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For exhibition 56 in the front gallery we are showing new paintings in diptych format from Bay Area painter Jenny Bloomfield, works in oil on canvas she groups under the working title, "Twinning." Born in London, Bloomfield now lives and works in Canyon and West Oakland, California. She has a long-standing presence in San Francisco including previous exhibitions at Gwen Terpstra's Gallery 60SIX and Don Soker's gallery. In 2014 she had a mini retrospective at Stanford University curated by San Francisco art critic DeWitt Chang. Bloomfield received her BA from the Central School of Art and Design, and studied at Hornsey College of Art, both in London. She is extensively represented in several prominent Bay Area collections.

For these new works, in addition to exploring the extension to her vernacular afforded by pairing panels and canvases, Bloomfield has increased the saturation of her color, moving away from her characteristic earths and tertiaries to higher-keyed primaries and secondaries. Previously her image leveraged the serendipity of process; in the new works she introduces a purposeful drawing with broad, arcing marks. Her strokes loop, and while something of their scale engages a dialogue with David Row, and something of their intertwining with Brice Marden, in her sensibility and balance, she manages to furrow out territory quite her own in the much plowed field of all-over painting.

A catalog will be produced for the exhibition and available mid-run, with commentary by London-based art historian Alison Cole, author of the recently published "Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power." The exhibition will be on view at George Lawson Gallery from June 1 - July 16, 2016. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, June 4, from 4 - 6 pm.



In the middle gallery for exhibition 56 we are showing eight new works by New York painter Michael Voss, his second solo with the gallery. Born in Brazil of German parents, Voss attended the Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Munich and received his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He lives in Manhattan and shares a studio in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn with his wife, artist Lael Marshall.

Voss continues to hone his modestly scaled, iconic abstraction, oils on linen typically in two or three colors. A physical description of Voss's work does little to convey the source of their fascination. Rather than coming across as provisional, as does much pared down gestural painting at this size, they seem to record the trace of their own path toward a convincing resolve, a coming into focus that settles on a commitment one perceives as being the least adjustable solution. In the past I've described them as plate tectonics. The sensitivity of Voss's touch is even more apparent in the new work, and the strength of character with which he arrives at a mediated settlement.

Copies of the catalog produced for Voss's last show with essay by New York critic Carter Ratcliff are available. The exhibition will be on view at George Lawson Gallery from June 1 - July 16, 2016. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, June 4, from 4 - 6 pm.