Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present On Paper, a conversation across media featuring John Cole’s photographs of stacked magazines from his “Full Bleed Series”, Lyn Horton’s lyrical pencil drawings on black rag paper, and vases made of porcelain that mimic the medium of the book by Janice Jakielski.
For his third show with Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Cole offers extreme close-ups of paper through his photographic exploration of seeping printer’s inks on magazines in his “Full Bleed Series”. The immediate impression is a brightly colored Gene Davis-like striped abstraction, but a second look reveals the recognizable layered pages with ink dripping off the edges. Some of the photographs have been printed up to six feet and the change in scale from the 8 ½” by 11” dimensions of the source material is in inverse relation to the ebbing presence of printed matter.
Horton’s playful swirling drawings have been exhibited at the gallery several times and her velvet lines inspired her commission for the State Department’s new American Embassy in Laos. This body of work, the “Cascade Series” continues with her obsessively drawn colored pencils, but this time on deckle-edged black rag paper making her expressive and elegant lines seem to float. Her drawings have the same mesmerizing quality as Cole’s photographs, although they are different representations of paper. DC raised, Lyn Horton is the granddaughter of a Treasury Secretary whose authoritative name was on the paper money - she is the latest familial iteration of signatures on paper and we can explore the significance that holds.
New to the gallery, Janice Jakielski makes vases out of porcelain that resemble pop-up books, adding a unique dimension to the conversation on paper. Jakielski explains the root of her work as her “love of all materials and the magical transformations that they could undergo,” thus she blends multiple processes in order to transform objects. Inventing a technique to use solid, breakable, earthly clay so delicately as to resemble paper is a feat in itself and the transformation complete. The vessels themselves look like drawings coming to life in three dimensions, page by page.
Contact Laura Pittman or Rebecca Cross 202.337.7970