Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a two-person exhibition on Thursday, 18 December by the New York based artists David Goerk and Fernando Colón-González.
Colón-González gestural brush stroke situated on a densely painted monochromatic ground could be considered the artist's signatory image.This brush stroke is most often a continuous line, often closing upon itself to form a discernible configuration with "a cavity", into which the viewer looks, as though from a raised vantage point. Colón-González recently spoke of these forms as "little inventions" involving "a guess"as to their viability and potencyas visual language.His principal impetus for making a painting is to "verify the guess".
He considers his method of working to be traditional-both in the choice of working materials [ flasche on clayboard… ] and in technique.His work, however, is conceptually based in that the paintings are specifically pre-planned and are not the result of improvisation or momentary inspiration.An increasingly importantaspect of his work is his desire that all of the elements of the painting-color, shape, scale, proportion-achieve unity and parity. Fernando Colón-González was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1966 and, though based in New York since 1992, continues an active involvement with the Latin American contemporary arts community, exhibiting with regularity in his country, Florida, and other venues.
David Goerk works are characterized by an economy of means.Their scale is decidedly intimate, with dimensions rarely exceeding twelve inches. Perforce, passages of the declarative colors which he tends to favor (often in combination with white) can occupy only a small area, but because of the manner in which the color interacts with his carefully articulated shapes, the works achieve a physical presence which far outweighs their scale-allowing an individual work to hold a sizable wall, even when viewed at a considerable distance.
Goerk places great value in the role of intuition in his working process, wanting the work to unfold in a direct and natural manner.Crucially important to him is that his work not be fully comprehended in a brief viewing.For this reason, he structures the work so that it possesses "multiple and variable perspectives" and also contains ambiguities which gradually explain themselves via prolonged viewing.
After a seven-year (1980-86) immersion in new music as one of four members of the bandBunnydrums), Goerk began exhibiting publicly as a visual artist.His work has been juried into numerous museum and university gallery exhibitions by such admired "eyes" as Diane Waldman, Neal Benezra and Ned Rifkin.Works are included in private and public collections in this country and in Europe, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Rutgers University, New Jersey; and the Panza di Biumo Collection in Milan.