“I make a hole in the canvas…and I escape, symbolically, but also materially, from the prison of the flat surface…” – Lucio Fontana
For the 2016 ADAA Art Show, Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition focused on the gesture of cutting and related acts like tearing and stitching in artists’ practices from 1966 to the present. The gallery will showcase the depth and variety of artworks that result from artists employing these techniques. Lucio Fontana challenged the purity of the picture plane by slicing and gouging into the flat surface, rendering it three-dimensional. Gordon Matta-Clark cut and collaged his photographs, in a successful attempt to closely simulate the three-dimensionality of his actual building projects. Anne Wilson and Susan Hefuna slice and stitch into fiber and sculptural work to bridge public and domestic spheres. Derrick Adams collage fragmented figures and spaces to re-imagine identity in a contemporary urban context.
The artists that will be included in this exhibition are Derrick Adams, Sadie Benning, Alighiero Boetti, Spencer Finch, Hamish Fulton, Lucio Fontana, Susan Hefuna, Jim Hodges, Gordon Matta-Clark, Michael Rakowitz Fred Sandback, Richard Tuttle, and Anne Wilson.
A major part of the gallery’s program has always been a commitment to representing artists early in their careers. Therefore, Rhona Hoffman Gallery will show new work by emerging artist Natalie Frank and Nathaniel Mary-Quinn in a special section of the booth. 2015 marked Frank’s first museum exhibition, the highly acclaimed “The Brothers Grimm” at The Drawing Center and Blanton Museum of Art. Rich in art historical allusions, Frank’s masterful paintings and drawings depict abstracted, distorted figures in psychologically heightened situations. At the ADAA Art Show, Natalie Frank will present a suite of new gouache and pastel works on paper that are chromatic variations exploring a charged subject matter with rich color and luscious material surfaces. Also presented will be two dyed paper pulp works. 2015 also marked Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s first solo exhibition at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Fractured features, spliced patterns, and shrunken or distended proportions merge together to create Quinn’s abstract-figurative works on paper. While seemingly assembled from collage, each artwork is meticulously created directly on the flat plane of the paper surface to achieve the illusion that they are formed from exterior sources. Both Quinn and Frank abstract figuration work provokes one to consider our contemporary human condition and complex identity formations.