Shaun Krupa & Ben Dowell
13 May to 12 June 2016
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The work of Shaun Krupa is rooted in memory, his nostalgia for both his personal past, and an unearthed collective one, lays the groundwork for his new body of sculptures. Upon entering the gallery, the viewer is confronted with a large pale green structure that at once resembles an ancient ruin and a kneeling animal. In this work, titled Dinosaur, Krupa levels out the metaphorical playing field between creatures and their environment, collapsing them into one entity. A missing puzzle piece of evolution, this interlocking geometric quality is echoed throughout his work on display. The artist also presents a loop machine, a kinetic sculpture that investigates the athropoid qualities of simple geometry. It calls upon the meditative, robotic gesture of computing, while also referencing the mysterious coiling of our own innards. As part of this exhibition, Shaun will be performing Soil Festivities, in which his body and landscape become one over the course of his tableau; which involves a water source, a dirt sifter, and a mound of soil.

The new paintings of Ben Dowell explore a stripped-down methodical language to yield luminous results. Dowell embraces the brute material fact of painting while incorporating purposefully restrictive elements. Using one brush size, regular spaced intervals of thick oil paint, and a geometrically restrained canvas; the artist presents us with hypnotic heavily-bodied paintings. His compositions are not pre-designed but rather developed slowly within the painting’s inherent process. These skewed, perspectival illusions sculpted from impasto paint create their own landscape of peaks and valleys. Breaking free from it’s own reduction, the marks explode across the canvases in deep colors that strengthen within its own randomness.