FEBRUARY 21 – APRIL 4, 2015
TERRITORY OF ABSTRACTION
Painting | Work on Paper | Sculpture
ROB DE OUDE
OPENING RECEPTION with GUEST SPEAKER JOANNE MATTERA
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 4 – 6:30 PM | Discussion begins at 5 PM.
Guest Speaker, Joanne Mattera | Writer, Blogger, Curator & Artist.
As a writer, Joanne is the author of The Art of Encaustic Painting (Watson-Guptill, 2001) and the ongoing Joanne Mattera Art Blog. She also contributes to the quarterly Surface Design Journal. As a curator, she brings together mid-career artists working in a variety of themes and mediums. She curated shows in New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; Cambridge, MA; Summit, NJ; and more. Lastly as an Artist, her works are in the collections of the Montclair Art Museum, NJ; the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; the U.S. State Department, as well as numerous university, corporate and private collections. Mattera holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and a MA from Goddard College, Plainfield.
Pentimenti Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of TERRITORY OF ABSTRACTION, a group show of new works by twelve artists. The exhibition opens on February 21 and runs through April 4, 2015. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 21 from 4 – 6:30 pm, with a discussion conducted by guest speaker, Joanne Mattera at 5 PM.
TERRITORY OF ABSTRACTION will feature the work of artists that share an interest in geometry, color, pattern, and repetition. Yet, despite the material and optical similarities each artist approaches their work with a distinct purpose and context, commenting on a variety of subjects such as architecture, space, psychology, and illusion. When put together their work showcases the expansive nature of contemporary abstract art, and the potential content of relatively simple forms.
STEVEN BARIS | Painting
Steven Baris is interested in spaces that are designed to be placeless. The artist explains, “In my paintings and projects I conjure a sense of space that is highly elastic and ambiguous. I aim to juggle and confound those key oppositions that underpin spatial coherence: those basic binaries such as close distant, container-contained, surface-depth, and opaque-transparent.”
Steven Baris received his MFA from Temple University. He has studied in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at the Instituto Allende. Baris has had solo shows at the Abington Art Center, Abington, PA; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; Butters Gallery, Portland, OR and University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. He has been featured in group exhibitions at the following institutions: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; International Biennial of Non Objective Art, Pont de Claix, France; Kunstlerhaus Dosenfabrik, Hamburg, Germany; Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburg, PA; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and more.
ROB DE OUDE | Painting & Works on Paper
Rob de Oude’s paintings are composed of meticulously placed repeated lines. He focuses on color, rhythm, and composition and searches for an intuitive balance between geometric shapes and patterns. He states, “These types of juxtapositions between intuition and methodology, are part of seeking a sense of orchestrated balance, with a single line as the building unit.”
Rob de Oude studied painting, sculpture and art history at the Hoge School voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and SUNY Purchase, NY. He has shown in the US and abroad, notably at: Galerie Gourvennec Ogor, Marseille, France; Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY; McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY; BRIC Rotunda, Brooklyn, NY; Galerie van den Berge, Goes, NL; City Ice Arts, Kansas City, MO; and has participated in several art fairs in New York, Miami and Paris. De Oude has been featured a.o. in the NY Post; L Magazine; Artnet Magazine; NYArts Magazine; The New Criterion; Bushwick Daily; ARTNews and has been noted by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the 100 influential people in Brooklyn culture.
EDGAR DIEHL | Painting
Edgar Diehl creates precisely designed geometrical paintings on aluminum supports. The aluminum is often bent or contorted to emphasis the pattern and each work utilizes a limited palette, carefully chosen for its reactivity. The outcome is a perceptual puzzle. Which, when the viewer attempts to solve, can force a sudden awareness of light, color, space, and the subjective nature of vision.
Edgar Diehl studied Painting, Wall Painting, and Art Theory at the Stadel Academy of Visual Arts, Frankfurt, Germany. He has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the US, with notable shows at Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel; Art Amsterdam; and Bunsen Goetz Galerie, Nuremberg. His work is included in numerous collections around the globe.
GABRIELE EVERTZ | Painting
“In my work simple geometric elements function as formal units and are intended to de-emphasize references to objects. Likewise, with a non-compositional approach a focus can be evaded. Aesthetic content is derived from precisely painted colors that range from close-valued grays to the intensely chromatic. Purest hues of the spectrum contrasted or assimilated with tones of achromatic mixtures, set sequentially in vertical progressions, often reveal temporal effects of sensations of light.”
Gabriele Evertz has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally with notable shows: The University of Alabama, AL; the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA, Long Island City, NY; Frost Museum, Miami, FL; and the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Germany. She has also received numerous awards such as the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence, 2012; the DAAD grant in 2002, 2003, and 2005; and participated in the Maturity in Art, Panel Discussion, at the Po Kim and Silvia Wald Foundation, NY. Evertz received her MFA in Painting from Hunter College, NY, NY.
KEVIN FINKLEA | Painting & Sculpture
Finklea uses previously cut lumber, mixed paint from former projects, as well as pieces of crates and end stock to create his sculptural works. Conversely, his paintings focus only on color, and feature a solid hue on canvas. Both styles are direct, without attention to memories, narratives, or past histories. By unburdening himself of the expectation that the past brings, his creative motto has become: glue it, screw it, and paint it.
Kevin Finklea received his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Tyler School of Art (1982). His most recent exhibitions include: the Eagle Gallery, London, England; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN; Reuten Galerie, Amsterdam, Holland; Conny Dietzchold Gallery, Sydney, Australia; and the Ice Box/Crane Building in Philadelphia, PA. His work can be found in many private and public collections: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Bridgepoint Capital Limited, London, England; and Wilmington Trust Fund, New York.
ENRICO GOMEZ | Painting & Work on Paper
“Enrico Gomez creates acrylic, ink and watercolor works on stretched paper, paper, and panel based on abstracted letterform and calligraphic line. Taking his inspiration from sources as disparate as socio-political headlines, Japanese calligraphy, idioms of Latino & Queer culture and Buddhist & Judeo-Christian sacred texts, Enrico Gomez explores and obfuscates our most basic forms of inter-personal connection.”
Enrico Gomez has exhibited across the United States with notably shows: Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Art Mint, New York, NY; The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; and the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Museum, New York, NY. Gomez has been featured in many publications including: Art F city; Brooklyn Magazine; New York Magazine; and Hyperallergic. He is an active curator, organizing shows in throughout New York.
BRENT HALLARD | Painting
Brent Hallard’s works manipulate space and perception using simple arrangements of geometric forms. Yet, Hallard also strives to keep his work grounded and “push against the more pure concerns of abstraction” by incorporating humor and ‘everydayness’. In turn, his works assume a playful ambiguity, which is compounded by his use of bright colors.
Brent Hallard has recently participated in Hard-Edge Abstraction Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, New York; KOBE Biennale 2011, Kobe, Japan; Sugarmountain 2, Galerie van den Berge, Goes, NL, curated by Clary Stolte; Gifting Abstraction, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY, NY, curated by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz; 1st International Festival of Non-Objective Art Pont de Claix, Grenoble, France; Plane Speaking McKenzie Fine Art, NY, NY, curated by Valerie McKenzie; Informal Relations Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), curated by Scott Grow; and Recent Movements in Non-objective Art Reuten Galerie, NL.
GILBERT HSIAO | Painting
Gilbert Hsiao works revolve around philosophical questions of experience and consciousness. Specifically, he wonders “whether we can be conscious of experience for which we have no words?”. Using music as inspiration, Hsiao sets out to create visual experiences that have not yet been catalogued into our minds.
Gilbert Hsiao has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including notable shows: MINUS SPACE, NY; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MA; Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn, Germany; and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/Museum of Modern Art, NY. Hsiao is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Space Award from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Hsiao received his BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
GRACIA KHOUW | Painting
Gracia Khouw works explore language, both visual and auditory. She creates minimal geometrical arrangements in which our comprehension of letters and their symbolic meaning is disturbed. Similar to how a word can loose it’s meaning when repeated, Khouw’s images float between purely geometrical designs and readable letters and symbols.
Gracia Khouw has exhibited extensively internationally with notable exhibitions: the RAW Art Fair, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Supermarket 2012, Stockholm, Sweden; and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, US. She is included in private collections worldwide and is the recipient of The Stokroos Foundation Grant, and Frans Masereel Center Residency, Kasterlee, Belgium. Gracia Khouw attended the Academy the Arts Rotterdam (now Willem de Kooning Academy) and the Academy for Industrial Design Eindhoven.
JOANNE MATTERA | Painting
“The grid has long provided the conceptual underpinning of my painting. In the new series, Chromatic Geometry, I’ve skewed the conventional 90-degree structure of the grid so that it has become a field of attenuated diamonds integral to the physical structure of the painting. Formally I’m thinking about the division of the diamonds into greater or lesser amounts, allowing me to resolve relationships of color and shape. Each little triangular shape acts is a fulcrum or wedge that affects the equipoise of the field.”
Joanne Mattera has exhibited extensively across the US with notable shows: the Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA; the Arden Gallery, Boston, MA; U.S. State Department, Harry S. Truman Building, Washington. D.C; Space Gallery, Denver, CO; Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; and Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey. She is very active as an educator, writer, and speaker and her works are included in numerous museum and corporate collections across the United States. Mattera holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and a MA in Visual Art from Goddard College, Vermont. She is a newly elected member of American Abstract Artists.
MEL PREST | Painting
“My work shifts and changes in response to light and proximity. I layer conflicting personal references, such as fog colors, music, fabric and thought patterns, to create a new shape-space. I want spontaneity and chance to influence the outcome and direction of each piece.”
Mel Prest has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe with notable exhibitions: The Sam & Adele Golden Gallery, New Berlin, N;, ParisCONCRET, Paris, FR; San Francisco State University, CA; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA. She is the recipient of several honors including: a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and residencies at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, NY, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Prest received her MFA from Mills College in 1999, and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. *add more*
DEBRA RAMSEY | Works on paper
“My artwork is conceptually rigorous and process-oriented. With a faithful allegiance to geometry and its capacity to reveal profound truths, I work with mathematical logic to generate or guide form in precise ways. The idea comes first; the search for materials, methods and procedures that will best support the idea follows.”
Debra Ramsay has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe with notable exhibitions at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; NYIT School of Architecture and Design, NY; the Bruce High Quality Foundation, NY, NY; Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY; Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ; MAT/tam, Palazzo Costa, Mantova, Italy, curated by Lucio Pozzi (solo). Ramsay was awarded a 2016 residency at the Albers Foundation; a 2013 residency at the Golden Foundation in New Berlin, NY and in 2012 a fellowship at BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy. Ramsay holds a BA from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
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