JULY 6 – AUGUST 25, 2012

MATERIAL ABSTRACTION
featuring

BOB SHAY: Rift
VINCENT FALSETTA: Cadence
LARRY THOMAS: Scrap
DAMON FREED: Indexing the Moment
MICHAEL SCHULTZ: Cyrpsis & Seductive Chaos

Opening Reception: First Friday, JUNE 6 | 7-9pm.
The artists will be present.



BOB SHAY: RIFT
Galaxy
19.5″ diameter
ceramic

Bob Shay is an artist who has always been obsessed with the material quality of clay. Originally from Brooklyn New york, Shay grew up with a backyard of apartment buildings and city street grids, It was only when Shay moved away from the city and saw the world through travel, that he began to fall in love with the landscape (and the anthropology) of rural America. His current work reflects the dissimilarity (or rift) between these two experiences and ways of seeing.



VINCENT FALSETTA: Indexing the Moment
DJ 12-02
35″x35″
oil on canvas

Texas painter, Vincent Falsetta, brushes, blends and drags thick juicy oil paint into oil paint to create multi-hued abstractions that pulse and move as though seismic activity, waves of sound, water or light. Falsetta paints with subtle variations of hand pressure, rhythm and speed, using tools such as cardboard and palette knives to form paintings that are equally object and illusion, deliberately planned and spontaneously improvised.



LARRY THOMAS: Cyrpsis & Seductive Chaos
Inconspicuous Emissary
56″x48″
mixed media on canvas

Larry Thomas creates paintings that are hybrids composed equally of paint and digital imagery. At first glance, the paintings seem abstract, full of rhythmic movement, texture and color. On closer inspection, subtle imagery and pattern emerge.



DAMON FREED: Cadence
Love
72″x72″
acrylic on canvas

Damon Freed’s paintings are a gift of joy and insight, their apparent simplicity as sophisticated as a paris night. Damon has art in his DNA. He grew up in an artist’s family nourished by paint and color as others are by home cooking. Art talk was as everyday as dinner conversation. However, make no mistake, his painting is clearly his own. He is his own artist.



MICHAEL SCHULTZ: Scrap
Arkansas
37″x29″”
photograph

Celebrated for his powerful photographs of industry, abandoned factories and machinery, artist Michael Schultz has spent the last year photographing the largest steel mills and factories in the world as a 2011 Fellow of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. For the exhibition Material Abstraction, Schultz has chosen photographs that show us beautiful ghosts, objects stripped of function, reduced to scrap and transformed through the power of his creative vision.


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