Fitzroy Gallery is pleased to announce Ace of Spades, a solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper with Georgi Tushev. This is the artist's first show at the gallery.
Georgi Tushev's paintings investigate the effects of oil paint when exposed to extreme magnetic fields. His signature works explore the dynamism of pigment, the physical possibilities of paint, and the transformation of matter. He uses pigments that contain high concentrations of iron that, when exposed to magnets, create textured, three-dimensional surfaces, where paint seemingly explodes off the picture plane. Tushev's works on paper are made through a similar technique, though in water, where the magnetic fields separate the watercolor pigments into areas of black, white, and gray and create concentric rings and circular patterns.
Tushev's abstract pictorial space is evocative of natural forms and biological processes. On the macro level, the work appears geological, celestial-like lunar terrain. On the micro level, it suggests a view from under the microscope-of cell division and mitosis. Tushev's method is inherently experimental; his compositions are subject to varying degrees of chance and instability. His long-time scientific testing of material has resulted in works that are arresting in form and astonishing in process.
Georgi Tushev was born in 1969 in Bulgaria and lives and works in New York City. His most recent solo exhibition was Georgi Tushev: Strange Attractor at Santa Monica Museum of Art. Tushev earned a graduate degree from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria, and completed a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, and a Master Class of Painting in Amsterdam with painter Markus Lupertz.
The exhibition is on view from May 10 through July 13, 2012 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 10 from 6 - 8 pm. Fitzroy Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment. For further inquiries, please contact the gallery at 212.343.8670, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fitzroygallery.com.