The Hole gallery can be hit (Holton Rower, André Saraiva) or miss (Jim Joe) with its single artist exhibits, but it tends to get it right when curating a group show where work by multiple artists follows a common theme, and they deserve high fives all around for Not a Painting, a vibrant new group show which opened on Tuesday, June 9th.
Not a Painting presents a group exhibit of wall-based works from emerging artists that are contingent upon painting, or refer to painting, or negate painting; but are not paintings. Partipating artists include Adam Parker Smith, Andrew McNay, Bob Eikelboom, Colin Oulighan, Evan Robarts, Evie Falci, Ezra Tessler, Gabriel Pionkowski, Martha Friedman, Nick Theobald, Radamés Juni Figueroa and Will Stewart. With an expansive array of materials, these individuals construct artworks that hang on the wall and have the logic of a painting but that do not use paint on canvas.
Here are a few of our favorite pieces from this fun show!
Evan Robarts uses a weathered chain link fence as his canvas and places found colored balls where he would otherwise want to apply paint. This one is so clever.
Adam Parker Smith’s Bob has the appearance of a caricature drawn with a finger on a condensation-covered antique mirror, but the condensation is actually clear resin.
Evie Falci’s Ani (above left), and Manipura (above right) were created by affixing brightly colored rhinestones to denim. Bedazzling!
Ezra Tessler’s row of monochromatic, identically shaped wall sculptures were created using oil paint on paper pulp over aluminum awning parts. Here’s a closer detail shot, below.
Martha Friedman casts colored rubber to make what looks like a slice of Pimento Loaf stuck to the wall. Brilliant.
Not A Painting will be on Exhibit Through July 26th, 2015 at The Hole, Located at 312 Bowery (at Bleecker) in NYC.