Warm Up, Chill Down, Thaw Out
19 Jan — 25 Feb 2017 at the DM Contemporary in New York, United States
DM Contemporary is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the New Year, Warm Up, Chill Down, Thaw Out, featuring recent paintings by Macyn Bolt, works on paper by Matthew Langley, and wall sculptures by Richard Bottwin. Simply speaking, the exhibition is an invitation to leave winter at the door, and come in explore and rekindle your passion for art. Additionally, and in keeping with the current events, this is equally an invitation to shed disenchantment, and encourage the rediscovery of art’s affirmative life force, and its ability to inspire and motivate us to find new answers and fresh solutions.
The works in this exhibition are abstract, minimal, and vibrant in color, but beyond these common characteristics, there are many layers of visual and metaphorical layers to peel. Macyn Bolt’s use of color and shape to create two equal compositional divisions within the painting, symmetrically contrasting or mirroring each other, generates tension and energy within the work. Employing reductive geometry he allows spatial polarities to ricochet off each other to ultimately find a tentative equilibrium. Richard Bottwin's abstract, geometric, and architecturally or object inspired wall sculptures are minimal, playful, and characterized by the lavish use of materials – mostly wood and paint.
The simple forms are flawlessly constructed out of plywood and hardwood slabs that are sometimes laminated with exotic wood veneers, or painted with bright colors, and sometimes the wood is left raw or lightly stained with unusual stain colors to reveal the natural grain. These wall sculptures often hide an element of surprise, since the plywood surfaces are configured to reveal surprising shapes and patterns with shifts in the viewer’s perspective. Matthew Langley’s scaled down works on paper are the result of a yearlong project in which the artist took a break from his then current work, which was very structured, and over the course of a year, allowed himself a chance to explore anything that popped into his head creating a painting each day.
The ‘painting-a-day’ series’ focus on approaching work with openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconception of the final outcome has enabled the artist to find new ways of working and uncovered qualities about his work that were previously unknown to him.
Macyn Bolt is an artist living and working in New York and Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) and B.F.A. from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan). He has exhibited his work nationally at many venues of note, including Hal Bromm Gallery (New York, NY), Kim Foster Gallery (New York, NY), Heidi Cho Gallery (New York, NY), Perimeter Gallery (Chicago, IL), Simon Gallery (Morristown, NJ), and others. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, ARTnews, and Art In America. Additionally, his works are also included in several museum and corporate collections including Deutsche Bank, The Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, FL), The Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI), and the Newark Museum (Newark, NJ).
Richard Bottwin is an artist living and working in New York City. He has exhibited widely in solo exhibitions at OK Harris Gallery (NYC), Metaphor Contemporary Art (Brooklyn, NY), Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia PA), and Bernadette Salvage Fine Art (Brooklyn NY), as well as in group exhibitions at ODETTA Gallery (Brooklyn), Neuer Kunstverein (Aschaffenburg, DE), Key Projects (Long Island City, NY), Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit NJ), Galleri Tom Christoffersen (Copenhagen DK), among many others. His work is included in the public collections of The Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and Bayerische Landesbank (NYC).
Matthew Langley studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a BFA from The Corcoran School of Art. His work has been exhibited extensively in venues, such as Axom Gallery (Rochester, NY), Susan Calloway Fine Art (Washington DC), The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Pocket Utopia (Brooklyn), The Delaplaine Arts Center (Frederick, Maryland), and Blank Space (New York City). He has been featured and his work reviewed in publications such as Art in America, The Washington Post, and The Washington Citypaper, among others. He lives and works in New York City.