Echo Spectrum, a group show, co-curated by artists Mel Prest and Kirk Stoller, focuses on nine artists who share a common visual dialect through various media, at Trestle Gallery through March 28th, 2017.
Each artist explores fragile geometric structures that simultaneously seem to build-up and fall apart. This aesthetic is revealed through painting, sculpture, and mixed media works that appear to share a sympathetic vision and artistic search, even though they have been made in distant geographic locations by artists who are working independently of one another. A primary focus of these resonating artistic practices is the unexpected ways that the picture plane is addressed, and how compositional structures defy pictorial conventions. In three-dimensional form, the sculptures in this exhibition embody the process of their assembly, thereby showing both the qualities of expansion, and deconstruction.
That this gathering of contemporary artworks, presented in Echo Spectrum, could be organized into such a cohesive whole exemplifies artists’ ability to authentically connect in a digital age. Each of the nine featured artists: Sarah Bednarek, Nelleke Beltjens, Vivien Collens, Hanz Hancock, Lauri Hopkins, Anna Kunz, Patrick Morrissey, Andy Parkinson, and Leslie Smith III, currently working in locations as disparate as Ghent, Belgium; Nottingham and London, England; Brooklyn, Chicago, and Madison, WI in the US. The Internet helps artists and curators access creative dialogue by enabling geographically decentralized artistic movements. In turn, artists’ shared aesthetic pursuits surface, despite physical distance.
This exhibition presents proof of parallel work and artworks that emphasize the relevance of abstraction, and its inherent accessibility. By utilizing the objective qualities of color, form, movement, pattern, and repetition, the artwork featured in Echo Spectrum transcends age, culture, gender, place, and other isolating factors. Therefore, the viewer is encouraged to be present as the artwork delivers an intimate view into the ideas, intention, and labor of these artists, who wish to share of themselves and their work with others, by offering us a way, through their work, to connect across borders and time.
Trestle Gallery presents a discussion on "Artist as Curator" on March 14th at 7pm as part of the exhibit Echo Spectrum on view through March 28th, 2017.
This special talk will feature curators Kirk Stoller, Vince Contarino, and Catherine Haggerty. They will be coming together to discuss their curatorial efforts as artists, and how these experiences work into or influence their own art practices.
Kirk Stoller will also be discussing his role as co-curator (with artist/curator Mel Prest) of the current exhibition Echo Spectrum at the gallery.