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September 10, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - October 15, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
INFRASTRUCTURE: curated by Trevor Young, featuring the work of: Stephen Mallon, William Christenberry, Valeri Larko, Cynthia Connolly, Stephen Magsig, Olivia Rodriguez, Trevor Young, Frank Hallam Day, Magnolia Laurie ’07, Richard Vosseller ’95, and Andrew Fish.
What artists make is inherently a discipline built around a physical or conceptual construct and, in a digital age, we tend to forget that making art is often a physical activity, an assertion of will on a frame of one sort or another, a canvas, a skeleton or an armature. This constitutes a thing’s infrastructure, that which gives it a visual presence . What artists do, in order to present that, is to deconstruct what they see and know and reform it again as their work of art. In Infrastructure, the latest in Addison/Ripley’s ongoing curated series, Washington area artist Trevor Young, selected a group of like minded artists to explore that idea. The most recent of the series of artist or collector curated shows at Addison/Ripley, this exhibition explores a theme which resonates with current global and local issues of sustainability and waste, of the vast empire of underlayment that supports, if not sustains, the modern world. Many artists in this exhibition make reference of the decay to physical infrastructure. Others, like William Christenberry and Valeri Larko, pay homage to embedded culture.
For artists like Cynthia Connolly, the approach to the work is more conceptual. For Stephen Mallon, in his photographs, the intricate nature of physical underpinnings is almost overwhelming. Richard Vosseller constructs an elegant, wall mounted, three dimensional paradigm. And the muscular paintings of Stephen Magsig and, curator, Trevor Young are powerful reminders of the expressive qualities of brushwork and glaze. The freshness of Magnolia Laurie’s painting and its dystopic allusion gives it striking presence. The delicate strength of Olivia Rodriguez’s ceramic work is a complement to Vosseller’s three dimensional work. In an almost literal rendering, Andrew Fish, offers an architectural rendering of the concept of infrastructure. And Frank Hallam Day, flattens and abstracts, his cool photographic gaze balancing his ship hull on a poisoned sea.
The artists in Infrastructure are involved in a conversation in the gallery about what informs their art and what sustains their world. We are grateful to Young for his insightful selection and to the artists for offering their work for the exhibition.
Addison/Ripley Fine Art would like to thank the following galleries and their artists for participating in INFRASTRUCTURE: Front Room Gallery, Hemphill Fine Arts, Lyons Wier Gallery, frosch & portmann, George Billis Gallery, and Curator’s Office.