Unstretched

8 Dec 2016 — 14 Jan 2017 at Cheryl Hazan in New York, United States

Michael Porten, Happy Enough!, 2016. Courtesy of Cheryl Hazan Gallery
Michael Porten, Happy Enough!, 2016. Courtesy of Cheryl Hazan Gallery
19 DEC 2016

This exhibition takes on experimentation outside of the conventional canvas frame. Through differing forms and perspectives, we consider art from new angles. Each piece is selected for its ability to bring forward a different view from what is seen on a two-dimensional surface. Touching upon conceptual art’s notion that abstract idea incites more interpretation and conversation than visual elements, the works are viewed as counterpoints to one another, with each piece presenting a point of view that pokes, prods, and re-evaluates our notion of space.

Each artist represents a unique vantage point pursued through distinct perspective, form and aesthetic. Michael Porten explores all the possible mediums to realize his nascent concepts, constructing many painted, printed, or sculpted variations until he attains a perfect aesthetic embodiment. Stephanie Howard’s work tells stories drawing upon folklore, illustration and embroidery. Kristin Bauer’s multi-paneled plexiglass assemblages take conceptual cues from divergent beliefs and practices such as Gestalt psychology, linguistics, Zen Buddhism, and geometry. Aaron Zulpo narrates urban life through neither a two- nor three-dimensional window, but an amalgamate perspective unique onto itself, which serves to distort reality and heighten the artist’s narration.

Deb Lawrence’s psychological subject matter and physicality become one and the same. Her paintings on 19th century linen embody the very women who hand stitched the fabric, celebrating all dimensions of the female spirit. Henry Mandell explores how the mind makes sense of abstraction and pattern, using digital tools to stretch and exaggerate poetry, data, and news stories into indiscernible yet reminiscent shapes. Each of these selected works comes from an individual with a viewpoint that starts a conversation, invites your consideration, and strives for interaction.