ROD BARTON, London
Auf der Spitze des
18 July - 22 August 2009
Thursday 16th July, 6 - 9 pm
Michiel Ceulers, Bas van den Hurk, Daniel
Pasteiner, James Ryan
What is a painting and how can you
That is the most important question to ask when you
work as a painter. It is a discussion that seems to reappear
in every generation. Painting was only recently declared
'dead' and no longer 'valid' but it still thrives today.
If we look at the recent history of painting we can
see that it was off the map at Documenta X, no longer a topic
for consideration. Yet the painter's eye survived and appeared
in the form of non-physical new media and photography. When
the physicality of painting re-appeared in the mid nineties it
was dominated by the figurative.
Was painting actually returning to a conservative
figuration? Should its surface depict a recognisable
representation of the world? The answer to that question could
be as a negative opposition - abstract painting. We saw Mary
Heilmann 'become someone' and Tomma Abts win the Turner Prize.
Saatchi discovered 'Abstract America', and other institutions
put up 'Conversations on Abstract Painting'. It would be silly
to say that the institutional agendas are dictating the
perception of art, but one cannot deny that this clearly
illustrates that the reception and endless discussion about
painting being dead, or even conservative is wrong, quite the
contrary. Painting is still in a state of flux and
encouragingly ever changing.
These observations and questions on painting are
represented in this exhibition as a state of interplay between
abstraction and figuration. The four artists here are showing
a small section of what can be considered as expanded
Auf der Spitze des Eisbergs, a selection of works by
a generation of artists who work with paint today.
Michiel Ceulers studied his MA in
Painting at KASK, 2007-08, and his BA in Fine Art at KASK,
2004-06. He has recently accepted his place at the two-year
course at the Rijksacademie, in Amsterdam. The artist solo
presentation-opened Rod Barton Gallery in March this year and
he has exhibited widely in Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels. Later
this year Ceulers will also be presenting a solo exhibition at
his represented gallery Maes & Matthys Gallery in
Bas van den Hurk, the newest member
to the gallery is an international Dutch painter working with
paint and the found object. He has exhibited extensively in
various group exhibitions in Europe, North America and Japan;
most noticeably he recently participated in an exhibition at
the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Oaxaca, Mexico. His first
London solo exhibition is planned to be at the gallery in
Daniel Pasteiner graduated from the
Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture in 2007. July this year
sees Pasteiner open his first major solo exhibition at the
A-Foundation in Liverpool. Last year he had two solo
exhibitions; 'Twilight in the Anti-World' at Suzie Q Projects,
Bob Van Orsouw, Zurich, and 'Paintings of Colour' at Rod
Barton Invites, London.
James Ryan graduated Royal College
of Art, MA Painting 2007. 'Paintings', his debut solo show in
London opened last month at Studio 1.1 in Shoreditch.
'Parallax', was at the Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh in
2008 and he has been in a number of group shows include Light
Pollution at Rod Barton Invites, London and New
Contemporaries, London, Manchester, Walsall, 2007. In 2010, we
will see his first solo presentation at the gallery.
Bas van den Hurk
Oil on cloth and necklaces, 40 x 40 cm
Courtesy of the
artist and Rod Barton Gallery
London EC1V 7PA
+44 (0) 7989437214
Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich
25 June to 5 September 2009
Tanja Pol Galerie is
pleased to present Tasha Amini's first solo
show in Germany.
Amini often uses found images as a
starting point for her paintings, realised in a palette of
predominantly faint greens and greys, dark pink and purple,
but also using strong black and white contrasts.
The paintings of women (Dora Maar with
cigarette or surrounded by tulips, Joni Mitchell playing the
piano, Joan Baez) are not strict portraits or homages.
Compositional elements and details such as ribbons, stripes,
or flowers undermine the directness of the painting's sources.
The originals are either compelling as photographs in their
own right or come from Amini's archive, and so have a
psychological anchor. The process of turning the images into
paintings draws out their complexity and mystery.
The title of the show, WORRY
BEADS, stresses the melancholic aspect of some of the
works and of the women's biographies, but at the same time
conveys the notion of meditation and resulting comfort.
Tasha Amini, born 1970,
lives and works in London.
Selected exhibitions: Paintings,
D'Amelio Terras, New York 2008. Excellent Women, Kate
MacGarry, London, 2008, East International (selectors Matthew
Higgs and Marc Camille Chaimowicz) Norwich, 2007, Sunset in
Athens II, Vamiali's Athens, 2006.
Please note that the gallery is open only
by appointment during august.
oil on canvas
76 x 61 cm / 30 x 24
Tanja Pol Galerie
+49 89 18946486
Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York
18 June to 31 July 2009
Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of
Fin by Ross Chisholm. This is the
artist's first solo show in New York.
Ross Chisholm deconstructs traditional
notions of portraiture by meticulously painting figures from
found photographs and art reproductions, and then interrupting
them with visual breaks in the form of geometric abstractions,
loose brushwork, and thick dabs of paint. Using found, 35 mm
slides of English families on holiday, and historical
paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries as source material,
Chisholm distorts and isolates the figures until a fixed sense
of time and place is rendered ambiguous. The strange worlds
that emerge fracture the representational nature of painting,
further questioning the way in which memory and nostalgia are
Ross Chisholm (b. 1977) is
based in London and studied at Goldsmiths College and Brighton
University in the UK.. Solo exhibitions include IBID Projects,
London and Grieder Contemporary, Zurich, on occasion of which
a catalogue was published. Group exhibitions include Galerie
Akinci, Amsterdam; Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna; Marc
Jancou Contemporary, New York; Galerie Rudiger Schottle,
Munich; and Bloomberg Space, London.
Henrietta, Countess of Warwick Without Her Children.
Replaced. 1787", 2009
Oil on linen
Courtesy of Marc Jancou
Marc Jancou Contemporary
New York, NY 10012
+1 212 473 2100
DCKT Contemporary, New York
26 June 2009 to 22 Aug 2009
DCKT Contemporary is
pleased to present two solo exhibitions:
new paintings by CLAIRE
SHERMAN and new needlepoint works by MARIA E.
CLAIRE SHERMAN's paintings
address tragedy, romanticism and ambivalence through
landscape. Philosophical writings on the sublime and
existentialism influence her recent paintings depicting scenes
of vast open spaces, cliffs, ravines, rapids and other ominous
topography. The choice of landscape is deliberately
idiosyncratic; the scenes can be anywhere or anything:
tropical, arctic, lunar, or mundane. However, despite the
hopeful curiosity this variety implies, emptiness pervades
each environment. SHERMAN's approach is bold and painterly
with large sweeping brushstrokes, from thin to overly thick
areas of paint, as her images waver between abstraction and
SHERMAN lives and works in Chicago. Her
work is included in the Margulies Collection (Miami) and the
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland, KS). Recent solo
exhibitions include Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago) and Hof &
Huyser (Amsterdam). She was included in the group exhibition
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum
of Art (Purchase, NY) in 2008. SHERMAN has been selected as a
recipient of The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space
Program for 2009-10.
MARIA E. PIŅERES's
needlepoint works place the nude figure in an optical duel
with decorative arts. Tantalizing black and white nudes are
juxtaposed with the sharp bright colors borrowed and built
upon from wallpaper patterns of the glamorous Art Deco era,
questioning positive and negative space. The black, white and
grey figures emphasize both the nostalgic value of erotic
nudes of early men's "physique" periodicals and "girlie"
PIŅERES lives and works in Los Angeles.
Recent solo exhibitions include Walter Maciel Gallery (Los
Angeles). She was included in the group exhibitions Pricked:
Extreme Embroidery at the Museum of Arts & Design (New
York) and Celebrity at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary
Art (Scottsdale, AZ).
Weeds II, 2008
72 x 60in
Courtesy of DCKT Contemporary, New
New York, NY 10002
+1 212 741 9955
GO NORTH, Beacon NY
July 11 - July 26, 2009
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 6 - 9 PM,
preceded by a reading from writers Chris O Cook, Greg Fuchs,
Joe Millar, Chris Ross & Lauren Russell at 5 PM in the
GONORTH is very pleased to
present a solo exhibition of work by Jonathan
Allen entitled "Terminal Daydream". This is
Allen's first solo show with the gallery.
Jonathan Allen's collages and paintings
combine pop imagery, abstraction and propaganda to reflect the
contradictions of our current cultural and political climate.
His various media-oil/acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, and
newspaper and magazine cuttings-sometimes coalesce in formal
harmony, though more often they serve to diagram the
breakdowns triggered by irreconcilable clashes in perspective.
If culture is a language of forces operating in mixed
agreement-desire, ethics, history, money, power-then the
unlikely fusions in Allen's work represent a resonant voice in
the conversation of who we are now. That Allen achieves this
without sacrificing either aesthetic pleasure or contextual
intelligibility is a credit to his resourcefulness and care,
allowing for a dense and eccentric vision that lays bare our
culture's often jagged and convoluted messages.
Jonathan Allen holds a BA
in visual arts and art history from Columbia University. As
well as being a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
grant, Allen was chosen for the Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council's Swing Space residency program, as well as The Bronx
Museum of Art's Artist in the Marketplace program, and has
exhibited at numerous galleries in New York, including Caren
Golden Fine Art, Oliver Kamm/5BE, PS122 and Exit Art. His
work recently entered the Microsoft Art Collection and in 2009
was exhibited at Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen.. He lives
and works in Brooklyn and Queens.
Gallery hours: 12 - 6 PM Saturday and
Sunday, and by appointment.
Away we go
Paint & paper on paper
22 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Beacon NY 12508
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