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Exhibitions 9 December 2010 – 16 January 2011
Todd Knopke
Todd Knopke TODD KNOPKE:
CEC (changing everything carefully)
Upfront: Todd Knopke
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Exhibitions 19 January – 13 February 2011
Sometimes I think Tracy Miller paintings play with the way subtle, formless levels of energy might coalesce into matter and then suddenly and unexpectedly become oddball gems like pineapples, bundt cakes, doilies, lobsters, pigs, six-packs of Budweiser... That transformation relates to the way I see her musing with her busy, if not chaotic, universes of abstract shapes and marks and erratically punctuating them with the magnetic force of objects. The appearance of the recognizable object is used to momentarily organize the experience of the painting. And at that moment of clarity the disparate nature of things ceases and it becomes clear that all the elements are essentially quite similar: made of paint, related in color and shape, alive with equal intentionality and intensity... The artist's sense of adventure runs through every level of these paintings and at times borders on the magical poof - here it is, now have a taste of this. Bill Jenkins Tracy Miller
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Exhibitions 16 February – 13 March 2011
Cary Smith Gary Batty Jenkins- Torreano
Gallery: CARY SMITH: Splat
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Gallery: GARY BATTY: Drawings
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Upfront: John Torreano over Bill Jenkins
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Exhibitions 16 March – 10 April 2011

Gallery: JUDY LINN: 69-76  Photographs of Patti Smith

Judy Linn's photographs remind me of a description I've long carried in my head, probably for forty years or so, and probably from Lao Tzu tho I'm not really sure, that equates walking thru a stream without disturbing the water with the way to live. She is a great observer of how the big and small pictures are already within one another. I love how she loves the grays, and how she fades light into white the way an abstract painter does. Her photos exude a softness that I want more of in this world, they invite touch. That touch says the world is to be enjoyed and absorbed and clearly Patti and Judy did. This fashion shoot that Patti Smith and Judy Linn evoke is a great tribute to the perennial richness of life on the skinny.

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Judy Linn
Patti with Bolex, 1969, silver gelatin print

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Clint Jukkala
  Oxbow, 2011
Exhibitions 13 April – 15 Mary 2011
Naoto Nakagawa

Gallery: NAOTO NAKAGAWA: Earth Wave Paintings

In the Earth Wave paintings, the Naoto Nakagawa has added a compositional device, transparent concentric rectangles - frames, portals, layers, time lapses, geometry: man made things - that disrupt yet also concentrate his images of the natural world. And while the palette is pumped up, it is also limited and used as a way to graduate and spatially define the territory of each the concentric rectangles. Layering and intersecting the representation of flowers and foliage, they create a push and pull, if not a pulsing, that leads us into the central focus of the painting, the center of a flower which in its representation moves swiftly from vegetation to gender to the erotic core that is life and death.

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Naoto Nkagawa, Earth Wave IV, 2010

Rebecca Potts/ Jason Reppert


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Rebecca Potts: Wall Composition, 2009,
Jason Reppert, No Love Lost, 2011

Exhibitions 18 May – 18 June 2011


Isabella Kirkland’s Nova series focuses on species of flora and fauna that are new to scientific literature within the last 20 years. The number of species that remain “undiscovered” is difficult to estimate. Many scientists believe that of all living things on earth, perhaps only 10 to 15 percent have been given a Latin name and assigned a place in the larger picture of evolution.

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Isabella Kirkland
ISABELLA KIRKLAND, Nova: Emergent, (detail) 2011

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Carl J. Ferrero
  CARL J. FERRERO, I See You In My Head, 2011
Exhibition 23 June – 6 August 2011


from fall 05 to fall 06 i went to a shrink to help figure my way thru some anxiety i was experiencing. the two things from that shrinking that i continue to reflect upon are process resistance / outcome resistance and, from a long-winded rambling about my range of sexual interests, the amusing awareness of a parallel between that and my gallery’ exhibition program.

i love a particularly wide range of artists, it’s ever increasing. some i’ve been engaged with for many years, some are more recent loves. since i’m not physically able to represent all of them, this exhibition is an instance where i push most of my regulars aside and widen the discussion. opening up seems particularly relevant as the system has a way of shutting out the many in favor of the few.

while we move even further into this age of information, poetry becomes an increasingly important way to help create balance. the limitations of the brain are becoming clearer, intuition and feelings offer other ways to progress. let the body be the barometer.

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Exhibitions 1 September – 1 October 2011

Andrew Masullo, Ann Pibal, Cary Smith, Douglas Mellini, Nancy Shaver, Richard Rezac, Todd Chilton

I overheard two artists in the gallery chatting about the deluge of abstraction that’s been around and one quipped to the other that abstraction flourishes in conservative times.

Hard edge abstraction seemed the one to take a look at as it’s probably the most ubiquitous and the one that tends to get the most formal. I tend not to be so into formal and prefer when the formal is infiltrated by the personal. That is when abstraction sings to me. How the artist leaks the personal into the formal is the magic of what artists are. My simplest explanation of that process is the word “intentionality.”

When I interviewed Andrew Masullo about his work for his November 2010 exhibition at Feature, he let me know that he didn't consider his paintings to be abstract - abstracted from something - but rather he referred to them as nonobjective. It is an interesting distinction to consider

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Todd Chilton
TODD  CHILTON: Ramps and Flags, 2011
Upfront: LISA BECK: Between Days

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Lisa Beck
  Between Days (detail), 2011
Exhibitions 5 October – 6 November 2011


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DAVID MORENO: Drip Displacement, 2011 JERRY PHILLIPS: Balzac, 2010  
Lisa Beck Upfront: LISA BECK: Between Days

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Between Days (detail), 2011  
Exhibitions 9 November – 17 December 2011

NANCY SHAVER: Three sisters, four beauties and a work-horse

You can see how Nancy Shaver hunts and gathers and displays. Her personality revels in construction and you can feel things being decided and built by a not the usual. With a sense of humor, her sculpture bows to painting, her painting gathers hands with sculpture, and drawing enters by the side door. Handedness is her way to a reality check, confronting us with the imperfect perfection in the physicality of the handmade. In the same breath, there is her corresponding love and admiration for the familiarity of the vernacular and its history. I love the practicality of working from this place, its humanity and idealism is not blind. In this most recent work, the scale and presence of what she once referred to as refrigerators seem now to have become figures, and the material looseness and range is comparatively extreme.

Nancy Shaver was born in Appleton, New York, in 1946 and lives in Jefferson, New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1969. Her first one-person exhibition at Feature Inc. was in 1987; this was her sixth show with the gallery.

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  Incline, decline, outside WalMart, 2009

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Lisa Beck
  Squinch, 2011
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