. Walk-Through: "Going Big"on the Lower East Side
Atlanta in August is a bit hot for my Northeast sensibility, but when my longtime gallerist and friend, Marcia Wood, decided pretty much at the last minute to organize a show centered on geometric abstraction at her gallery, I was there. Drawing from her roster as well as some invited artists, Wood put together a fabulous show in her new midtown space. I'm in the show, so this is not a review or even a report, but a Walk-Through--a visual visit to the exhibition, which is up through September 5.
Update, August 26: "This inspired group show is situated somewhere between a trip into non-Euclidean spaces and the sort of mathematical surrealism Lewis Carroll inserted into Alice in Wonderland."--Jerry Cullum for ArtsATL
Panoramic view shot from the center of the gallery looking toward the entrance. Click pic to enlarge
With the entrance at my left shoulder and the office at my back, I'm going to take you on a clockwise tour of this front gallery and then of the large middle gallery, and then of a cozy back gallery.
From left: Scott Eakin; on right wall: Justin Rabideau, Jeff Conefry, Kevin Finklea
Scott Eakin, Broken Color Series #18, acrylic on panel; gallery photo
Justin Rabideau, Filling in the Blanks, salvaged wood shims and plaster
Jeff Conefry, Untitled "Support", acrylic and panel
Kevin Finklea, Free Falling Divisions #18, poplar-clad poplar on birch veneer
We're in the middle gallery now, looking toward the front. That's Scott Eakin's painting in the distance. Here from left: Clark Derbes, Finklea, Frances Barth, Conefry
Clark Derbes, Hunter, carved and polychromed elm
Continuing along that first long wall: Finklea, Barth, Conefry, Mary Judge, Richard Harris
Kevin Finklea, Geary Street, acrylic on sapelle
Frances Barth, This is "hideaway," acrylic and ink on panel; gallery photo
Jeff Conefry, Untitled "Flat"
Mary Judge, Dome Deco II, oil on canvas
Clark Derbes carved and polychromed elm sculpture, Aldous, with Harris, Finklea and Derbes on the wall behind
Kevin Finklea, For the Will of Persephone #2, acrylic on Baltic plywood
Clark Derbes, Gregory, carved and polychromed silver maple
Stepping back to see three additional pieces, described below:
Clark Derbes, Moses, carved and polychromed maple
Duncan Johnson, Tusk, wood
Jeff Conefry, Untitled, acrylic
With Derbes's totemic Aldous in the foreground (and note the color shift in this different view), we turn to the third wall of the main gallery . . .
Scott Eakin, Justin Rabidean, Joanne Mattera
Moving into the corner . . .
Joanne Mattera, Bask, encaustic on panel (triptych) and . . .
. . . Chromatic Geometry 6, encaustic on panel
We're now facing the fourth wall of the gallery
Gudrun Mertes-Frady, High Wire, oil and metallic pigments on linen
(I shot it from an angle so that you can see the metallic shimmer of the line)
Before we exit the gallery we're going to do an about face and walk to the back gallery . . .
. . . where we see the work of Richard Harris, Tom Flowers, Justin Rabideau, Duncan Johnson, and Scott Eakin
Justin Rabideau, Shim #7
Tim Flowers, Imprint (ELB), oil on panel; gallery photoInstallation below
We're walking back out. I put this panorama in because I love the way it shows the space, as well as the placement and scale of the work
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In the office: Eakin, Derbes, Conefry
Jeff Conefry, Two Stripe, acrylic and linen on panel
As a participant and viewer, I can say that I appreciate the finely crafted and finished, with Kevin Finklea's sculptures a prime exponent; the handcrafted with a strong sense of the hand, as Clark Derbes's and Duncan Johnson's works demonstrate; and a strong provisional sensibility, as evidenced in the work of Jeff Conefry and Justin Rabideau.
Wood has selected paintings that are more generally precise in their angles and curves, but Frances Barth's abstraction evinces an organic rigor, and I must thank Wood for suggesting we bring out a large triptych of mine from storage in which intuition rather than measurement was the guiding force.
And did I mention that I love the title of the show? August Geometry is not just a late-summer exhibition but one in which geometric abstraction is celebrated, maybe even exalted.
More info on the gallery website and Facebook page.