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EXHIBITIONS –
Sep 7-Oct 14, 2017 | opening Thur 7 Sep, 6-8pm:
Howard Podeswa: Still Life with Paper.
The works in this exhibition were originally inspired by The Subway Therapy Project – an installation of Post-It notes, placed by commuters on a wall in New York's Union Square subway station to express their feelings about the current state of affairs in the U.S. Rather than focus upon the text content of these messages, Podeswa explores the surface of their paper support in paint, focusing on the small clues that distinguish them from abstract shapes and identify them as "still lifes". This fascination with paper led Podeswa to further explore the fundamental issues of still life and observational painting. Included in this exhibition are the results of these explorations, including Still Life Exercises, a series of oil studies of sheets of paper that have been bent and shaped according to the instructions laid our in an early 20th-century art instruction manual ... more
Howard Podeswa: Still Life with Paper.
The works in this exhibition were originally inspired by The Subway Therapy Project – an installation of Post-It notes, placed by commuters on a wall in New York's Union Square subway station to express their feelings about the current state of affairs in the U.S. Rather than focus upon the text content of these messages, Podeswa explores the surface of their paper support in paint, focusing on the small clues that distinguish them from abstract shapes and identify them as "still lifes". This fascination with paper led Podeswa to further explore the fundamental issues of still life and observational painting. Included in this exhibition are the results of these explorations, including Still Life Exercises, a series of oil studies of sheets of paper that have been bent and shaped according to the instructions laid our in an early 20th-century art instruction manual.
Sep 7-Oct 14, 2017 | opening Thur 7 Sep, 6-8pm:
Balint Zsako: Blood Orange.
Blood Orange
is a series of paintings that examine questions of control and self-determination. With these works I want to look at these complicated contemporary issues through the representation of converging bodies. The large watercolor paintings on paper depict groupings of figures that interact and intersect. Rendered in everything from bright hues to gray monochromes, the figures change colour or density in the areas where they overlap. There are perfectly lined up eyes, heads, hands and feet, raising the question of whether the figures are synchronized in their action or struggle for control. Either way, the areas that the characters share is a new form that none of them truly owns. While the paintings depict open-ended narratives, the colours of the bodies and the way they overlap refer to both the conflict and unity inherent in struggles for identity and agency ... more
Balint Zsako: Blood Orange.
Blood Orange is a series of paintings that examine questions of control and self-determination. With these works I want to look at these complicated contemporary issues through the representation of converging bodies.
The large watercolor paintings on paper depict groupings of figures that interact and intersect. Rendered in everything from bright hues to gray monochromes, the figures change colour or density in the areas where they overlap. There are perfectly lined up eyes, heads, hands and feet, raising the question of whether the figures are synchronized in their action or struggle for control. Either way, the areas that the characters share is a new form that none of them truly owns.
While the paintings depict open-ended narratives, the colours of the bodies and the way they overlap refer to both the conflict and unity inherent in struggles for identity and agency.
Oct 19-Nov 25, 2017:
Micah Lexier: Here, Not Here.
For Lexier's 11th solo exhibition with Birch Contemporary the gallery space will become a minimalist environment, with the gallery's white walls supporting a series of carefully-placed arrows and accompanying texts. Here, Not Here started its life as a found image, one of thousands that Lexier has amassed as part of his archive of found imagery. With trademark restraint, Lexier transforms this image into a deceptively simple installation of image, text and context. Each of the gallery's four walls is a discreet artwork, yet each wall hosts the exact same elements, the only differences being colour and position. Together, the four walls coalesce into a cohesive installation that plays with repetition and subtle variation ... more
Micah Lexier: Here, Not Here.
For Lexier's 11th solo exhibition with Birch Contemporary the gallery space will become a minimalist environment, with the gallery's white walls supporting a series of carefully-placed arrows and accompanying texts. Here, Not Here started its life as a found image, one of thousands that Lexier has amassed as part of his archive of found imagery. With trademark restraint, Lexier transforms this image into a deceptively simple installation of image, text and context. Each of the gallery's four walls is a discreet artwork, yet each wall hosts the exact same elements, the only differences being colour and position. Together, the four walls coalesce into a cohesive installation that plays with repetition and subtle variation.