Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art is pleased to present Sight Unseen, a summer group exhibition of works on paper. Featured artists include Dan Attoe, Kirsten Deirup, Shawn Kuruneru, and Frank Magnotta. With the exception of Portland-based Attoe, all are based in New York City and rarely exhibited in the Bay Area.
These artists offer an array of different modes of seeing; some complementary, some sharply contrasted, all generating a broad diversity of internal dialogues that fuel the creative process. The resulting images on paper, be they made with paint, ink, graphite, or gouache, embody emotional interpretations and expressions of movement, memory, and projection. Uniting them all is a dedication to craft and a penetrating visual scrutiny of surroundings as observed, remembered or imagined.
Deirup’s carefully executed, quasi-surreal depictions of objects and scenes that have no counterpart in reality create a sense of peering through a window to observe an inner mind, while Magnotta’s highly rendered still life tableaux are instilled with an equally compelling sense of the unreal. Kuruneru’s studies of dogs and dancing women echo layered captures of each image the eye perceives (or mind remembers) in observing a single movement, with a staccato and haze of associations. These are complemented by Attoe’s constellations of thought, hovering like projected ruminations over landscapes.