For Immediate Release
curated by Shinsuke Aso
Denise DeSpirito, Stosh Tokarski, Joseph Woolridge, Scosha Woolridge
July 11 - August 16, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, July 11th, 6-8pm
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat, 11am -6pm
TOBEY FINE ARTS is pleased to present Irregular Patterns, a group exhibition of works by Denise DeSpirito, Stosh Tokarski, Joseph Woolridge and Scosha Woolridge.
The patterns that can be seen in these artists' works not only show certain rules of the creative process but also reflect a certain nature of human beings. Our lives are systemized in society and are constructed upon common sense and rules. As individuals gather and create a society, our drive to belong is delicately balanced against our need for uniqueness. The elements in these artists' works look similar reflecting that balance but all have a unique character. As a result, the works appear both systematic and expressionistic simultaneously.
Denise DeSpirito depicts a myriad of images that are captured from her everyday life. From daily walks, subway rides, flipping through magazines and internet surfing, she accepts random encounters with the images, draws them with fine line one on top of the other to create a delicate visual bombardment, the effect being both a portrait of New York City and a map of her life.
Stosh Tokarski begins his painting with a concept. The artist decides the basic colors and shapes that he wishes to repeat before he starts the painting. These rules are then immediately subject to being bent and broken as he sees fit. When the work is finished, the original concept remains intact while the imperfections create a dynamic tension that otherwise could not have been achieved.
Joseph Woolridge analyzes the physicality of the number "2" as one stroke which consists of a round curve, a pointy corner and a straight line. Woolridge converts the universal symbol to a visual language, obsessively accumulates the "2" stroke with thin layers of opaque oil paint on canvas and creates exciting, gestural paintings.
Scosha Woolridge turns discarded spools of cotton into unique sculptures by coating them with multi-colored beeswax. These originally mass-produced spools retain certain characteristics depending on their usage. Woolridge emphasizes these characteristics and juxtaposes them both as group and individual.
Irregular Patterns opens at Tobey Fine Arts at 580 Broadway on July 11th, and continues through August 16, 2008. For further information on the exhibition please call (212) 431-7878 or visit www.tobeyfinearts.com.
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