Algorithms is a group show currently on display at Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery in Troy, NY, and features myself and four other artists. In addition to several new and recent works of my own, the show includes work from Christopher Murray, Ralph Mercer, Channing Lefebvre, and Justin Kane. The show is up through March 25th and gallery information can be found here!
Christopher Murray is an artist and art educator whose large-scale rugged, foggy mountain-scapes seemed at home on the expansive brick walls of the gallery. Each painting is made up of countless fragments of newspaper layered and glazed with hints of color and shadow. How many hours can a person spend on an artwork? I’m not sure but Murray’s time commitment is clear in each piece of torn and painted newspaper.
Ralph Mercer’s fragmented, hard-edged shapes combined with curving female forms were an interesting complement to the group and helped tie together the organic and structural within much of the other work there. His use of photography felt very much layered in a similar way to printmaking and painting, and the black and white pieces were a clear, fresh comparison to the whole of the show.
Channing Lefebvre shared work from two bodies of work that at first seem visually unrelated, but upon closer inspection present interesting aesthetic and conceptual parallels. Elements of intricacy are combined with minimal influences, and evidences of time and wear combined with soft, clean tones within a rectangular structure. My favorite pieces were the etchings made from the scratched up and worn down backs of the engravings Lefebvre uses in his job as a commercial printer; simple monochromatic pieces with little lines and shapes clustered along the edges.
Artist. Art Teacher.
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