BRIAN PORRAY, ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆, 2014
Five by Five
September 14 – October 26, 2014
CB1 Gallery presents Five by Five, which brings together one new work by each of the five artists, Rachel K. Bury, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Brian Porray, John Schlue and Jaime Scholnick. The unique vision of each of the artists comes through loud and clear in the five strong pieces presented in the exhibition. Five by Five opens on September 14, 2014 and will be on view through October 26th, with a reception for the artists on Sunday, September 14th, 5 - 7 p.m.
Starting with a flat plane, Rachel K Bury, a recent Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA graduate, paints on plastic, working in reverse to create abstract and perspectival imagery, destroying the original image in order to reanimate it and find new interactions between mark, color, layers, and materiality. Playing with the line of the perimeter she allows the wall to come into the painting, subtly exposing a separation from the wall. Her piece in the exhibition is concerned with the differentials from dark to light, warm to cool, vertical to horizontal, mark to solid.
Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s Historial del sitio actual ó ¡que bonitos colores han usado! is at once generic and site-specific. It was created by gridding and sanding the entire back wall of the gallery utilizing the existing paint in a range of colors from previous exhibitions over the gallery's 4 1⁄2 year￼history. Each square was sanded for different lengths of time to uncover various layers of paint. The resulting tile-like abstraction reveals its subject matter: the cumulative previous colors on the wall, its history. The piece is reminiscent of Hurtado Segovia's Papel tejido weavings, but obviously site-specific.
Brian Porray’s new paintings seem to be some sort of portraiture, or maybe they are still life paintings. Based on his plants, or more so his experience of his plants, they share some vibe or connection with the plants. Using synthetic polymer, spray-paint and colored pencil his paintings have their own power. With the slightest suggestion of eyeballs or maybe tunnels, there is something unseen just on the other side. Like windows, one can look inside the paintings but they can look inside the viewer too.
For the last four years, John Schlue has been integrating acrylic craft felt into his oil paintings. Interested in exploring how the two materials work together and the way the felt devours light differently than an oil-painted surface, his approach to the felt is similar to the way he uses traditional brush strokes. For this particular painting the artist pushes this concept further, using thick oil paint applied with a pallet knife to challenge the textural nature of the felt.
A little maniacal, Jaime Scholnick’s piece, Fuck You, Peek-a Boo is a synthesis of her work to date. Continuing the artist’s work with discarded materials, she salvaged two bags of stuffed animals from the rag-warehouse next door to her studio. After her dog and a neighbor’s dog played tug of war and beheaded the animals she rewired one adding a new battery creating sound in the piece. Utilizing a piece of discarded polystyrene that looked like a dog bone, she covered it with the skinned “animals” and placed the severed heads into the forms, which she had collaged and painted with her drawings.