DANIEL RAEDEKE: New Paintings
Ellen Jantzen: Transcending Reality (Front Room)
Joan Hall & Buzz Spector: Papers (Project Room)
Daniel Raedeke: The Things that Paintings are Made of (New Media Room)
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 2013, 5-9 pm
November 1-30, 2013
Daniel Raedeke continues his interest in blurring the definition of painting through an examination of process and focused experiments in technique. With his new paintings, Raedeke has created a stripped-down handmade vocabulary of abstraction. The paintings are a nostalgic acoustic soundtrack of pattern, shape and composition that evoke modernism, paper assemblage, collage, craft and layered digital imaging. Raedeke both emphasizes and deemphasizes the paint, exploiting the innate characteristics of acrylic by transferring thin translucent veneers of paint to the canvas. At times, the brushwork and painterly handmade approach is accentuated while at other times the process is obscured.
The result is a sort of modernist Colorforms through a seemingly random combination of fragments and polygons that are realized across a series of filters such as color transparencies, outlines, cell shades, and wire frames. The effect is to make the paintings appear simultaneously hand fabricated and digitally printed. Inspired by motion sequences and wireframes of animations he produced, Raedeke pares down earlier digital and painted works to their primitive parts, layering the shapes into composites that reference both modernism and computer generated layering.
In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition by Ellen Jantzen titled Transcending Reality. Just as Raedeke blurs the definition of painting, Jantzen blurs the definition of photography. Her work explores the states of reality: how it is experienced and revealed. To depict something so abstract is, unsurprisingly, no easy task. Jantzen’s photographic series relies on the trust people place in the medium. She digitally reconstructs her photographs, pushing them to more ambiguous forms, allowing viewers space to project their own imaginings and meanings to them. In doing so, she is able to make visual that which has no visual component. She takes viewers beyond the surface of an image, where something deeper and unexpected is revealed.
In the Project Room, the gallery presents a two-person exhibition of Joan Hall and Buzz Spector titled Papers.
In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a three-minute looped animation by Daniel Raedeke titled, The Things that Paintings are Made of. The short motion sequences depict the deconstruction and re-assemblage of his current paintings on display. The movement of his paintings in the video adds another dimension for the viewer to Daniel’s work. The arbitrary movement of the fragments in the work creates a sort of painted “screen saver” that extends the context of the paintings and creates connections to their graphic inspiration.
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