Monday, October 7, 2013

Rhombus Space Presents: "Fine Lines" w/ Helen Dennis, Nils Folke Anderson, Jason Peters, and Ann Stewart

<><>RHOMBUS SPACE<><>   183 Lorraine St, 3FL #33 Brooklyn, NY 11231

Nils Folke Anderson, Reciprocal link (Instances)
painted wood, dimensions variable/nested dimensions 6"x8.5"x2.5", 2006


Rhombus Space is proud to present Fine Lines curated by Katerina Lanfranco.
Featuring artwork by Helen Dennis, Nils Folke Anderson, Jason Peters, and Ann Stewart.

October 18 – November 17, 2013
Reception: Friday October 18, 6-8 PM

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 PM and by appointment
(extended hours during the weekend of Gowanus Open Studios October 19 & 20)

Fine Lines features work by four artists who use architectural references and architectonic designs in their art – using line as a visual building block is central to all of the work in this show. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture; all of which demonstrates a shared interest and investigation of architecturally inspired relationships in art.

We live in buildings, move through and around them during the course of our daily lives, but yet they tend to disappear in their ubiquity. Solid forms dissipate and become invisible in a way that we take for granted the air that we breathe. Whether it is the incomprehensible heaviness of the concrete and brick that dissects and divides our urban landscape, or the lateral surpassing of our visual field that makes the geometric carving-up of our space fade – the artists in Fine Lines focus our attention to architectural design and detail. They pare down architectural elements and represent them as unexpected, surprising realizations of the forms that exist in our lives, usually too familiar to be noticed, and yet here they are reduced and amplified.

Helen Dennis draws with light by creating photographs and large-scale installations depicting urban architectural scenes using an alternative photographic process where layers of drawings act as the source negatives for her photographic images. Nils Folke Anderson’s sculptures, paintings, and installations encourage a direct, physical and subjective engagement with architectural forms such as in his series of Reciprocal Link works - where elements can be alternated so that each one has the exact same position as the next. Jason Peters uses common objects in unfamiliar ways. Through repetition and at a scale that creates an interaction with their environment, these objects shift from having a utilitarian function to a conceptual one, and thereby become surprising and unpredictable. Ann Stewart’s interest in the chemical process of sublimation (the transition between solid and gas states) is expressed in a labor intensive, process-based approach to making work that result from continual drawing and erasing of an image until a micro-macro cosmology of forms emerges through mapping and patterning.

These artists approach space in unique ways, all of them referencing architectural form with an emphasis on lines. Fine Lines is an art show where simplified formal elements and visual information become visual poetics moving between familiar form and elegant abstraction.

Helen Dennis, originally from the UK, moved to New York in 2002 to earn her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally, including a site-specific installation at The Lab Gallery in NYC. She has created a number of public art works commissioned by the City of New York, including a project for the Downtown Alliance of New York. Dennis has been awarded several international art residencies taking her to Beijing, Cyprus, Iceland, and most recently Portland, Oregon.
Helen Dennis,  Grand Central, NYC, photographic drawing 40 x 48"
Nils Folke Anderson was born in Washington, DC and is now based in New York where he earned his BFA from The Cooper Union, and his MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. His work is in a number of public and private collections including NASA’s permanent collection at the Kennedy Space Center. Anderson’s work has been published and reviewed in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, ARTnews, and Public Art Review. His piece, Pioneers Gate, a 24-foot stainless steel permanent public commission was completed in London, England in 2012. 
Nils Folke Anderson, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 17 x 21"
Jason Peters is based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Mobile, AL, raised in Munich, Germany, and earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute Collage of Art. Peters’ large-scale installations have been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally, including: Mattress Factory, PA; Katonah Museum of Art, NY; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, OK; Pulitzer Art Foundation MO; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, NE; Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe, NM; Sculpture Space, NY; Salina Art Center, KS; Robert Berman Gallery, CA, and Time Square Alliance, NY.
Jason Peters, Untitled, silver ink on black paper, 11 x 11 x 6.5"
Ann Stewart is a visual artist from Atlanta, Georgia.  She earned her BFA in Painting from Auburn University, and her MFA from the University of Michigan. Stewart uses drawing, painting, printmaking, and installation to investigate the visualization of perception. She is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, she was awarded two printmaking residencies, one at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, and the other at the Penland School of Craft.
Ann Stewart, Epicenter, etching and aquatint on paper 12 x 12"
Fine Lines explores how these artists share a common sensibility of defined forms and articulated geometry in their work, using line as a visual element that is unanimously refined and elegant.
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For more information please contact Katerina Lanfranco at Rhombus Space.