80/50 QUIET STORM

Group Show

Featuring new and recent works by Austrian artist Anna-Maria Bogner and LA based artists Katy Ann Gilmore, Andy Kolar, Tom Mueske, Samantha Thomas, Devon Tsuno, Steve DeGroodt, Mieke Gelley, Gerald Giamportone, Lies Kraal, Don Suggs. and Jae Hwa Yoo.

July 15 – August 19, 2017

Katy Ann Gilmore
Gravitational Drip Number 1, 2017
Acrylic on Dibond
41h x 25w in
KG002
Lies Kraal
Momi Triptych 1989, 1989
Watercolor on momi paper
LK001
Lies Kraal
17-2 (diptych), 2017
Acrylic on hardboard panels
17h x 34w in
LK002
Lies Kraal
09-5, 2009
Scored acrylic on hardboard panel
23h x 23w in
LK003
Andy Kolar
Single Pick (Brown)
Net 25%: $625, 2017
Acrylic and oil on canvas
13h x 17w in
AK001
Andy Kolar
Single Pick (Blue), 2017
Acrylic and oil on canvas
13h x 17w in
AK002
Andy Kolar
Pick (BR, GR, BL, OR, T, P), 2017
Acrylic and oil on canvas
17h x 13w in
AK003
Andy Kolar
Pick (P, BR, GR, T, BL, OR), 2017
Acrylic and oil on canvas
17h x 13w in
AK004
Anna-Maria Bogner
Untitled (Installation), 2017
Eyebolts, elastic band
57 x 261 103w x 83 in
AB001
Gerald Giamportone
Untitled No.9, 2004
Wood, Formica, Rose Leaves, Rose Petals
34h x 36w x 47d in
GG001
Gerald Giamportone
Untitled No.24, 2003-04
Gelatin silver print, mounted on acrylic
60h x 45w in
GG003
Gerald Giamportone
Untitled No.10, 2006
Wood, Formica, Rose Leaves, Earth (Soil)
34h x 36w x 47d in
GG002
Mieke Gelley
Untitled, 2017
Acrylic on vellum
74h x 30w in
MG001
Mieke Gelley
Untitled (to Georges Rouault), 2017
Acrylic on paper
31h x 25w in
MG003
Mieke Gelley
Untitled, 2016
Gouache on transparent paper
24h x 22w in
MG001
Mieke Gelley
Untitled, 2015
Gouache on transparent paper
24h x 17w in
MG004
Steve DeGroodt
Synapsofy, 2015
Acrylic, paper, elastic on canvas
48h x 36w in
SD001
Steve DeGroodt
As It Should Be, 2013
Cloth, ratan
39h x 133w x 26d in
SD002
Don Suggs
Mountain/Molehill, 2013
Archival inkjet print on Museo Max paper
44h x 30w in
DS001
 
Don Suggs
Sprite, 2014
Archival inkjet print on Museo Max paper
32h x 44w in
DS002
 
Don Suggs
The Cabins, 2013
Archival inkjet print on Museo Max paper
44h x 29 1/4w in
DS003
 
Samantha Thomas
Landscapification #17, 2017
Acrylic, thread, and charcoal on canvas
48h x 34w in
ST001
Samantha Thomas
Continental Drift, 2017
Linen, thread, acrylic and oil on canvas
60h x 80w in
ST002
Devon Tsuno
Watershed 1 (Los Angeles River), 2017
Spray paint and acrylic on handmade paper
17h x 12w in
DT002
Devon Tsuno
Reclaimed Water 9 (Los Angeles River), 2017
Spray paint, sumi ink and acrylic on handmade paper
17h x 12w in
DT003
Devon Tsuno
Watershed 3 (Los Angeles River), 2017
Spray paint and acrylic on handmade paper
17h x 12w in
DT004
Devon Tsuno
Reclaimed Water 8 (Los Angeles River), 2017
Spray paint, sumi ink and acrylic on handmade paper
17h x 12w in
DT005
Devon Tsuno
Watershed 2 (Los Angeles River), 2017
spray paint and acrylic on handmade paper
17h x 12w in
DT007
Tom Mueske
All Over (Enamels), 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (8 separate framed pieces)
54h x 82w x 1.5d in

Katy Ann Gilmore
Gravitational Drip Number 1, 2017
Acrylic on  dibond
41h x 25w in 

Katy Ann Gilmore
Fold Number 1, 2017
Acrylic on Dibond
40h x 40w in
KG001

Jae Hwa Yoo
Untitled 1617, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
144h x 152w in

Press Release

EXHIBITION DATES: JULY 15 – AUGUST 19, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017  6-8 PM

 

(Los Angeles, CA)- DENK Gallery is pleased to announce 80/50 Quiet Storm, a group exhibition of abstract works by 12 individual artists working across a variety of mediums in two and three-dimensional formats, including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and mixed-media. This varied group of artists, each of whom contributes a unique practice and vantage point to the exhibition, is drawn from two particular parts of the 20th Century: those born before 1950 and those born post-1980. Despite the clear generational divide between the two groups, their work seems to defy this substantial gap in chronology and reflects similar and enduring aesthetic preoccupations with the quieter, more meditative potential of simple forms, minimal space, and sparse surfaces.

80/50 Quiet Storm will feature new and recent works by Austrian artist  Anna-Maria Bogner, and LA-based artists Katy Ann GilmoreAndy Kolar Tom MueskeSamantha ThomasDevon TsunoSteve DeGroodtMieke GelleyGerald Giamportone Lies KraalDon Suggs, and  Jae Hwa Yoo.

Those born before 1950 entered an era of transition and change. With the world wars dominating the majority of the early twentieth century, the entire cultural, social, and political fabric of the world would change drastically over the course of a couple of decades. Coming of age in the 50s, and shortly thereafter, post-war affluence in America was on the rise, and its new populations grew, steeped in the optimism of modern commercial consumerism. The world's outlook simultaneously contracted, however, beneath the burden of nuclear threat, the paranoia of reactive conservatism, and the heavy cultural inheritances and traumas of recent world wars. The sociopolitical revolutions of the 1960s were still to take shape, and, in their wake, transform the course of history. 

Those born in America in the 1980s and later, conversely, inherited a moment of affluence and political conservatism, one, albeit, belonging to a world on the brink of immateriality. The new order would be digital. Technology would soon mediate everything, ecological carelessness would catch up to us all, and global populations would continue to swell as political conflicts the world over would reach new pitches of urgency. In our shared moment of 2017, despite the significant generational divide between these two groups, an aesthetic continuity persists.

The artists of 80/50 Quiet Storm have arrived at their current practices through vastly different historical perspectives and paths, but their work is not as divergent or easily typified as one might initially assume, nor is a distinct or shared difference immediately discernible between the two groups. The pieces in this exhibition are connected by an understated approach to minimal abstraction, accessing the suggestive power of formal simplicity and the poetics of reduction. In the quiet of less is the impact of more.

From the monochromatic elegance and simplicity of Lies Kraal's paintings, and the concentric geometries of Don Suggs', to the textural surfaces of Samantha Thomas' sculptural mixed-media paintings. And from the precise graphic delineations of Anna-Maria Bogner and Katy Ann Gilmore's works to the terse splatters and imposing negative spaces of Gerald Giamportone's paintings, and Steve DeGroodt's sparse mixed-media panels, punctuated by singular moments of texture and tactility. This group is unified by muted, albeit poignant, circumscriptions of space achieved through line, spatial absence, geometry and minimal composition.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT GALLERY DIRECTOR CARL BERG AT 

CARL@DENKGALLERY.COM
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