Reconstructing Painting Surfaces

August 29, 2009

Joyce Gordon Gallery

proudly presents


Surface Strata

Michael Cutlip

Joshua Dildine

Jay Merryweather

Alison Rash

Kevin Scianni

Chris Trueman

Eric Ward

September 4 – October 31, 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 5:30-9:00 pm

Main Gallery

Surface Strata is an exhibition at Joyce Gordon Gallery that calls attention to an approach in painting where the artist utilizes multiple or diverse formal techniques in the construction of the painting surface. The idea of surface strata is a paradoxical situation in which the surface is viewed from a topical and a cross sectional (strata) view at the same time.  These paintings challenge the idea of internal stylistic continuity, logic and consistent treatment, and rather propose continuity based on the larger context of the field of painting itself. This “Pop” approach to painting suggests sourcing from popularized painting styles rather than icons of consumer culture. When viewing the works it is easy to recognize familiar styles (gestural abstraction, graphic, hard edged, flow painting) this leads to a reading that is simultaneously the sum and the parts, the semiotic and the experiential. These works connect to a broader sociological and seemingly generational, ideology that supposes nearly anything is obtainable, accessible and available for use, though often decontextualized and with newly reassigned meaning. This is an aesthetically driven tendency that draws liberally from historicized style while leaving behind the original associations and beliefs in which the authentic style originated. This exhibition is an opportunity to view the various ways artists have embraced this strategy in their painting practice.  Organized by San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Chris Trueman, the group exhibit consists of California artists Kevin Scianni, Alison Rash, Michael Cutlip, Joshua Dildine, Jay Merryweather and Eric Ward.

Joyce Gordon Photography Gallery



Street Musicians

Photographs by Gabe Sheen

September 4 – October 31, 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4,  5:30-9:00 pm

Lower  Gallery

“Street musicians” by Gabe Sheen captures the ephemera of music as will and representation.  Gabe has been influenced stylistically by both Pictorialism and Surrealism.  His photographic themes and process deals with various themes about human nature and beauty using soft lights and selective focus as his primary creative choices.

Gabe Sheen studied graphic design at the International Design School for Advanced Studies (IDAS) of Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.  Sheen became greatly interested in photography, which was one of the elective classes of the MFA program.  He decided to learn photography based on the artistic calling and entered the Academy of Art University in 2007.  Since attending technical core classes at the AAU as a Presidential Scholarship student, Gabe’s talent in photograpy has rapidly grown and many of his works have been chosen and displayed by contests and juried exhibitions more than thirty times in North America and Europe. 


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