Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 20 May 2016
Ronald Johnson, All Flies By
Ronald Johnson — Griff Williams
Opening Reception Friday, May 20th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Opening May 20th, 2016 thru June 25th, 2016
Duane Reed Gallery proudly presents the work of Ronald Johnson and Griff Williams; painters whose works both transcend and defy expectations through the use of resinous fluid as opposed to traditional acrylic or oil pigments. The application of resins and enamels of varying viscosities create enticing surface qualities that put pre-conceived ideas of painting on their head. Both artists use pre planned mapping to determine where the various sections of color will be placed. In Johnson’s work, lines are laid down to act as dams for the polyurethane to settle in to their intended shape, and then sanded down to create the desired visual effect. William’s pieces require highly technical pigment mixing with transparent resin, and then poured into place on stenciled enamel in an elaborately reinvented paint by numbers process.
RON JOHNSON - Johnson’s work explores abstracted landscapes through a process of layering that is both soft and semi-transparent, giving the viewer a topographical perspective of exuberant colors and strategically placed line. “The medium allows me to control this idea of translucency which in turn allows the viewer to access my work in layers. So viewers are literally able to see the archaeology, or experience my thoughts, in an archaeology of seeing.”
GRIFF WILLIAMS - William’s paintings are created through a process of layering poured resin and enamel in a process very similar to paint-by-numbers. “The shapes are used in intersecting layers to compose an image, which camouflages the boundaries between things. I’m intrigued by the impermanence of form. The paintings present an extravagant visionary experience – a blend of the material and the optical. This calculated technique speaks of setting aside the romanticism of the past."
"I’ve been a long admirer of Dutch still life painting. But, also for the traditions of using flowers as a symbol of appreciation and well wishing. With the Assertion series I wanted to create two still life paintings, one that redacted the other. I start by painting a still life on canvas that references a Dutch painting. That painting is then covered with resin and a new abstracted vase of flowers is painted with poured enamel. The lattice patterns and poured vase shapes obscure the previous painted image. This, for me has become a metaphor for growing and aging. I like the idea of a painting foregrounding a variation of itself."
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