Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce Neverending Summer: a group exhibition featuring new and recent work by gallery artists Samantha Fields, David Fought, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Portia Hein, Amy Kaufman, Dharma Strasser MacColl, Amanda Marchand, and Stas Orlovski. Continuing our 20th anniversary celebration, the show spans a range of practices that have helped shape the programming at the gallery over the years.
Challenging the limits of their respective mediums, Samantha Fields and Amanda Marchand are known for their atmospheric studies of light. Fields’ airbrushed paintings are inspired by the ephemeral nature of light and its ability to define a specific place or fleeting moment in time. Marchand also experiments with alternative methods of capturing light through the language of photography. For Neverending Summer, Marchand introduces a new large-scale Lumen print of a meditation circle, rendering ethereal echoes of the human forms exposed by daylight.
David Fought tests the boundaries of negative and positive space with his free-standing sculptures. Through a process of heating and cooling metal rods, the artist bends his material into shapes that reflect the elemental lines of a drawing. Fought then fills some of the areas in between with plaster, resulting in geometric objects with both negative and positive spaces that quietly employ the viewer’s perspective.
Diana Guerrero-Maciá’s work investigates new relationships between the traditions of modernism, collage, craft, popular culture and painting. Materials such as wool, vinyl, cotton, felt, and leather are sewn together by hand to create bold compositions that humorously question their own identity.
Both Portia Hein and Dharma Strasser MacColl translate elements of the natural world into their work through a rhetoric of textural mark-making. Whether depicting a vase of flowers or light filtering through trees, Hein’s oil and acrylic paintings dwell on the singularity of a moment, mapped across varied surfaces of paint. On the other hand, MacColl focuses on notions of dichotomy, such as sculpture and the two-dimensional, the constructed and the organic. Influenced by Dutch botanical painting, MacColl’s recent Botanisch series incorporates floral and abstracted forms made from porcelain, leather, felt, gouache and thread, all meticulously composed on dark handmade paper.
The abstract paintings of Amy Kaufman are rooted in a formal practice and working knowledge of art history. Using charcoal, pastel or paint, the artist creates energetic compositions that shift between explicit and implied organic forms. In her recent work, Kaufman incorporates looser brush work and line quality which celebrates a careful balance of motion and calm.
Stas Orlovski’s work enlists a multitude of mediums throughout his practice — incorporating printmaking, collage, painting, drawing and video animation. Always in flux between dreams and reality, Orlovski’s lavish scenes reference a variety of sources from Japanese ukiyo-e prints to Russian folklore.