Monday, May 4, 2009

Picture Plane @ Nudashank

Michael Dotson "Side by Side" Acrylic on Canvas

Picture Plane:

May 15 - June 19

Opening Reception: May 15, 7-9 pm

Nudashank is pleased to present our second exhibition- “Picture Plane.” This show brings together paintings that combine hard-edged abstraction with a post-digital return to pictorial space and linear perspective. Equal parts modernism and classicism, the exhibiting painters are from a generation that has been influenced by screensavers, vector graphics, MS Paint, Google maps, and Photoshop. The paintings evince the pervading luminescence of the computer screen, the digital color spectrum, and the expanding universe of virtual spaces. Flat, planar shapes are used as devices to depict scenes void of inhabitants. These paintings reflect a new, synthesized (perhaps alienated) perception of the world and how visual information is coded, condensed, flattened, and transmitted.

Picture Plane features six artists: New York based Dan Bina and Morgan Blair, DC based Michael Dotson and Allison Reimus, and Baltimore based Tim Horjus and Dale Ihnken.

Dan Bina’s interest is in the aperture, the framed images of the view finder and of printed ephemera. These abundant windows function to perforate our experience forming holes into parallel dimensions. His paintings originate in the discernment of a theorized theatrical space where a controlled whimsy of forms acts out particular roles.

Michael Dotson makes highly stylized landscapes that are a mix of memory and imagination. They are uninhabited and represent a place that is neither past nor future, but simply Other.

Allison Reimus' paintings utilize color and pattern as a vehicle to explore the psychology of the domestic interior. A recent graduate of American University's MFA program, Reimus' work addresses elements of the decorative through the use of graphic and painterly techniques.

Tim Horjus’ work evokes a contemporary reality by utilizing the language of modernism to discuss our reliance on digitally produced and transmitted information. The titles of his work are inspired by the anonymous subject lines of spam emails. His work is informed by active participation in these networks seen and unseen, pop-up ads, Target commercials, antiquated screen savers, hyperdrive, and power grids.

Dale Ihnken uses Islamic tile patterns and linear extrapolations to create paintings that reference mapping and circuitry. He attended Bradley University for undergrad and received his MFA from the Pratt Institute. Ihnken currently lives in Baltimore and has an active interest in Light Emitting Diodes.

Morgan Blair’s work aims to grasp and express the potency of specific feelings. In obsessively translating the weight of an emotion into flat fields of interlocking shape and vibrating color, it is her hope that the final experience might re-immerse viewers in that original meditative state, and instill in them some sense of the inherent feeling at work in the piece.

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