DOUGLASS FREED: Reflective Landscapes
CHARLES P. REAY 1913-2013 (Front Room)
VAN McELWEE And/Or (New Media Room)
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5-9 pm
Dates of the Exhibition: December 6, 2013 – January 11, 2014
The landscapes of Douglass Freed can seldom be contained to one canvas. His minimalistic and almost ambiguous images of horizons, clouds, and bodies of water pour onto adjoining spaces where their forms shift in color and light as if they have transformed into entirely different pieces, but they remain undeniably suited to one another. While his pieces vary from quiet, monochromatic works to fully orchestrated chromatic ones, in either sense, he creates places that simultaneously imply reality and a dreamlike, even spiritual, serenity. He captures and holds onto the viewer’s gaze, creating an experience that few can. Through his harmonious use of blended color, texture, and structure, Freed finds the grey area between traditional landscape painting and its abstraction into color fields.
In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition by Charles P. Reay titled 1913-2013. In celebration of the centennial year of the creation of Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel (1913), Tricycle Wheel (2013) holds up a mirror to the original object, reflecting its materiality in a form for our time drawn from Ikea and Big Wheel. Thus informed, this reflection of Duchamp’s idea becomes appropriate for this the new century. Duchamp did not think of Bicycle Wheel as a work of art, describing his fabrication as “just a distraction”… saying later “I didn’t have any special reason to do it, or to describe anything.” It was an amusement… “to see the wheel turning was very soothing and comforting… I enjoy looking at it just as I enjoy looking at flames dancing in the fireplace”.
Both pieces confront the momentous question posed by Marcel Duchamp, “Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’”. Being an amusement about something, Tricycle Wheel (2013) says “No”… though as a precursor to the readymade “it’s a form of denying the possibility of defining art.”
In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video by Van McElwee titled, And/Or. In this Guggenheim Fellowship project, dancer Kelsey Lapointe wanders through an invisible maze and a million levels of video.
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