Artists: Christine Mahoney & Matthew Vollgraff Open Tues-Weds nights 7.30-11pm and by app.
Weeknights is pleased to present micro/MACRO, a two-person exhibition featuring paintings by Christine Mahoney and Drawings by Matthew Vollgraff. Each artist investigates, with extraordinary and obsessive detail, unnoticed and inarticulable aspects of human experience. If verbal communication ceased to exist and we were suddenly forced to interact and understand in utter silence, Mahoney’s work would serve as maps leading us to the next geographical destination, as well as the diaries of our distant memories, and Vollgraff’s drawings as an extensive and fascinating research into the limits and infinity of visual forms.
“I’m observing instances from afar… they’re separate from me” Mahoney says of her paintings, hinting at a possible and maybe unrealized concern with landscape. The reflective, reactive paint, which sometimes alludes to a galactic expanse, is overlaid with lines and dots that vibrate, repeat, and always lead to a new place in the painting. There is a sense of traveling (literal and visual) which seems never-ending, and the space that exists far beyond the physical edges of the piece becomes a mysterious void, raising questions about familiarity and understanding. She is an observer documenting time and/or place, tempting the viewer to enter her perspective while allowing them to question their own.
Vollgraff’s ink drawings initially read as microscopic organic forms, but upon closer inspection, they become fleeting abstractions of unidentifiable undulations. They are “explorations of the plentitude of microcosmic detail” says Vollgraff. They refuse to represent any specific, tangible object; they exist as “spontaneous morphological irruptions.” The forms are contained within the confines of the paper’s edges, but expand and dissolve outwards, alluding to an infinitesimal cosmos of marks and strokes whose forms coincide with their own vanishing point.
Matthew Vollgraff (b. Cardiff, CA, 1987) is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn. His ink drawings and video-assemblages have exhibited in Berlin, Malmö, and Chicago. He received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, and is currently a graduate student in the department of German at Princeton University.
Christine Mahoney (b. Westfield, NY, 1988) is a painter and artist assistant currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has exhibited in NYC and New York State. She completed her BFA in Painting & Drawing from SUNY Purchase in 2011.