Un-titled (Abstraction)
July 20 - August 28, 2010
Opening reception Saturday, July 24, 2010 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Un-titled (Abstraction)

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Jay Davis, Peter Demos, Shirley Kaneda, Clarence Morgan, Matthew Penkala and Ben Weiner that explores abstraction through optical illusions. Three of the artists do so by exploiting photographic properties, while the other three focus on form and the illusions provided by color and surface texture.

The works of Davis, Penkala and Weiner manipulate various aspects of photography to create unique abstractions. Davis’ paintings contain representational elements that are nearly photo-real, but become abstracted as they are collaged in surreal, dream-like settings with psychedelic overlays. Penkala investigates the dynamic potential of static objects that are digitally derived from his camera and presented on the canvas with dispersed particles of paint to imitate pixels and bits of information. Weiner’s paintings are of beauty and food products photographed at such extreme close range to abstract them beyond the point of recognition.

Kaneda, Morgan and Demos explore abstraction through form, color and surface texture. Kaneda’s paintings are fluid and dynamic, creating vibrations through overlapping undulating forms and gradations of color. Morgan moves between painting and drawing, using form, line, repetition and systems to create multi-faceted abstractions. Demos creates optical effects with the greatest economy of means, manipulating rectangular panels with a simple palette of black, white and grey that appear to move into or out of the wall given their matte or glossy surface quality.

Davis has had over a dozen solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago and has participated in over 37 group exhibitions internationally, including the Prague Biennale. His work is included in the Saatchi Collection and he is a recipient of the 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. Demos has exhibited with Deitch Studios and other galleries in New York, Chicago, Miami and Kansas City. Kaneda has exhibited in over 24 solo shows in New York, London, Paris, Miami, Chicago, Berlin, Sydney and Milan. Her work is in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art among other public collections. Morgan currently teaches painting in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, where he is professor and chair of the department. His work is included in the collections of the Cleveland Art Museum, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Art Institute. Penkala exhibits regularly in Los Angeles, Santa Fe and Detroit, and his work is in public and private collections. Weiner studied under Mexican muralist José Lazcarro and has worked closely with artists Jeff Koons, Kim Sooja and Amy Yoes as an assistant. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Puebla, Chicago, Miami and New Haven. His paintings can be found in the Sammlung Collection and Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collection.


Exhibited Work

You Can_t Stop Paddling Jay Davis
You Can't Stop Paddling
Acrylic on vinyl, stretched panel
2007
56 x 68 inches
 
Everything in that place scares the shit out of me _3 Jay Davis
Everything in that place scares the shit out of me #3
Acrylic and vinyl on vinyl, mounted on plexi
2007
30 x 24 inches
 
Everything in that place scares the shit out of me _6 Jay Davis
Everything in that place scares the shit out of me #6
Acrylic on vinyl, stretch on panel
2009
30 x 24 inches
 
Untitled (Bamboo collage) Jay Davis
Untitled (Bamboo collage)
Acrylic and vinyl on vinyl, mounted on plexi
2008
28 x 21 inches
 
Untitled 4 Peter Demos
Untitled 4
Acrylic on canvas
2009
53 x 45 inches
 
Untitled 2 Peter Demos
Untitled 2
Acrylic on polyester
2010
31 x 28 inches
 
Flexible Bias Shirley Kaneda
Flexible Bias
Oil on linen
2010
64 x 54 inches
 
Everyday Activity Clarence Morgan
Everyday Activity
Acrylic, black gesso, ink, graphite & collage on canvas over panel
2008
30 x 30 inches
 
Extravagant Formality Clarence Morgan
Extravagant Formality
Acrylic, black gesso, graphite, ink & collage elements on canvas over panel
2010
60 x 60 inches
 
Double Circuit Clarence Morgan
Double Circuit
Acrylic, black gesso, colored pencil, ink & collage on canvas over panel
2010
60 x 60 inches
 
Spatial Practice Clarence Morgan
Spatial Practice
Black gesso, acrylic, ink, collage & graphite on canvas over panel
2009
30 x 30 inches
 
Theoretical Figuration Clarence Morgan
Theoretical Figuration
Acrylic, black gesso, graphite, ink & collage elements on canvas over panel
2009
30 x 30 inches
 
Incomprehensible Matthew Penkala
Incomprehensible
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel
2009
60 x 60 inches
 
Caught between the stations Matthew Penkala
Caught between the stations
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel
2010
24 x 24 inches
 
Not just once_ not just twice Matthew Penkala
Not just once, not just twice
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel
2010
24 x 24 inches
 
Blink Your Eyes One For Yes_ Two For No Matthew Penkala
Blink Your Eyes One For Yes, Two For No
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel
2009
60 x 60 inches
 
As Your Blather Disappears Matthew Penkala
As Your Blather Disappears
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel
2009
60 x 60 inches
 
_H2O(l) ® H2O(g)__ (C6H9NO)n_ C3H8O2_ C28H20N2Na2O8S2 Ben Weiner
[H2O(l) ® H2O(g)], (C6H9NO)n, C3H8O2, C28H20N2Na2O8S2
Color video loop on HD LCD monitor
2010
26.5 x 40.5 x 4.5 inches
 
C18H32O2_ C20H30O2_ C10H16_ C22H20O13 Ben Weiner
C18H32O2, C20H30O2, C10H16, C22H20O13 (Carmen pigment, varnish, linseed oil, and turpentine)
Color video loop on HD LCD monitor
2010
26.5 x 40.5 x 4.5 inches
 
C3H8O2_ H2O_ NaC18H36O2_ C9H10O2_
C28H20N2Na2O8S2_ Ben Weiner
C3H8O2, H2O, NaC18H36O2, C9H10O2, C28H20N2Na2O8S2,
Oil on canvas
2010
32 x 48 inches
 

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