Galerie Sultana is pleased to present a two-person exhibition with works by Bettina Samson and Jacin Giordano. The exhibition will consist of glass pictures and terracotta sculptures by Bettina Samson and paintings of acrylic on wood and yarn sculptures by Jacin Giordano. Samson and Giordano approach art making from seemingly disparate viewpoints, yet their resulting works contain many overlapping interests.
Samson’s process begins as that of a researcher. Her time outside of the studio is spent culling knowledge that is later used to create images and objects within the studio. Samson’s recent series of glass pictures titled, Now To Round Out My Scheme, stem from her discovery of graphic simulations generated by a spectroscope during her time at the laboratory of astronomy in Marseille. Her images recall ideas as diverse as grid systems used in optical astronomy as well as the geometric abstraction of Josef Albers. The pictures are created through a delicate firing process in which layers of sand engraved black and white glass are laid one on top of another with jewel-like precision. The resulting pictures look like archeological tablets from another planet.
While Samson’s focus is on the stars, Giordano’s painting process is akin to that of an archeologist, digging deep into the earth’s surface for answers. Giordano’s Cutpaintings are the result of a relentless studio practice. They are created by pouring successive layers of acrylic paint, one on top of another for weeks and months at a time. Once the paint has dried, Giordano cuts into the stratified surface using X-acto knives and power saws to reveal the history and depth of the paintings own making. These cuts are a literal deconstruction of the painting itself and stand as a metaphorical deconstruction of abstract painting of the last century. The Harpoons for hunting rainbows are a kind of quixotic tool for capturing color (an essential element of any painting). Their title and weapon-like appearance points to the primitivism (or essentialism) present in all of the works in the project. They are created by wrapping knotted strands of yarn around a tree branch over several days. In the end, there exists an ambiguity about whether these branches are protected by the yarn or suffocating in a cocoon of string.
Both Bettina Samson and Jacin Giordano are interested in the exploration of material, process and history. Their techniques of accumulating successive layers allow apparent contrasts and oppositions to live side by side with efficiency and intrigue. Each work constitutes a possible solution for the artist, a working hypothesis.