Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Peter Halley Gouaches on View at Karma, New York


KARMA
Peter Halley
Boats Crosses Trees Figures
Gouaches 1977–78

March 1–31, 2017


KARMA
188 East 2nd Street
New York, NY 10009


Karma is pleased to announce Peter Halley, Boats Crosses Trees Figures, a survey of the artist’s early works on paper produced in 1977 and 1978, during his years living in New Orleans.

In these gouaches and cut-paper collages, color-saturated grids of squares and rectangles are assembled into a lexicon of symbolic representations of landscapes, boats, teepees, crosses, and the human figure. The works draw from an exuberant range of sources including Navajo and Hopi traditions, Islamic art and architecture, West African textiles, the paper cut-outs of Henri Matisse, and even David Hockney’s waggish LA paintings of the 1960s.

Embracing an ebullient anthropological romanticism, these works of the late 70s stand in stark contrast to the pessimism soon to appear in Halley’s austere works of the 1980s, with their emphasis on the here-and-now of a society dominated by capitalism and digital technology.

As described in Richard Speer’s catalogue essay, “Before the Fall,” Halley’s use of high-keyed geometry in these New Orleans works persists, even though his world view becomes radically transformed. The idyllic vision that the artist, then in his 20s, constructed in verdant New Orleans gives way to the postlapsarian dystopia of New York, the Reagan era, and the digital carceral.

A new publication cataloguing Halley's gouaches with a text by Richard Speer has been published on the occasion of the exhibition. 

Peter Halley, Boats Crosses Trees Figures 1977-78
Text by Richard Speer
Karma, New York, 2017
136 pages, Hardcover
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches
$40 Purchase

www.karmakarma.org

Matthew Kolodziej Exhibition at the University of Mount Union

Matthew Kolodziej

Intervals:  Small Works

March 3 - April 2, 2017

Reception March 16, 4-6 pm


Sally Otto Gallery
University of Mount Union

Giese Center for the Performing Arts
35 W. Simpson Street

Alliance, OH 44601






Matthew Kolodziej, Storage, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 17 inches


Matthew Kolodziej, Slice, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 17 inches


Matthew Kolodziej, Lumen (detail), 2016




Matthew Kolodziej Included in Exhibition at Cleveland State University

The Galleries at Cleveland State University
1307 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44115\216-687-2103

THE CURIOUS CASE OF COLOR
Exhibition:  March 10 - April 15, 2017
An exhibition exploring color as a primary perceptual phenomenon with works by:


Audra Skuodas  
Julian Stanczak  
Matthew Kolodziej 
Lorri Ott  
Rachel Beamer  
Lynda Britton  
Dennis Long  
Paul O’Keeffe  
Lorri Ott  
John Pearson
Qian Li 
Douglas Sanderson  
Anna Tararova 



Matthew Kolodziej, Muses, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 108 x 180 inches


Matthew Kolodziej, Muses (detail)


Matthew Kolodziej, Muses (as installed)