(Un)Real
Featuring: Michele Bubacco, Angela Fraleigh, David Humphrey, Martin Mull and Claire Sherman
Curated by Mary Dinaburg and Howard Rutkowski

July 28 - September 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 31, 2015 5:00 - 7:00 PM

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David Richard Gallery is pleased to present (Un)Real, a group exhibition featuring new figurative paintings by Michele Bubacco, Angela Fraleigh, David Humphrey, Martin Mull and Claire Sherman. This presentation, curated by Mary Dinaburg and Howard Rutkowski, will be presented July 31 - September 26, 2015. There will be an opening reception with the curators on Friday, July 31, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and a gallery discussion on Saturday, August 1 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The gallery is located at 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

The exhibition, (Un)Real, debuts the gallery’s figuration program and introduces five new artists to the roster. These artists all start with familiar imagery or situations as a point of departure. Then, each takes it in a different direction, using their unique approaches to painting and imbuing the works with conceptual content that challenge our point of view. This presentation and the work of these artists is less about representation, but more about the history of painting and cultural and conceptual parallels with abstraction. Not only are these paintings visually aesthetic on the surface, but there is a story and history behind each, providing much more than visual depth.

Michele Bubacco has a raw, gestural approach to painting, with deliberate strokes and a reductive palette that captures the anguish and despair of the figures. The scenes are chaotic, some psychologically disturbing, with imagery that ranges from sexually ambiguous to somewhat aggressive that creates intrigue and mystery with respect to the character’s orientation and situation. Bubacco was born in 1983 on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy and currently resides in Vienna, Austria. After studying painting with the Venetian artist Alessandro Rossi from 2002 until 2004, Bubacco opened a studio in Murano and began to take part in exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe. A major highlight was the mounting of the monumental painting “Crimson Orchestra” at a satellite exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2011.

Angela Fraleigh’s newest work reconsiders the classic female nude by taking figures from Baroque and Rococo paintings and reexamining their surroundings, attire and gaze. Her paintings are more than sumptuous and beautiful, they also touch upon feminist concerns. By taking the figures out of their objectified and sensual roles, she reveals different possible readings and narratives for the female characters, giving them individuality and confidence. Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Boston University. She has exhibited widely at numerous venues across the US including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX. Fraleigh was awarded several artist-in-residence programs, including the CORE program, MFAH, TX, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium.

Emerging in the 1970s, David Humphrey’s paintings come out of Postmodernism. They are hard to categorize with their combination of cartoonish figures, Pop Art sensibility, Surrealism and gestural abstraction. Yet, his unique visual language brings figuration and abstraction together to challenge perceptions and assumptions. In his 35 year career, Humphrey has exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He has been a recipient of the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome in 2008, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. Humphrey’s artworks are included in the permanent collections of: Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, OH; Denver Art Museum, CO; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

The photo real paintings of Martin Mull critique the idealized Post-War American dream of a safe and happy home life. Those who had the good fortune to realize that dream are paired in his paintings with those who did not, by using a clever device of juxtaposing the two extreme lives in full color versus half tones. Mull studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has had numerous solo exhibitions across the US. His artworks are included in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others.

Claire Sherman’s paintings are rooted in the American landscape tradition. However, she does not try to capture the grandure and heroic scale of the outdoors in her artworks. Instead, she focuses on the details in the trees and rocks, transforming them into abstractions that allow the viewer to get lost in the building blocks of the landscape and open another world of possible readings. Sherman studied at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She has exhibited across the US and in Europe with 14 solo exhibitions and her work included in numerous private and corporate collections. Sherman has received many fellowships and residencies and her artwork reviewed in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and Chicago Tribune, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girotondo in tre quarti Michele Bubacco
Girotondo in tre quarti
Oil and collage on paper
2014
25.5 x 57 inches
 
3.33 Periodico Michele Bubacco
3.33 Periodico
Oil and collage on wood
2014
63 x 78.75 inches
 
The Addiction Michele Bubacco
The Addiction
Oil and collage on wood
2015
62.5 x 45.25 inches
 
The Addiction Michele Bubacco
The Addiction
Oil and collage on wood
2015
62.5 x 45.25 inches
 
Prove d_Orchestra Michele Bubacco
Prove d'Orchestra
Oil and collage on cardboard
2015
27.5 x 40.5 inches
 
Il Ballo Michele Bubacco
Il Ballo
Collage, Enamel and Oil on Canvas
2014
68.75 x 86.5 inches
 
From These Your Future Song May Rise Angela Fraleigh
From These Your Future Song May Rise
oil, alkyd and metal leaf on canvas
2014
36 x 24 inches
 
Saturn_s Moons Angela Fraleigh
Saturn's Moons
oil, alkyd and metal leaf on canvas
2015
36 x 48 inches
 
Watching the Moon Move Angela Fraleigh
Watching the Moon Move
Oil on canvas
2015
48 x 60 inches
 
Through the Half Drowned Stars Angela Fraleigh
Through the Half Drowned Stars
Oil on canvas
66 x 90 inches
 
The Breezes at Dawn Have Secrets to Tell Angela Fraleigh
The Breezes at Dawn Have Secrets to Tell
Oil and Siverleaf on Canvas
90 x 66 inches
 
Cement Truck David Humphrey
Cement Truck
Acrylic on canvas
2014
60 x 72 inches
 
Shutterbugs David Humphrey
Shutterbugs
Acrylic on canvas
2014
60 x 72 inches
 
Sculptor David Humphrey
Sculptor
Acrylic on canvas
2014
44 x 54 inches
 
Posing David Humphrey
Posing
Acrylic on canvas
2014
22 x 30 inches
 
Pink Couch David Humphrey
Pink Couch
Acrylic on canvas
2014
60 x 72 inches
 
Fatherly Advice Martin Mull
Fatherly Advice
Oil on linen
2014
40 x 30 inches
 
The Inheritance Martin Mull
The Inheritance
Oil on linen
2014
36 x 60 inches
 
Happy Hour Martin Mull
Happy Hour
Oil on linen
2015
40 x 60 inches
 
Foreplay Martin Mull
Foreplay
Graphite on paper
2013
12.75 x 18 inches
 
Claire Sherman
Dirt VII
Oil on canvas
2013
48 x 54 inches
 
Claire Sherman
Pool
Oil on canvas
2015
36 x 42 inches
 
Hole III Claire Sherman
Hole III
Oil on canvas
2009
35 x 42 inches
 
Dirt III Claire Sherman
Dirt III
Oil on canvas
2013
54 x 48 inches
 

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