May 3 - 24, 2018
Illusive Presence: Greg Brown and Howard Nathenson
The More Things Change: Quimetta Perle
On the Wall: Elton Tucker
Opening reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
In his first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery, Greg Brown presents large-scale abstract renderings that utilize a subtractive method to create mark making by removing the ground material of faux fur in the exhibition Illusive Presence. The works are formed by shaving geometric, minimal lines and shapes and by adding materials such as acrylic paint and tile adhesive compound to stretched fake fur. Brown introduced faux fur into his painting while he worked as a scenic artist and set painter in Hollywood, California. There he had access to different types of decorative materials, which allowed him to satirize the kitsch in fine art making. Around the same time he was volunteering at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles and became interested in making art that appealed to other senses like touch and even taste. Greg Brown states, “Although my art is not edible, its visual and material aspects might stimulate a viewer in multi-sensory ways.”
In the exhibition Illusive Presence, Howard Nathenson presents a selection of works from the series Cut and Torn, where paper becomes a vehicle for photographs, digitally manipulated multi-layered compositions, drawings, and as individual installations. Specializing in drawing, photography and painting, Nathenson’s imagery ranges from symbolic photographic realism to semi abstract compositions. Nathenson is particularly interested in the process of arranging and composing the cut and torn paper, contrasted and intermingled, the play of the three-dimensional and the two-dimensional. Illusive Presence focuses on texture, and the tactile nature of a range of materials and approaches.
Quimetta Perle creates images of empowered women in luminous beads and reflective sequins who are of diverse races, ethnicities, and ages in the exhibition The More Things Change. Perle began using beads, sequins, and embroidery in the 1970s to make a statement about women’s traditional art materials and their beauty and visual power; in her newest workthe figure is heroic, and in motion. Her works are pieces of the present moment, snapshots of our culture, which casually incorporates technology in every aspect of our lives. Process is integral to Perle’s pieces, with larger works taking hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of beads to create.
In On the Wall, Elton Tucker presents large-scale mixed media pieces entitled Subway Emotions that depict the portraits of people seen on New York City’s trains. Tucker’s paintings are vibrant and full of bold patterns, high energy, and movement. As a native New Yorker, he travels around the city constantly looking out for “interesting colors, textures, shapes and life's emotions.” Through his artwork, Tucker feels he fervently expresses his innermost feelings on a visual and emotional level. “I feel my mission is to produce work people can relate to, get inspiration from and utilize in their everyday lives.”