A three-person exhibit of abstract paintings by Ford Crull, Peggy Cyphers and Debra Drexler. Landscapes, figures and forms emerge and dissolve; sending messages from the unconscious, of spirituality and healing.
Van Der Plas Gallery is pleased to announce Red, Yellow and Orange: a three-person exhibit of abstract paintings by
Ford Crull, Peggy Cyphers and Debra Drexler. Landscapes, figures and forms emerge and dissolve; sending messages
from the unconscious, of spirituality and healing.
American painting has always had a long-standing preoccupation with the sublime, defining the American character based on its relationship to the country’s wild, beautiful landscape. In New York today, there is a Renaissance of abstract painting, as painters reinterpret and reinvent the paradigms that have shaped the field. The work of Crull, Cyphers and Drexler represents the best of contemporary abstraction: which is skilled and confident while demonstrating courage and invention. The contemporary sublime puts us in touch with what is elementally human, by erasing personal boundaries and supplanting surety with uncertainty and awe. The work of Crull, Cyphers and Drexler assert the primacy of painting by offering an unabashedly transcendent experience through the medium of paint. Archetypes of shadow and light reveal themselves, red, yellow and orange reflected in the water of life.
Ford Crull continues to explore the expressive power of personal and cultural symbols in a series of densely painted and vividly colored compositions. “Ambiguity of the image forces the viewer into a more intensive study of the work, so that the deeper layers of reality are unveiled...This is the real pleasure of my painting: to present a tableau of associations, an unceasing unfolding of meanings, to offer a glimpse of a more universal state of consciousness, unbound by the limitations of time and convention.”.
Ford Crull was raised in Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, Dayton Art Institute, and the Brooklyn Museum. His paintings were included in the important 1989 Moscow exhibition, “Painting After the Death of Painting,” curated by Donald Kuspit. Recent exhibitions have included shows in Shanghai, London, Milan, and Seattle.
Peggy Cyphers grew up in Baltimore and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland and has been inspired by the spectacular Miocene fossil deposits, Calvert Cliffs and aquatic life of the Bay since childhood. Cyphers’ 30 solo and 180 group exhibitions have been reviewed in New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, etc. Grants include National Endowment for the Arts, Peter S. Reed Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation, National Studio Award PS.1, Pratt Institute. Residency awards include Yaddo, Art Omi, Tong Xian Art Beijing, Santa Fe Art Institute, ISCP, Triangle & Clocktower/P.S.1. Cyphers’ inventive and combinatory approaches to paint, silkscreen and sand have develop into pictures that explore the “politics of progress” as it impacts on cultural evolution and the natural world. Spatial compositions defy gravity and orientation and envision transcendent spaces of expansive consciousness while glorifying the naturalist’s direct encounter with water, sky, earth, and all creatures.
Debra Drexler translates the inner experience into outer form through a vigorous athletic painterly process. Drexler’s large-scale canvases are imbued with light and color recalling the Hawaiian landscape. Drexler maintains studios in both New York and Oahu, and her work is informed by her unique bi-coastal experience. Drexler has had 28 solo and over 100 group exhibits at galleries and museums in New York, Hawai’i, Australia, Berlin and across the states including Honolulu Museum, Vanderbilt University and Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Recent New York solo exhibits include: White Box’s Annex, Pool Art Fair, Chelsea Hotel Blue Mountain Gallery, HP Garcia Gallery and Java Studios Gallery. In addition, Drexler has exhibited in group shows in New York including The Drawing Center, Denise Bibro Gallery, Exit Art, Art Finance Partners, and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, and Sideshow Gallery. Reviews include Artweek, New York Arts Magazine, and New Art Examiner. Debra Drexler is a Professor of Painting at the University of Hawai’i.
Image:Ford Crull, Red Sky at Night, 2014
Opening: Wednesday, November 12th, 6-9 pm
Van Der Plas Gallery
156 Orchard Street, New York, NY
Wednesday –Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00pm and by appointment