May 17 - June 8, 2013
The exhibition results from an intuitive selection process that favored works and systems characterized by effortlessness in terms of approach, materials, resolution, or position. The exhibition presents the respective systems, proposing to view the work beyond what is visually present and to question their potential as things that allude to ideas, narratives, or physical weights.
The paintings of Kris Chatterson combine traditional abstract painting with an awareness of the brushstroke, applied through printed transfers of marks made on his computer or smartphone, which serve as processors in the image-making. Odalis Valdivieso's abstract watercolors result from an immediate labor, presenting formal aesthetics with a strong intent of demystifying the art-object. On the other hand, Robert Thiele utilizes material and opacity to embed an unsure sense of content or meaning, through wall mounted constructs incorporating blurred transparent elements that both reveal and distort the images within. In the case of another sculptor, Dave Hardy, sculptures are composed primarily of wood, foam, and glass. These common materials come together to create various forms, shifting between visual weights. Ryan Roa's site-specific Space Drawings also occupy volume, with wireframes created with easily obtainable bungee cords and hardware, graphically alluding to arbitrary planes within the gallery space. Conversely, April Street's Rope Paintings begin as paintings but are braided into seemingly functional objects, capped with bronze to keep them from unraveling, retracting them back into art-objects.