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A Pictorial Point

Monya Rowe Gallery
504 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, 212-255-5065
February 16 - March 18, 2006
Reception: Thursday, February 16, 6 - 8 PM
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Featuring: Eric Brown Abigail Lazkoz Jason Middlebrook Aurie Ramirez Mark Schubert Jill Shoffiett

A Pictorial Point is a set of conceptual boundaries, of critical apparatus tethered to the practice of representation and its’ negation in contemporary art. The aim is to simultaneously define and contextualize the meaning of a point within the internal logic of a work, both literally and with room for conceptual interpretation. Dissolving the parameters between the concrete and the suggestive through works that are linked through disparate elements, such as allegory, repetition, and symbolism. We achieve insights into the cohesive structures of the point with the pictorial; the point in time, place or space, a particular position within the artistic plane.

Eric Brown presents a minimal floor sculpture made from plaster casts in wooden molds with architecturally inspired watercolor drawings. He received an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and is represented by Goff + Rosenthal, NY.

Abigail Lazkoz introduces a series of small, intricate and surreal drawings capturing the spirit of Dada and Surrealism. Each drawing, a theatre stage with a mountainous landscape in the background, is centered on a part of the body being used as a finger puppet. Lazkoz`s work was recently included in a group exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY, and in solo exhibitions at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MUSAC), Leon, Spain and Monya Rowe Gallery.

Jason Middlebrook’s drawing of an aerial view of urban Los Angeles is a poetically subversive comment on environmental destruction. This particular series focuses on birds whose natural habitat has been infringed upon. Here, the bluebird is an example of a bird that is being forced out of its’ natural terrain – Los Angeles. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Middlebrook is represented by Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY.

Aurie Ramirez creates watercolor drawings reminiscent of the Victorian age combined with a contemporary gothic edge. Her work is full of well-dressed dandies placed in seemingly banal suburban settings. Since the early 1980s, Ramirez worked at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA – a world-renowned workshop and art studio for adult artists with physical, mental and developmental disabilities – Ramirez has a condition that shares many characteristics with autism. Her work has recently been exhibited in a solo exhibition at White Columns, NY. She lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Mark Schubert’s sculpture titled Nipper Stack (2005) is an assemblage of painted resin, wood and plastic forged from found objects and the sculptors traditional material. It is simultaneously delicate and cumbersome with its’ formalist grid resting precariously on top of a bulky base. Schubert will have a solo exhibition at Monya Rowe Gallery in May 2006.

Jill Shoffiett’s intimate drawings of twisted trees amidst machinery and weather-beaten houses set in bucolic landscapes revisit the artists’ hometown in Mississippi while simultaneously exploring Southern culture. She received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, NY.
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