NARWHAL is pleased to present View Point Geon, an exhibition of new work by Matthew Feyld, Alvaro Ilizarbe and Paul Wackers. Within the frameworks of contemporary painting and sculpture, these artists create a visual consonance that’s marked by their shared strategies for articulating environments and ideas. They filter and reinterpret the quotidian by translating it through their distinct but complimentary brands of reduction, distortion and layering.
Matthew Feyld’s (b. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) paintings connote dimensional space with deceptively uncomplicated arrangements of line and colour. His reductive paintings and drawings take everyday forms as their starting points. A discarded envelope, wet bag, or shadow could inspire Feyld’s geometries. Though the canvases appear cold and mathematically precise at first glance, close observers are rewarded with the painterly texture and gesture created by Feyld’s layered process and free-hand line. The interplay between exactitude and expression contributes to the tension present in Feyld’s works, which is aggravated by his dramatic use of positive and negative space.
Through the process of reduction and spatial distortion, Alvaro Ilizarbe (b. Lima, Peru) makes abstract, amorphous reliefs that record his observations of and meditations on nature. These sculptural wall works remind us of fossils or cross-sectioned ancient trees. Their trailing lines and organic shapes represent history, energy, transformation and evolution on a grand scale. Ilizarbe is inspired by landscapes and their long histories: from the shifting of the tectonic plates and river formations to the influence of man.
Paul Wackers (New York) applies a sophisticated abstract language to the representational tradition of still life painting. Plants, pottery and other relatable references provide entry points into the artist’s complex formal experiments. He builds vigorous and lively conversations between colour, texture and shape that defy and disorient his quiet, simple subjects. This exhibition marks the first time that Wackers has exhibited ceramics. His painting and his pottery practices are mutually supportive, if not inseparable.