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ZC Collections '05

Apr 05, 2005-Apr 15, 2005

Press Release | Artists

ZONE:Chelsea is pleased to present an exhibition of featured works from the Collection.  The work of these thirteen artists display varied approaches to the evolution of modernist aesthetics, and defy easy categorization in their transcendence of recent art historical and critical theory.


Diane Burko뭩 oil on canvas diptych was painted during her six-month residency at Giverny.  This diptych represents Monet뭩 familiar waterlilies, painted on site in 1989.  The painterly surface and unusual perspective call to mind the early modernists, who eschewed painting literal representations of the landscape, and instead used color and structure to evoke the landscape and its associations.  Burko referred to these paintings in American Artist as 밻ssays on meditations motifs of solitude and self-examination.


The watercolors and prints of John Cage incorporate his methodology of chance operations and his invented process of creating works using the dictates of various Eastern sources, such as the I Ching.  Like Burko뭩 paintings, these works are also meditations, and are often inspired by places of quiet contemplation, such as Zen gardens. Francesco Clemente뭩 symbolic pictograph aquatints are black and white, read almost as texts in themselves.  Clemente is associated with the group of Italian artists that initiated a return to figurative painting in the 1970s. His deeply personal work is inspired by such diverse sources as ancient civilizations, astrology, dreams, and memories.

Two portraits are shown here, Chuck Close뭩 Leslie and Alex Katz뭩 Reclining Figure.  Both are color prints, but display widely different methods of image making.  The watery, pixellated frontal portrait of Leslie seems to alternately dissolve and solidify, like a memory or mirage.  Katz뭩 woman is seen in the hard-edged contrast of sunlight, very near yet psychological remote, her eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses.


Molly Davies intense, bright red and yellow installation shows cautionary sign with unusual symbols, and subtitles in Chinese.  Davies video Autopsy is also on display.  Since the 1960s, Davies has been creating experimental films and multimedia installations, often collaborative and incorporating music. Elaine de Kooning뭩 petroglyph aquatints were inspired by travels to Lascaux and Altamira, the prehistoric caves in France and Spain.  De Kooning뭩 밫orchlight cave drawings were influenced by the experience of viewing the timeless imagery which had been preserved for millenia. Richard Diebenkorn뭩 etchings display a commonality with his Ocean Park series of paintings.  Abstract structures of light and dark play to create space and evoke his beloved Pacific landscape. Judy Hill displays ceramic and glass sculpture?


A large painting in oil and alkyd by Valerie Jaudon exemplifies her interest in visual perception and perfection of technique.  Initially associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s, Jaudon뭩 current work is related to the field of Conceptual Abstraction. Ray Kass watercolors and silk collages draw inspiration from the rivers, cliffs and forests of Virginia.  The elemental forces are captured in abstract washes of color and laid silk.  Illuminated from within, these paintings suggest the essence of nature as a vehicle for transcendence.


In the lyrical and tectonic works of Jackie Matisse, kites take flight as symbols of chance and freedom.  In one series, Matisse draws tiny figures flying kites on the peaks of great mountaintops displayed on postcards, recalling her experimentation with kite-flying performances in alternate spaces, such as underwater and in virtual reality.  The collages, drawings and paintings of kite bodies and tails here reference varied sources, from the moon to broken dishes, to early modern abstraction.


Finally, in Pat Steir뭩 waterfall prints, a soap ground aquatint process is used to recreate the tumbling movement of Steir뭩 paintings.  Steir뭩 work alludes to the connections between late modernist painting and Chinese landscape painting.  Her unique mix of representation and abstract expressionism is influenced by Taoist ideas of nature and transformation.



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