WINDOWS

TOM BURCKHARDT / LOIS DODD / FRANKLIN EVANS / DAN FIG / CATHERINE HAGGARTY / ANDREA JOYCE HEIMER / DAVID HOCKNEY / SHARON MADANES / NORA MAITÉ NIEVES / DANIELLE ORCHARD / IMAN RAAD / ANN TOEBBE

 

  Lois Dodd, Empty Window, Black, 1979, oil on masonite, 16"x 20" courtesy Alexandre Gallery

Lois Dodd, Empty Window, Black, 1979, oil on masonite, 16"x 20" courtesy Alexandre Gallery

  Franklin Evans, processpaintinghmandjg, 2018, acrylic on canvas, plastic, paper, and acrylic on paper, 33" x 30"

Franklin Evans, processpaintinghmandjg, 2018, acrylic on canvas, plastic, paper, and acrylic on paper, 33" x 30"

Next to Nothing presents a group exhibition styled after three poems by the Symbolist poets Apollinaire, Mallarmé, and Baudelaire. The twelve artists in the exhibition inflect Modernist forms with contemporary perspectives on intimate subjects, including the poetics of domestic architecture, the pertinence of ancient myth, and the solipsism of art history. 

In their eponymous poems, the window is a conduit that allows for the transmigration of the soul to a stratum of sublimity. In the words of Baudelaire, “He who looks through an open window from outside never sees as much as he who looks at a closed window. There is no more profound, mysterious, fertile, dark, or dazzling object than a window lighted by a candle.”

There is a certain irony that Matisse, with his  preoccupation with pictorial space and frequent return to the motif of the window, was among those painters touched by the suggestions of the aforementioned Symbolists. His flattened depictions of space, which preclude a complete reading of depth, form an analogy with Baudelaire's closed window.

The artists in the exhibition share Matisse's penchant for simplified volumes and orthogonal compositions but their work is much closer in spirit to the psychological introspection of the Symbolists that preceded and informed Matisse's milieu. By combining Matisse's inventions in drawing with the Symbolist predilection for subjective narrative they paint their work and at the same time repaint the work of Matisse in their own image. As Nikos Hadjinicolaou explains,The work of art we have before us is the history of its consumption which has been determined 'each time' by the aesthetic ideologies of each present [time period], these being in turn conditioned by the ideologies of contemporary social groups.” As if looking through Baudelaire's window, the pictures in the exhibition are an exit out of the influence of Matisse's graphic style to the echoisms of the artists' innermost reflections. Through the absorption of the artists' narratives into the fictional spaces of the works, the unspoken poetry of these images function as windows capable of mobilizing the beholder through a myriad of visual passages thereby connecting our understanding of art history, our perception of domestic and intimate spaces, and our situation in those spaces. 

  Tom Burckhardt, Picture Plane, 2015, oil on cast plastic, 32" x 40"

Tom Burckhardt, Picture Plane, 2015, oil on cast plastic, 32" x 40"

 Danielle Orchard, Hammock, 2018, oil on canvas, 47"x 59", courtesy of Jack Hanley Gallery

Danielle Orchard, Hammock, 2018, oil on canvas, 47"x 59", courtesy of Jack Hanley Gallery

  Andrea Joyce Heimer, We Stacked Rock in the Desert Until We Sweat, 2018, acrylic and pencil on panel, 40" x 30", courtesy Nicelle Beauchenne Gallery

Andrea Joyce Heimer, We Stacked Rock in the Desert Until We Sweat, 2018, acrylic and pencil on panel, 40" x 30", courtesy Nicelle Beauchenne Gallery

 Catherine Haggarty, Rue.St.Chamas, 2017, fluid acrylic on canvas, 44"x 38"

Catherine Haggarty, Rue.St.Chamas, 2017, fluid acrylic on canvas, 44"x 38"

  Sharon Madanes, Dropped Fork, oil and chair caning collage on linen, 28"x 30"

Sharon Madanes, Dropped Fork, oil and chair caning collage on linen, 28"x 30"

  David Hockney, Untitled, 1988, ink on paper, 38" x 21", courtesy of private collector

David Hockney, Untitled, 1988, ink on paper, 38" x 21", courtesy of private collector

  Nora Maite Nieves, Red Room and New Rug, 2018, Acrylic, flashe, resin, and gold-leaf on silk, 13" x 11"

Nora Maite Nieves, Red Room and New Rug, 2018, Acrylic, flashe, resin, and gold-leaf on silk, 13" x 11"

  Ann Toebbe, Area Rugs and Placemats, 2015, gouache, pencil, and paper collage on panel, 24" x 30", courtsey Tibor de Nagy

Ann Toebbe, Area Rugs and Placemats, 2015, gouache, pencil, and paper collage on panel, 24" x 30", courtsey Tibor de Nagy

  Iman Raad, Still Life, 2017, egg tempera on clayboard, 9" x 12"

Iman Raad, Still Life, 2017, egg tempera on clayboard, 9" x 12"

  Dan Fig, Okey Dokey, Hokey Pokey(11.11 or 3.32), 2017, acrylic on canvas diptych, 60" x 40"each

Dan Fig, Okey Dokey, Hokey Pokey(11.11 or 3.32), 2017, acrylic on canvas diptych, 60" x 40"each