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Opening Reception: Mark Colyer: O.K. Now What? and Lawre Stone: The Cipher

Opening Reception 4-9 PM, Saturday, November 5th, 2022

November 5th — November 27th, 2022

Tanja Grunert is proud to present O.K. Now What?, a new exhibition of collage and sculpture by artist Mark Colyer. Kelsey Sloane wrote about the exhibition:

Navigating a myriad of found and recycled material, Mark Colyer creates compelling compositions informed by art history, architecture, natural forms, and our current moment, while allowing the medium to be his guide. O.K. Now What?, taking its title from an eponymous work from 2019, is an exhibition of collage and new sculpture by the Hudson-based artist. Sourced from job sites and sidewalk sales, Colyer collects books, magazines, newsprint, scrap wood and metal, and combines various elements to create explorations in balance, dynamism, and intuition. These constructions are investigations of the artist’s visual language, individual navigation through time and space, as well as the autonomy of repurposed material.

Colyer’s collages, inspired by both sculpture and architecture study, are centered around found paper products, from art catalogues to repurposed envelopes. Working with the precision of an architectural model, each collage includes multiple cut-out elements, glued to chipboard, then combined to create three-dimensional assemblages. Colyer works at a one-to-one scale – no image is altered or enlarged digitally, in respect to the nature of the found object. Every edge, line, and face of the artwork is considered. Intended to be observed from various angles, the constructions hold their own secrets; unexpected imagery is found layered through the cuttings, and text is lurking in the shadows, each fragment serving as the respective work’s title, and allowing viewers to literally read between the lines and find further context.

In a new series of sculpture, Colyer continues his exploration into materiality and the art-viewing experience, and expands his assemblages outward and upward. Rather than creating something from entirely new materials, he is more interested in an economy of means, by using leftover wood from carpentry projects. By working with the found state of these objects, ranging from small off-cuts to long pieces of trim, he is considering new heights for what otherwise would have been landfill-bound. While he allows the medium to guide his making, the completed works are not necessarily about materiality for its own sake, but how the components can be manipulated to cause different emotional responses as they are viewed in space.

The confrontational form and scale of his outdoor sculptures are motivated by the sublime. His process is informed in part by a sense of awe in the face of both natural and manufactured height, found in skyscrapers, mountains, or trees, and the desires and fears associated with both viewing and physically reaching such elevations. The impressive, sometimes precarious stature of these towers may result in feelings of discomfort or curiosity, as they call for the viewer to slow down, look up, and consider the space around them. Found at varying scales through the exhibition, Colyer considers these obelisks extensions of ourselves.

While many of these sculptures remain unpainted, showcasing the as-is state of the material, a selection is painted in a specific shade of green house paint. This hue mimics that of a green screen, allowing for these objects to become interventions in both our physical realm, as well as the virtual, as they can be digitally transformed with new images, or disappear entirely. A layered rumination in materiality, experience, and how manipulation informs viewing, Mark Colyer’s O.K. Now What? asks where the mundane can take us.

Mark Colyer (b. 1990, Poughkeepsie, NY) is an artist living in Hudson, New York. He studied fine art at Hudson Valley Community College and earned his BFA in Sculpture at SUNY Purchase. His work has been exhibited at LABSpace (Hillsdale, NY), Real Eyes Gallery (Adams, MA), The Hudson Underground (Hudson, NY), Joyce Goldstein Gallery (Chatham, NY), Art Omi (Ghent, NY), and Tanja Grunert (Hudson, NY).

Lawre Stone, 2022, The Cipher #25, ink on paper 14 x 11 inches (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

Tanja Grunert is proud to present The Cipher, by Lawre Stone. Lawre Stone wrote about her exhibition:

I’m always looking to integrate ideas from art history into my work, especially images from the language of painting. This work, The Cipher (2021-22) is an ongoing series of ink on paper drawings inspired by the botanicals in the Voynich Manuscript, a late 15th c. medieval codex. Painted on vellum with natural pigments, this mysterious book contains over 113 botanical illustrations of esoteric plants, along with pages of astrological charts, celestial imagery, women bathing and perhaps medical and alchemical recipes. Created in middle Europe over 600 years ago, the images are accompanied by a bizarre, indecipherable text, and so the manuscript’s full purpose remains unclear, despite decades of scholarly study.

The botanicals in the manuscript seem familiar to contemporary eyes, yet these fantastic plants cannot be attributed to a specific genus or species. Plausible structures of foliage and flower rise from pronounced root systems creating hybrid plants that are at once recognizable and strange. On one page, a cactus-like paddle grows out of a delicate stem system, presenting a plant seemingly adapted to both a desert and alpine environment. Roots twist and take on attributes of the human figure. The parts are logical but the whole seems impossible; like something in this world isn’t quite right. It’s easy for me to think about the plants in the Voynich Manuscript in context of our contemporary climate disaster. As human endeavor continues to alter the forms and systems of the natural world, perhaps in the late anthropocene we too will be unable to identify or even locate once familiar and beloved flora and fauna.

For The Cipher, I prepare each sheet of paper with a gesture of color, creating a space where the image will reside. Then, with black ink and a brush, I draw a single botanical from the Voynich onto the ground. I go page by page, not always in order but with the intention of completing a drawing in one sitting and with time, making all 113 herbals. My versions are recognizable as copies, but contain slight variations that happen through making. Transformed and repositioned, my images reside in the context of gestural abstraction and over 600 years of painting history. In this new landscape, scale and distance become inconsequential. Iconic and solitary, each drawing joins my own lexicon of images relating to remembered feelings of natural phenomenon. The emergency of our time and an uncertain future compel me to empathize with aspects of the natural world through color, image, shape and gesture. I’m interested in finding what must be discarded and what must be carried forward.

Date

Nov 05 2022
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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