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The difference between the expected and the actual.
June 22 - July 14, 2012
Opening reception: Thursday, June 21, 7-9pm
This dynamic and contemplative exhibition plays with the space between truth and illusion, the liminal space, the in-between knowing and seeing. Three accomplished artists explore this with paintings, sculptures and installations.
Saturday, June 23, 1-2pm. Join us for an artist talk with Christopher Donnelly.
Sean Mills’ monochromatic canvases appear at first glance to be painted geometric abstractions. In truth, they are painstakingly constructed of numerous layers of paint and medium. The effects of shadow and depth are not painted illusions but rather the result of the accumulation of layers of paint creating a subtle topography on the surface of the canvas. From a distance, the compositions appear optically charged, but up close the process, time and labor involved begin to reveal themselves.
Christopher Donnelly’s sculpture explores the ambiguous relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces using a formal vocabulary derived from architectural drawing, theatrical props, minimalist sculpture and constructivism. Some pieces project from the wall; some are freestanding, while others incorporate caster wheels and embody an absurd functionality. At the root of his creative inquiry is an exploration of the physics of structures, conceptual space vs. real space, and design as a rational means to irrational ends.
Merrell Gerber’s elegant and restrained assemblages are rooted in the material and objects that, like Proust’s madeleine, evoke a sense of another time and place. Through the juxtaposition of real objects on canvases that are pierced and sewn, she creates landscapes of a world imbued with poetics of materials and memory.
For more information, see the CityScape Community Art Space page.