Visiting Artists '13
Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Matthew Brandt blurs the line between the photograph and photographed: his subject matter both visually and physically informs the work. Whether developing photographs of lakes and reservoirs with water from the sites or printing portraits of family and friends with their own sweat and tears, Brandt's deep understanding of obscure historical processes and his experimental approach allow him to create uniquely interconnected works that are revelatory and captivating.
Ann Pibal paints refined and precise geometric abstractions that draw on references from the history of painting, design, and architecture. Her concise compositions on aluminum revolve around notions of balance-of forms and complex color palettes as well as texture and brush stroke. Her surfaces hold palpable tension between near-pristine areas of pure uninterrupted color and fields of loosely applied paint, which can convey a complex range of emotional and historical associations. In this, Pibal's abstractions create allusive hints to landscapes, portraits, and even struggle and successes.
Alison Saar's sculptures and installations frequently explore themes of the African cultural diaspora and spirituality. Her powerful works are made from a variety of materials, including wood, dirt, rots, glue, tin, way, and found objects that are artifacts and witnesses of human lives and help imbue her work with thier own spirit and wisdom.
Pozen Center For Interrelated Media
Ann Hamilton is a pongnant ovserver of social history with a uinique capacity to materialize abstract concepts such as language, memory, and time. She is renowned for her large-scale, labor-intensive, and site-responsive installations.
Pozen Center for Interrelated Media
Suara Welitoff creates lyrical and meditative videos that elevate the everyday to the poetic. Working with short sequences of film set in an infinite loop that she alters by slowing the tempo and reducing the color to a limited palette the videos take on a beautiful even hypnotic effect. Welitoff is the 2012 recipient of deCordova's Rappaport Prize.
Bill Thompson: 20 Years of Printmaking at Center Street Studio
President's Gallery, 11th Floor, Tower Building
Although well known for his slick-surfaced abstract sculptures, Bill Thompson's two-decade-long collaboration with master printmaker James Stroud at Center Street Studios has created a complementary body of work that relates to and sometimes informs his three-dimensional pieces. The long-term partnership allows Thompson to experiment with new forms, even those that would be impractical or impossible for him to sculpt. The resulting prints are arresting works that both celebrate and expand the parameters of his artmaking practice.