440 Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Dan Weiner. One Jupiter Mass (Mjup) is his third solo exhibition with 440 since February of 2008. Mjup runs from October 20 through November 27, 2011. An opening reception for the artist will be held Thursday October 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Though influence of California Assemblage can be detected in all three of Weiner’s exhibitions at 440 Gallery this new work breaks the direct line of descent from Wallace Berman and ventures into the application of paint and theories of color. At the same time, Weiner has loosened the excruciating standard of finish he absorbed in a craft heavy graduate school out West.
The result is a striking group of works which succeed both as paintings and as an affront to painting itself. Adopting a persona more brazen in the face of the burden of the past, Weiner, for the first time, allows optical and process related issues to enter his work as subject matter. This precipitates an emotional withdrawal and the new formal qualities characterize a “painter” who sees his work as the solution, mathematical or otherwise, to a problem which is not articulated.