DEDICATED TO LIVING AMONGST OPPOSING FORCES
In December, Hall Spassov Gallery will feature work by artist, Benjamin Britton in our second exhibition together. We will hold an artist reception on Friday, December 1st from 5-8pm. This exhibition will run through January 31st.
“The paintings in this exhibition place fragments of visual experiences into a wind tunnel flooded with unnamed forces. The result is that we catch glimpses of representation within something we can recognize as dynamic abstract painting. The specificity of a setting, even if it remains unnamable, is conjured through color, light, and shadow. I am inspired by his experiences living in the polyglot, analog, in-real-life, streets-and-trees, open spaces and built environments occupied by human culture and plants and animals, with little regard for categorization. In this case, the imagery is defined by the treatment of forces moving through the painting.
Life is blended at varying speeds throughout the exhibition. The conditions and permissions of those forces are important to note; they perforate, rend, and shred, but they also gather, flutter, and float like leaves in the breeze. The value of living in the fullness of the world is reflected in a beauty of the awkward and temporary variety. There is a celebratory note in the midst of a world that is a danger to its self. I’m advocating for persisting in messy and conflicted physical spaces where our perceptions are invited brush into each other amidst an overall condition, like weather, that defines our local lived experience of civilization.” -Britton
Benjamin Britton received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 1999 and his MFA in painting from UCLA in 2008. His work is included in the public West Collection and the High Museum of Art and many private collections, and has been reviewed in the LA Times and Art in America. Benjamin Britton lives and works in Athens, GA.
In November, Hall Spassov Gallery will feature the work of Erik Hall. Before founding the gallery in 2006, Hall spent the first five years of his now fifteen-year career exclusively painting works on canvas. In this time the artist has managed to create one of the most recognizable styles in American landscape painting today. Hall’s landscapes are a captivating look at what can happen to a traditional subject matter when brought forward with method at the forefront. That is to say that the subject of the painting is not the landscape, but the process itself.
“My work as an artist is the mainstay of my life. I have many interests certainly, but they all in their own way serve painting. My aesthetic has been built through years and years of evolving habit, the depths of which will likely only be known to me. My effort is not to satisfy the public or the patron. It is for me alone. The process is seemingly needless, laborious and tedious. It is often painful even, but every mark is fulfilling a need for me.”
Selections 2002-2017 by Erik Hall will be on view at Hall Spassov Gallery from November 2nd through November 30th 2017. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on November 2nd from 5-8PM with the artist in attendance.
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