Spencer Brownstone Gallery is pleased to present Radical Structures, Mark Dagley’s first solo exhibition in five years and debut with the gallery. The show features a wide range of painting techniques spanning forty years of the artist’s career, from 1977 to present.
The spectrum of materials in Radical Structures ‒- polymer-resin, vinyl acrylic, wire mesh, and brushed copper, to name a few -- traces his thorough examination of structure and texture. Preparatory drawings for his paintings resemble blueprints and reveal his highly methodical approach. Despite its studied and calculated qualities that point inward, Dagley’s work has always featured balance with its environment and frank acknowledgement of its corporeality. The surfaces of his work exhibit entropy as well as varying degrees of finish. His paintings do not simply exist on a wall but purposefully hang, lean, sit, and rest.
Mark Dagley’s exploration of form was ahead of its time, preceding similar more widely recognized work. Radi- cal Structures aims to survey his expansive ouevre and present never before shown pieces including the Con- struct series. These large-scale works of paint and common construction material plot new points on his matrix of materialized geometry.
His works are in the public collections of University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Musée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Muzeum umění Olomouc, Bloomingdale’s Corporation, EMI Madrid, Henkel GmbH, Hotel Chelsea Cologne. Private collections include Ara Arslanian, Marina Bignami, Bruno Bischofberger, George Condo, Evan Dando, Collection Doberman, Loudon Collection, Peter Ludwig, Gene Na, Philip Niarchos, Alberto Parrando, Schalapher & Hasler, among others.