Strange Abstraction

Featuring Lisa Beck, Michael Berryhill, Steve DiBenedetto, Michelle Grabner, Joanne Greenbaum, Xylor Jane, Jonathan Lasker, Chris Martin, Nancy Shaver, Arlene Shechet, Cary Smith, Dan Walsh, B. Wurtz

January 21 - February 20, 2016

B. Wurtz

Untitled, 2012

Wood, wire plastic netbags, thread

29 x 14 x 5.25 inches

Jonathan Lasker

A Second Partial History, 2008

Oil on canvas board

12 x 16 inches

Michelle Grabner

Untitled, 2014

Silerpoint and gesso on panel

36 inches (diameter)

Arlene Shechet

The Possibility of Ghosts, 2013

Glazed ceramic, steel

47 1/4 x 23 x 16 1/4 inches

Lisa Beck

Pier II, 2015

Oil and enamel paint on mylar

72 x 36 inches

Xylor Jane

Dying Everyday 1963 - 2044, 2006

Oil on panel

43 x 43 inches

Joanne Greenbaum

Untitled, 2013

Oil, acrylic, and ink on canvas

90 x 70 inches

Cary Smith

Pointed Splat #6 (yellow - pink with colorblock), 2013

Oil on linen

50 x 50 inches

Nancy Shaver

Material Excess, 1994 - 2004

Wooden blocks, silk, plaster, paper ink

12 x 11 x 6.5 inches

Chris Martin

Untitled, 2009 - 2015

Mixed media on canvas 

46 x 38 inches

Micheal Berryhill

Beachcomber, 2016

Oil on linen

18 x 14 inches

Arlene Shechet

With History, 2015

Glazed ceramic, painted steel, and hardwood

32 1/2 x 22 x 17 inches

Steve DiBenedetto

Quasiopolis, 2015

Oil on linen

21 x 25 inches

Joanne Greenbaum

Untitled, 2014

Oil and archival marker on canvas

78 7/8 x 73 1/8 inches

Cary Smith

Straight Lines #25 (black), 2016

Oil on linen

25 x 20 inches

Steve DiBenedetto

Awkward Crease, 2015

Oil on linen

23 x 18 inches

Steve DiBenedetto

Haggler, 2015

Oil on linen

20 x 16 inches

Dan Walsh

Blink, 2013

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 40 inches

Press Release

Strange Abstraction
JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 20, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, January 21 from 6 to 8 pm


Lisa Beck
Michael Berryhill
Steve DiBenedetto
Michelle Grabner
Joanne Greenbaum
Xylor Jane
Jonathan Lasker
Chris Martin
Nancy Shaver
Arlene Shechet
Cary Smith
Dan Walsh
B. Wurtz

 

 

 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to present Strange Abstraction, an exhibition of painting and sculpture by thirteen artists who share an off-kilter approach to modernist abstraction. Each artist has established an individual artistic territory that is very much their own with work that is highly inventive in both the handling of materials and composition.

 

Strange Abstraction underlines a sensibility that has less to do with stylistic similarities than with a shared facility in uniting contradictory creative impulses. In the past we have viewed art as either intuitive or cerebral, as in the Robert Lowell dichotomy of “the raw and the cooked.”  The strange or uncanny quality that runs through the works in this exhibition seems to come from the friction of allowing both idioms to exist at once, in varying degrees. They act like a Mobius strip; as soon as one takes hold in the viewer’s mind, the other asserts its strange but never disharmonious presence.

 

Fredericks & Freiser is located at 536 West 24th Street, New York, NY. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For more information on Strange Abstraction, please contact Mariana O’Naghten at (212) 633-6555 or email info@fredericksfreisergallery.com. Or visit us online at www.fredericksfreisergallery.com and on Instagram @fredericksandfreiser.