Microscopes and Binoculars Curated by Michael Wille March 20 - April 11, 2015 Curator's Talk: Friday March 20 @ 7:00pm Microscopes and Binoculars includes a group of painters, from New York to Los Angeles (and many places in between), whose works portray a commitment to various permutations of abstract painting. These artists, in my eyes as the curator, are the type of makers and thinkers who continuously mine a particular territory of inquiry. Rather than jumping around, these artists just keep digging. A curiosity forces them to continue to look, engaged in the simple act of paying close attention to what makes a painting worth making. It’s a type of reasoning I don’t try too hard to define in terminology, but one that I doggedly seek each time I walk into someone’s studio or a gallery to see art. I am trying to examine the hard-to-define crevices within art where a painting can be clear to see yet simultaneously seem so close to unraveling. I enjoy looking. I like intensely looking, taking meticulous notes on what I see. I daydream about what I’ve culled, and analyze what it could be. Observations are fleeting unless I take rigorous notes. The in-progress moments within making a painting are fleeting as well---yet a painting on a wall is static, quiet. A finished painting allows a viewer to similarly examine in a painting how each artist may perceive their surroundings in the world. Paying attention to one’s own observing matters more than what one pays attention to. Artists included: Todd Arsenault Thomas Berding Vince Contarino Mark Joshua Epstein Rubens Ghenov Rema Ghuloum Clare Grill Gina Hunt Jason Karolak Christopher Kuhn Lucy Mink Henry Samelson Nichole van Beek Michael Wille Catalogs are available (free).
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