february 17 – march 24, 2018
reception: saturday, february 17, 3-6pm
The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of sculpture titled pools by Steve Currie. This will be his sixth solo exhibition with the gallery.
In a statement about this current body of work Currie writes:
“This group of small sculptures expands on the dense hydrostone components that were the counterpoint to the ephemeral wire matrixes in the "Gone Fishing" show of three years ago. I have chosen to pursue an interest in dense, architectonic sculpture as opposed to the deconstructed volumes I had been working on for a few years.
This direction was reinforced on a visit to The Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg where I came upon a Malevich sculpture titled "Alpha Architecton”. It is entirely white, solid, geometric and of a single material. I was struck by the simplicity of material and the complexity of form. I saw in it a parallel to the hydrostone components in my wire tangles and decided to investigate this shared concern.
Fused with this realization is a fascination with architectonic structures and memories of growing up with an architect father who was always renovating the many houses we lived in. The processes of constructing things has always been integrated into my life.
Combine this desire to build with recent observation on my daily walks along the river where I live. I see large quantities of earth being removed leaving voids in the landscape. In those voids systems of concrete forms are developed. This concrete casting process has influenced my thinking in the studio. I make molds that are filled with liquids that solidify, in this case hydrostone and beeswax. To make the molds the thinking and forming process is the reverse of the final form and the molds are destroyed in the process of casting and de-molding. The molds are far more complex structures than the sculptures.
The color pools inside the sculptures are in part references to my early attempts to use color on sculpture in the form of pigmented wax. In the current efforts the wax and hydrostone basins could be a reference to both pools in architectural situations or the container held in the Chacmool figures of Mesoamerican Art. The pools being a substitute for the Chacmool's container of sacrificial offerings exist at the boundaries between the physical and mystical realms. Other structures, such as the Inca Moray Ruins in Peru with its terraced stone depressions, or the Hoover Dam with its concrete mass pressed against the reservoir of water, are influential as well.”
The gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 6th floor and is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 6 pm. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 17th, from 3-6 pm.
For further information contact Miles Manning at 212 463-9666.Brett Baker
February 17 – March 24, 2018
Reception: Saturday, February 17, 3¬-6 pm
The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Brett Baker. This will be the artist's third exhibition with the gallery. The show will be up from February 17 to March 24. An opening reception for the artist will be held Saturday, February 17 from 3-6 pm.
Baker’s intensely worked paintings are characterized by an unusually physical interplay of drawing and color. He builds each painting over several years, layering and removing rows of vertical and diagonal marks of muted, intense color. Critic Jed Perl, describing Baker’s work, has noted, “Their tight-¬packed, elongated rectangular forms—which are invariably based on a rather simple grid—bring to mind some of the layered compositions of Paul Klee as well as some of the textiles of Anni Albers.”
Where Baker’s previous paintings evoked his immediate surroundings by incorporating perceptual color, his new works seek more direct accountability to subject while remaining relentlessly abstract. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a large-¬scale painting titled Aquarium (2017¬2018). Following a tradition of artists inspired to paint this subject, including Matisse, Klee and Balthus, Baker draws on observations from the motif to enliven and disrupt the expected regularity of the grid. The resulting paintings become dynamic, abstract environments infused with and energized by nature.
The artist writes: “The question I’m trying to answer is how does one begin and end in abstraction and still realize a true and real impression of the world beyond the painting?”
Brett Baker lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned an MFA in Painting from Boston University and his awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been featured and reviewed in The New York Review of Books, The New Criterion, Two Coats of Paint and many other blogs and publications. In addition to being an artist, he is the editor of Painters’ Table (painters¬table.com), an online painting magazine; he also writes frequently about art.
The gallery is located at 529 West 20th St., 6th Floor and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11-6pm.
For further information contact Miles Manning at 212 463¬966