Push – Pull

May 26 – June 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 6 – 9pm
Curated by Karen Azarnia

Participating Artists: Claire Ashley, Dana DeGiulio, Anne Harris, Lindsey Hook, Richard Hull, Brian Kapernekas, Eric Lebofsky, Stacza Lipinski, Sangram Majumdar, Kim Piotrowski, Carly Silverman, Kyle Staver

This group painting exhibition explores the ongoing dialogue between abstraction and representation. The work presented is unified on the most fundamental level: it all exists as materials on a surface. While the work spans a varied spectrum, with some artists engaging the conversation through perception moving towards the invented or imagined, and vice versa, all move towards a singular point. They all demonstrate an interest in investigating material surface, often with a high degree of innovative playfulness.
Some of the painted surfaces emphasize flatness in the search for shape and color, others embody illusionistic space, and yet others foreground varied textures and a strong sense of physical materiality. The figure-ground relationship in the works adds additional layers of complexity, as imagery is pushed, pulled, lost, found, suggested, hidden and revealed.