new works by Jeffrey Collins, Art Guerra, Nils Hill and Anders Knutsson. The exhibition will run from January 2 to January 25, 2014 with an opening reception on January 9, 6 – 8 pm. Materials have often been of particular importance to painters working in the abstract mode. The chosen materials are designated to define the work on the physical level as being an object - a thing rather than a picture. Each of these four painters strives to deeply understand their chosen material - be it a rare mineral, an ordinary tube paint or glass beads and old tires - in order to transform and explore new and unknown artistic possibilities. Monochrome, or “all-over painting”, has never been a formal style of painting or –ism. Timeless as far as modernism goes, it refers to a canvas covered in paint-material from edge to edge and from corner to corner, in which each area of the composition is given equal attention and significance. With an allover composition, one’s eyes are invited to wander the canvas from the top to the bottom, following lines, shapes, and colors. The monochrome is a form of democracy - one part or feature is not more important than another. As in space, there is no horizon.