Linda Warren Projects is pleased to present our summer solo exhibitions: Joseph Noderer’s “Horse Hill Waugh and Other Views” and William Eckhardt Kohler’s “Alchemy + Elements”. Both of these gallery artists reveal the source of their intuitive practice through amalgams of landscape and figure, rendered in an expressive and gestural hand. While Noderer looks to his immediate surroundings – which now happens to be his hometown – as means of self-exploration, Kohler refers to alchemical structures to examine intimate and universal cultural systems.
Gallery Y - Joseph Noderer, "Horse Hill Waugh and Other Views"
In “Horse Hill Waugh and Other Views,” Joseph Noderer investigates his experience of returning to Western Pennsylvania after living in Chicago and Austin, Texas for a number of years. The artist’s roots have been a continuous presence in his work, but now, what were once romantic visions of his beloved hometown wane into candid reflections. Unable to separate himself from his history with the area, the current paintings run the spectrum from loving to critical, often times expressing both feelings at once. For Noderer, conveying a sense of the character of a region, instead of presenting an accurate recording of a place, – whether it be expressed as a landscape, a building or a person –results in what the artist understands to be a more accurate likeness of his environment. A prominent feature of Noderer’s paintings are his lush, rural landscapes with their dilapidated shacks, undomesticated trees, wild foliage, and dynamic palette of unusual greens. The artist disrupts these scenes by reintroducing the fluorescent into his work, with vibrant oranges and magentas, highlighting the tension between the natural and unnatural of each setting. Wooly, haggard trees are painted with the same rugged gesture as his quasi self-portraits. Eerie, apparition-like faces that are at once visually stunning and directly honest. Balancing delicately between the humorous and somewhat disturbing, the work offers a glimpse into the artist’s ambivalent relationship with his native land and those who live in it…including himself.
Joseph Noderer’s work has been featured in venues throughout the country including the University of Arkansas, Tiny Park Gallery in Austin, and Corbett Vs. Dempsey and Devening Projects + Editions in Chicago. His work can be found in many prestigious private collections throughout the country, including Kirkland and Ellis in Chicago, as well in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. His Paintings have been published in The Oxford American, New American Paintings, and Fresh Paint Magazine. Noderer attended Yale at Norfolk School of Art and Music, received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This is his sixth solo exhibition with Linda Warren Projects.