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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
Jonathan Lasker, A Second Partial History, 2008
Michelle Grabner, Untitled, 2014
Arlene Shechet, The Possibility of Ghosts, 2013
Lisa Beck, Pier II, 2015
Xylor Jane, Dying Everyday 1963 - 2044, 2006
Joanne Greenbaum, Untitled, 2013
Cary Smith, Pointed Splat #6 (yellow - pink with colorblock), 2013
Nancy Shaver, Material Excess, 1994 - 2004
Chris Martin, Untitled, 2009 - 2015
Micheal Berryhill, Beachcomber, 2016
Arlene Shechet, With History, 2015
Steve DiBenedetto, Quasiopolis, 2015
Joanne Greenbaum, Untitled, 2014
Cary Smith, Straight Lines #25 (black), 2016
Steve DiBenedetto, Awkward Crease, 2015
Steve DiBenedetto, Haggler, 2015
Dan Walsh, Blink, 2013
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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 Or visit us online at and on Instagram @fredericksandfreiser.