April 28 - June 9, 2017
Opening Friday, April 28th, 6-9pm
MAIN GALLERY | Michael Voss - Paintings with Names and Related Drawings
WAITING ROOM | Tracy Grayson
PROJECT SPACE | Daniel Wenk - Recent Tapings
BACK ROOM | Sean Sullivan - WEST/END/BLUES
NEW YORK – 57W57ARTS is pleased to announce four solo exhibitions featuring the works of Michael Voss, Tracy Grayson, Daniel Wenk and Sean Sullivan. On view from April 28th through June 9th, there will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, April 28th, from 6-9pm.
In the Main Gallery, Michael Voss will present a series of abstract paintings on linen and a selection of recent drawings. Voss’s small-scale canvases embody a subtly-shifting boundary between deceptive simplicity and stealth complexity. They are composed of color gestures that are as strikingly intimate as they are vastly open-ended. Voss does not just title his paintings, he names them; Jacqueline, Ana Garcia, Fuentes. By intuitively naming each canvas upon its completion, Voss ties his work to the notion that a name is at once an abstract and general term while also personifying a specific individual.
Michael Voss received his MFA from Hunter College. His work has been shown in gallery & museum exhibitions throughout the US and internationally, including George Lawson Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Parallel Art Space (Brooklyn, NY), Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, CA), Raum X (London) and ABContemporary (Switzerland). Voss’s work is in the permanent collections of Bayerische Staatskanzlei, Munich; BMW AG, Munich; and Alcoa, Lever House, New York. In November 2017 Voss will have a solo exhibition at Galerie Wittenbrink in Germany.
In the Waiting Room, Tracy Grayson will present paintings from several series made between 1999 and the present. Some of the paintings contain 4 x 6 inch rectangles, the format of the once-ubiquitous snapshot, with its pictorial content faithfully rendered or replaced by a monochrome. In others, pieces of masking tape are traced, assigned color, and organized across the picture plane. In both cases the literal tracing of the objects assures one to one scale and precise representation. Another series focuses on the perception of light and space and their traditional means of depiction. Here the motifs are sun and sky. In subsequent paintings, the infinite quality of this space is mitigated by a pattern layered across the surface of the painting as both object and image. Each series, like each work, frames questions of objectivity and subjectivity, material fact and the fictions of representation.
After graduating from U.C.L.A., Tracy Grayson began exhibiting in 1985 with a solo show at White Columns. He has been represented by Wolff Gallery, New York, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, and Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles and included in numerous group exhibits, most recently at Nurture Art and Fresh Window in Bushwick. Reviews of his work have appeared in Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times, and The L.A. Times. A recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, he currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Daniel Wenk’s exhibition Recent Tapings will be featured in the gallery’s Project Space. Working exclusively with adhesive tape since 1986, Wenk utilizes the natural characteristics of his chosen material to explore concepts of transience, improvisation, durability and wear. His minimalist compositions, incorporating serial processes of layering and repetition, are firmly located on the border between drawing and sculpture. The works presented in this exhibition are made of tape on aluminum composite panel and were completed in 2017.
Born in 1962 in Tubingen, Germany, Daniel Wenk studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. His works are in private and public collections including F.E. Staatsgalerie (Stuttgart), Pinkakothek Der Moderne (Munich) and Daimler Contemporary (Berlin). From 1989 onwards Wenk has had extensive stays in New York, Chicago, Moscow, Paris and San Paolo. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
In the gallery’s Back Room, Sean Sullivan will present WEST / END / BLUES, a selection of works made within a four week period at the tail end of what the artist describes as a very long creative push in a single direction. These pieces were made in reaction to this singularly-focused time; a deliberate change of course, allowing for play, experimentation and chance to unfold. To engage in such a process, Sullivan states: “It means to discover and not necessarily find. It has no history, mythology or romance tied to it. Is it a beginning or an end? Too soon to tell. I would simply call it sound.”
Born in 1975, Sean Sullivan has had work in several solo, two-person and group exhibitions throughout New York and Chicago. Recent solo shows include Sunset, Saudad Station, at Devening Projects + Editions (Chicago); Ubbe & Sacco at 510 Warren Street Gallery (Hudson, NY); Object and Influence at Hygienic Gallery (New London, CT) and Son of a Son of a Son at KMOCA (Kingston, NY). Sullivan lives and works in Hudson Valley, NY.