|Donald Martiny |
SF36 - 2.8.14-3.8.14
For the 36th exhibit in San Francisco, we are proud to be showing new paintings by New York and Chapel Hill, NC-based artist Donald Martiny, works in polymer medium and dispersed pigment that form swaths of paint directly against the wall. Martiny extends the formal underpinnings of the radical or fundamental painting movement, foregoing traditional support altogether. Martiny’s high relief would suggest a hybrid form with sculpture, yet his working method and his conceptual focus ground these works firmly in the principles of painting. Martiny studied at the School of the Visual Arts and The Art Students League in New York, New York University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work is in private collections in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Amsterdam, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has an upcoming solo at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and is currently participating in the East Wing Biennial at the Courtauld Institute in London, along with Julie Mehretu, Bridget Riley and others. This is his second solo show with the gallery.
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SF35 - 1.4.14-2.1.14
For exhibition 35 we are pleased to be showing recent paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Jacob Melchi, fresh off his participation in Santa Monica's California Heritage Museum show, NEW ARTISTS ON THE MAP. This is his second solo with the gallery in addition to the group, Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like in 2012. Melchi has for some time been the studio assistant of painter Charles Arnoldi and in recent years has emerged in his own right as one of Los Angeles' strongest painters. A 2003 MFA graduate of Otis, Melchi's work has been shown previously at institutions such as The Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, The Torrance Art Museum, The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and The Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam. Melchi draws on references to the outside world such as baseball and freshly mowed lawns, and filters these impressions through his own brand of geometric organization. He handles his medium with a predilection for paint's tactile quality and its ability to retain the history of its own making beneath the surface, often exploiting the jute-like quality of rough-weave linens. Melchi practices a hybrid form of geometric, symbolist and physical art that places him at the center of painting's current resurgence.
Tama Hochbaum, Susan Mikula, Jennah Ward