Volta13 Markt Halle, Basel, Switzerland, Booth C-13, June 12 - 17, 2017
George Lawson Gallery is pleased to be presenting two solo booths, one for New York and Massachusetts based photographer Susan Mikula and one for New York based painter Michael Voss.
Susan Mikula shows selections from her new series, Kilo, chromogenic prints on matte paper. She exploits an intentionally softened focus along with the surface incident and constrained color palette from using original and third-party Polaroid film stock. Her psychologically charged imagery is open to interpretation, drawn from sources as disparate as American industry, stock car races, children’s toys and the faces of those in her immediate circle. Mikula tends to work on serial projects. Her previous series address similar overarching concerns, each with a fresh motif. In the latest, Kilo, she records an afternoon spent with two young women in a vacant interior. The title stems from Mikula’s use the military alphabet code to title her work after a series develops. Kilo was next in the sequence, and appropriately, is the international navigation symbol code for “I wish to communicate with you.” With this simple device, Mikula explores tethers of identity and balances of power. Through narrative sub-texts, she charts the big questions, always with a view to the individual’s place in the larger scheme of things. Her imagery swings between decadence and regeneration, casting contemporary life as a perennial condition, outside of time. Kilo is Mikula’s most personal and intimate body of work to date, and seems an apt response to the vulnerabilities many feel in the current climate. A catalog accompanies the presentation with an essay by Eva Diaz, translated into German by Katrin Mäurich.
Michael Voss, who was born in Brazil of German parentage and now lives and works in New York, shows small scale oils on linen. He charts a kind of geology of painting, working plate tectonics with pigment, setting up drifting continental shelves that collide, kick up
along their fault zones, and form topologies in the process. His paintings could be thought of as lying somewhere off the grid, beyond the dependency of distributed networks. They position painting, rather than as an old technology, more like the perennial base condition technology addresses. The weight of the mission Voss has undertaken can be measured against the value we place on our own sensate experience of the world, and by how much we still navigate with a visual acuity indelibly linked to our sense of touch. A catalog accompanies the presentation with an essay by Carter Ratcliff.
George Lawson Gallery opened in San Francisco in 2008, representing a stable of artists who paint or work in disciplines with conceptual ties to painting, mounting exhibitions that showcase contemporary trends in the medium. The gallery exhibits an international roster of artists, and produces limited edition books for many of our exhibitions.
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