Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 11 October 2013

BILL KOHN: Monumental Paintings
Jill Downen: Three-Dimensional Sketchbook (Front Room)
Joan Hall & Buzz Spector: Papers (Project Room)

Opening Reception Friday, October 11, 2013 6 to 9 pm
October 11 – 26, 2013

Bruno David Gallery announces an exhibition titled Montumental Paintings by Bill Kohn. Kohn traveled the world sharing his vision of many significant places through his paintings that are celebrated for their striking colors and dizzying perspectives. In his work, he illuminated the architecture and landscapes of places such as the Machu Picchu in Peru, the Duomo in Florence, the bridges of Paris, Khajuraho, and Jaiselmer in India, all of which we recognize for their immense size and beauty. Kohn knew that none of these monumental landmarks could be confined to a mere average-sized canvas. These paintings needed to have a striking presence: a size that mirrored the impression they left. This exhibition zeroes in on the importance and effectiveness of Kohn’s use of scale. It features several of his largest paintings, including a vibrant and immense depiction of the Grand Canyon. Each of the pieces is of a different location, but all are properly portrayed on a vast canvas, and rendered more captivating than the sites themselves.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents a two-person exhibition of Joan Hall and Buzz Spector titled Papers. The exhibition will coincide with the conference Papers! Please! at Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University (October 17-19, 2013). The conference events and activities will include an array of workshops and demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, and museum tours. The role paper plays in the creation of our identities as individuals and communities will be a focus of the conference, with discussion about the interconnectivity between art, craft, and theory. The Friends of Dard Hunter, who will be hosting the conference, is an organization for hand papermakers and anyone with a passion for paper.

In the Front Room, the gallery continue to present an exhibition by Jill Downen titled Three-Dimensional Sketchbook. Jill Downen’s new work offers a look into the intimate processes she employs in the studio to develop ideas and plan large scale installations. The art invites viewers to survey Downen’s work from a new and unexpected perspective. The project features a cabinet of drawers displaying models crafted from plaster, basswood, paper and gold leaf. The small scale of these sculptures explores a reversal of the experience that viewers generally have with Downen’s monumental installations. The inverted scale and assembly of the maquettes as miniature installations, each in its own drawer, result in a reconsideration of the forms in relationship to each other, the body and to Downen's art making practice overall. Downen’s art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration, and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities.

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