SAMUEL T. ADAMS
21 September – 26 October 2014
Fitzroy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition with New York-based artists Samuel T. Adams, Patrick Brennan, Nicole Cherubini and Cassandra MacLeod. Each of these artists employs a practice that results in a juxtaposition of the rigid and the baroque through a layering of form, material and technique.
Samuel T. Adams relies on a cyclical process of construction and deconstruction. Existing paintings are wet-sanded with pigment, allowing the ghost images of the former paintings to soak through and the friction of the physical actions causes rips and holes. The canvases are then sewn and re-stretched onto shaped stretchers. With a printmaker’s mentality, the notion of reversal is a key motif; backs become fronts, positives emerge as negatives, and images materialize via impressions, primitive stencils, and excessive pressure.
Nicole Cherubini‘s sculptures are lavish in texture yet minimalist in form. Indebted to an abiding engagement with clay itself and the frequent inclusion of wood frameworks and plinths, the sculptures exhibit a balance and dissonance between surface and ornament, object and support, depth and plane. Through a symbiotic approach—whether molding, tearing, or using an extruder to create texture and volume in the clay—Cherubini’s work accentuates and visually records each gesture or moment in her process.
Patrick Brennan says that he “likes being caught between the known and the unknown”. Working with abstraction by any materials necessary, Brennan uses oil, acrylic, popsicle sticks, paper, and other collaged elements to create intricate and dense compositions. His paintings lead the eye through a series of choices and materials that appear unexpected or even random, and evoke a visceral sense of temporal immediacy.
Cassandra MacLeod’s repetition of images—ropes, coyotes, cacti, and other—are recognizable and definable yet often dissolve into a stratum of color, abstraction and extruded shapes through painterly and printmaking techniques. Ropes and knots silkscreened onto playful, colorful fabric appear skeletal, while her addition of bold gestural marker can makes the same look serpentine or noose-like. The iconography of her work is changeable, dependent upon MacLeod’s isolation or combination of materials, marks and forms.
Samuel T. Adams lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his B.F.A. from School of Visual Arts. His work is also currently on view at Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Patrick Brennan lives and works in New York. He studied at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute and received a BFA in Painting and Video Art from Alfred University. Nicole Cherubini lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her B.F.A. in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. in Visual Arts from New York University. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. Cassandra MacLeod lives and works in New York. She has a BA from Brown University and studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design. Additional information about each artist is available on our website.
The exhibition will be on view September 21 – October 26, with an opening reception on Sunday, September 21, from 6 – 8pm. Fitzroy Gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm - 6pm.