Sam Gilliam “Red Echo, 2005, acrylic on birch, 28 × 28 × 2 1/2 inches
191 Henry Street, between Clinton and Jefferson
East Village / Lower East Side
July 25 - August 24, 2012
Reception: Wednesday, July 25, 6 - 8 PM
Pocket Utopia is pleased to present “Lyrical Color,” a group exhibition featuring Rico Gatson, Sam Gilliam, Brece Honeycutt, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Jane Kent, Meg Lipke, Maggie Michael, Dan Steinhilber, and David Storey.
Color has an echo and at this exhibition’s center is Sam Gilliam, internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost Color Field Painter and Lyrical Abstractionist artists (Wikipedia). Around Gilliam, there’s restraint, equanimity and balance. There is the blackness of both Rico Gatson’s and Dan Steinhilber’s sculptural abstractions, which are intensified by Jane Kent’s overlapping musical scores, further blurred by Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson painting upon silk threads and made distinct by Meg Lipke’s beeswax and India-inked and fabric dyed drawings.
The exhibition is further articulated by Maggie Michael’s sprayed paintings and tastefully displayed on the pages of Brece Honeycutt’s avocado-dyed book. David Storey’s painting of invented shapes with its brightly colored oranges and subtle browns reminds us that summer is a time to reflect and cloud gaze.