Making Strategies

Andy Hall, Leslie Baum, Joell Baxter, Nick Brown, Ben Dowell, Alexander Herzog, Matt Rich, Jennifer Rochlin, and Scott Wolniak

06/12/2015-07/17/2015

Installation View, Making Strategies, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2015

Installation View, Making Strategies​, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2015

Installation View, Making Strategies​, Geary Contemporary, New York, 2015

Ben Dowell, Untitled, oil on canvas, 72" x 72", 2014

 

Matt Rich, Red Stack, acrylic on cut and laminated paper, 43" x 58", 2014

 

Andy Hall Area Game

Andy Hall, Area Game, dye and ink on silk, dimensions variable, 2015

Scott Wolniak, Tablet IV, ink, acrylic, and watercolor on carved plaster on wood, 17" x 11.5", 2014

 

Nick Brown, Totemic Passage, oil on canvas, 88" x 50", 2015

 

Leslie Baum

Studio view

 

Press Release

NEW YORK, NY (May 14, 2015) – Jack and Dolly Geary are pleased to announce the group exhibition, Making Strategies, which will be on view from June 13 through July 17, 2015, with an opening reception for the artists on Friday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Making Strategies explores the unscripted nature of the artist’s studio, a site of controlled decisions and instinctive discoveries aiming for a tangible, subjective expression. The studio—from the Italian studiolo, a place for contemplative reflection—is one of the more intimate, compelling, and revered spaces to the public mindset, and invites an almost voyeuristic curiosity for the layperson. This show presents the work of several artists who devise methods of working that are specific to their personal processes, conceptual physics, and material inventions. Inherent to their artworks are visible components of the methods and means they employed for successful fabrication of the piece, thus allowing a glimpse into their creative coordination of mind, eye, and hand.

 

Just as there is no one single type of studio space, there is no one single language for the cycles of discovery and tactile feedback that happen in the studio and around art making. Artists’ in-studio solutions can be both confounding and revelatory, as those solutions move in a forward motion that are irreversible but never linear. From the well of invention pours endless iterations by way of intentional gestures, harnessed accidents, indirect forces, and tools purposely designed for the task that creates the desired effect.

 

The process reveals the need, the need incites the mind. And so process and mind are at once symbiotically entwined. Here, we welcome viewers to get a glimpse of the collaborative apparitions that vaguely prompt us! Follow the flow! Enter through portals to strategic quasar imagining!

 

Making Strategies is an exhibition, but also a conversation that was initiated by gallery artist Andy Hall. It features work by Leslie Baum, Joell Baxter, Nick Brown, Ben Dowell, Andy Hall, Alexander Herzog, Matt Rich, Jennifer Rochlin, and Scott Wolniak.