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is pleased to announce the opening of their 5th season with ACCUMULATION
a group exhibition focusing on the cumulative effects of
the repetitive act in artmaking. In keeping with the mission of
the CliffordSmith Gallery, this exhibition showcases the
work of artists who are were born, educated or are now working
locally alongside that of artists from around the globe, and balances
the work of emerging artists fresh out of the starting gate with
that of artists who have been included in such prestigious exhibitions
as the Whitney and Sao Paolo Biennials. There will be a reception
for the artists on Friday, September 13th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
the imagery, materials and method of the nine artists in the exhibition
vary widely, each artist shares a common obsession with repetition
and patterning and the cumulative effect of the repetitive mark.
A more subtle (and not always visually apparent) commonality exists
in the recurring use of mundane objects (string, nails, pencil
nubs, ballpoint pen, a typewriter, or a slab of drywall) in the
quest for an ordered perfection. In most cases, the quotidian
object remains obscured as the process is subjugated to the sublime
imagery that results.
/ Bury / Red / Blue (6), 2002
and flashe on canvas
of the artists work out complex, near mathematical operations in the
application of the individual line or mark. Christopher
Broughton uses a straight line created by a string dipped
in paint. Gerhard Mayer follows a self-imposed set of rules
that dictate the number of elliptical lines made each time he touches
the paper with a draftsmans stencil. Taney Roniger punches
nail holes using a template she creates, rotates and reuses in an
ordered succession of moves. Yet the key to the success of these artists
work is in the lyricism of the imagery that belies the rigorous method.
Broughtons straight lines create swirling curved architectural
references; Mayers curves often form explosive fragmented images
of great depth; and Ronigers holes form subtle grids and gently
pulsing patterns across a silver plane of stainless steel paint.
Oil, nail hoes
paint on panel
30" x 46"
in the exhibition have a more organic approach to repetition and pattern
by allowing chance and the freedom of the hand to intervene between
artist and image. Tara Donovan draws thousands of tiny circles with
a ball point pen the image resulting in a stylized plume of
smoke or a sort of strange, yet lovely, flower.
pen on paper
on image for detail)
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