Two exhibitions. "Randomness, or chance elements, operate in an opposite direction from free will, choice, or decision. I have begun to experience an increased awareness of the process of chance in my own work." A. Mockler In this exhibition of T. Werner the boundaries between painting and photography blur in a series of vibrant and powerful landscapes created with subtly shifting fields of color.
Reception: Thursday, January 17, 6 - 8 PM
"Randomness, or chance elements, operate in an opposite direction from free will, choice, or decision. I have begun to experience an increased awareness of the process of chance in my own work. Using the intrinsic forces of gravity and the sweep of my arm (pours and gestures), I am allowing the paint itself to arrive at its own image in a way that is new for me. The element of control is monitored by preparation -- what colors, how big, what direction of mark -- but the final outcome is determined largely by the qualities endemic to the materials. I find I am surprised by the appearance of the works at first, as if some strange, lost relations had come to visit, and then unpacked their bags for a long stay." says Mockler.
In this exhibition the boundaries between painting and photography blur in a series of vibrant and powerful landscapes created with subtly shifting fields of color. The suite of images, influenced by Rothko and Duchamp, are a feast of yellows, blues, browns and reds, often set off by deep rich blacks. Created inside the camera, without any digital manipulation, the photographs are made using film not to record or distort reality, but as a tool or a palate to create yet another reality. The process is similar to painters looking at a landscape and then creating his/her own interpretation. These landscapes and color fields are not existing landscape locales, nor models in the studio, but rich vibrant scenes that have been created solely on the film itself.
The George Billis Gallery is an exhibition space located in the Chelsea Art District in New York City. The Gallery was established on March 25th, 1997, and was the 12th Gallery to open in Chelsea. Director George Billis has curated various exhibitions featuring artists Ross Bleckner, Alexis Rockman, Katherine Bowling and Oliver Herring; and has published feature articles on artists Cindy Sherman, Richard Phillips and Taro Chiezo. The Gallery features work by both emerging and established artists.
George Billis Gallery
508/526 West 26 street - 9F NY 1001