Richard Feaster and Lain York at Gallery 363

by - May 23, 2013

Work by Richard Feaster and Lain York will be on view May 31 through June 24 at Gallery 363, 365 South Main.

An opening reception will be held during Trolley Night, May 31, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Viewings of the artworks after the opening reception are by appointment only; call 452-8033 to schedule an appointment. Gallery 363 is curated and managed by Allen Hall Projects.

Richard Feaster received an MFA in Painting from Tulane University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1993. He has exhibited widely in the US, most recently on New York’s Governor’s Island, and his work has been featured in the periodical New American Paintings, among others. Feaster’s work was recently purchased for inclusion in the FirstBank Janet & Jim Ayer’s Collection of Tennessee Art, and his work has been selected for acquisition by the Music City Center. He is on staff with the Frist Museum in Nashville.

Feaster’s artist’s statement:
“The paintings I am making continue my ongoing consideration of the nature of process in abstraction. A central theme in my work is the perception of time via the physical experience of material handling and mark-making. I tend to embrace drawings’ spontaneity and directness of approach in my work on canvas, and think of the resulting objects as a sort of hybrid of drawing (frottage, décollage …) and painting. Many of the materials I use on canvas, such as graphite and metallic pigments, have traditionally been more closely associated with the practice of drawing than with painting. The physical behavior of various materials refer to time-based action, presented in the work as “drips”, “splatters”, “stains” and other artistic referents. I am interested in making visible material processes that unfold slowly over time, whether under the influence of gravity or via the interaction of opposing materials, leaving a visual index as clues for the viewer to pursue. With this work I hope to open fresh discourse with the tenets of abstraction while skewing that language towards new sites of inquiry. Ideally, when you spend time with my paintings, what unfolds is a kind of skewed reality or perhaps a strange narrative movement between groups of works.”

Lain York holds a BA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His past solo exhibitions include Cheekwood Museum of Art, Belmont University, Maryville College, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville International Airport and Tennessee Performing Arts Center. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Papers, In Review, NY Arts Magazine, and The Tennessean. He also has upcoming solo exhibitions at the University of the South, Sewanee (October 2013 ) and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville (January 2014).

York’s artist’s statement:
“In keeping with previous bodies of work, I like to remain an objective observer of a historic or cultural record. These images culled from 18th century engravings, caricatures, and sculptural busts refer to the first American vice presidency and then presidency of John Adams (1789-1801). Completing this work during the presidential election of 2012, I found it interesting that several of the larger issues dividing our country today were prevalent in Adams time. There is also evidence that the media behaved in very similar, permeating fashion; although perhaps more caustic then. The work that I make is primarily a response to material and formal issues. I have worked with adhesive, graphic vinyl consistently since the early 1990’s but rarely in conjunction with my painting. As my work has become more open-ended and materials conscious, an outer layer of vinyl wrapping has come to make sense. I have always been interested in the process of “layering” material; alternately applying, removing, and covering up again images, text, and passages. The traces they leave tempt readings that may or may not be accurate for a given moment and in the case of gestalt theory, the sum can sometimes be very different than the parts. As I continue to distill image and color on my painted surfaces, the graphic qualities of the vinyl has allowed me to reacquaint myself with those elements.”

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