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NATHAN RANDALL GREEN: Over the Sun
After years of building a tongue-in-cheek vocabulary based on the histories of modern abstraction, hardware store materiality, and traditional crafting techniques, Nathan Randall Green is simplifying his language in his ambitious task of reexamining the act and history of painting. Over the Sun is an exploration into the formal and structural qualities of abstract painting. In the studio, Green is influenced by a diverse set of interests, ranging from Paleolithic rock carvings to Particle Physics and Bedouin rugs to the Bauhaus. These interests are coupled with a studio practice that fluctuates between different styles and modes of working at once, simultaneously painting and building to create pictures that address their own physicality, as well as the labor they were born of.
The work in Over the Sun is fulfilling an earnestly romantic notion; Green is attracted to the universality and timelessness sought by many abstract painters over a century ago, including Kazimir Malevich. Existing as experiments in form, line, color, and texture, these paintings can function as a respite from the objective world. Over the Sun exhibits the contemporary relevance of playful energy, generosity, and the Russian Constructivist’s idea of the “primacy of pure feeling.”

KEVIN TODORA: Project Gallery
Ask any given person, and Kevin Todora’s work could be described as photography, painting, or sculpture. These are only partial answers. By presenting images in unconventional formats, Todora minimizes the certainty associated with photography while creating something more authentic: objects with exposed substrates and the tell-tale signs of digital printing processes. The resulting work falls on the trajectory of artists like Jon Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. In the effort to sort through the visual information in this work, the viewer is practicing a criticism of images in contemporary culture. Todora will have an exhibition concurrently at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
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