Solo Exhibition: Metagraphs
Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Rd, Southampton NY.
Exhibition Dates : March 1-March 29, 2013. Open to the Public.
I refer to the body of work represented in this show as “Metagraphs”. They are selections from an ongoing series of abstract digital drawings begun in 1999. The pieces were drawn using a digital graphics tablet and stylus. Many of these works were exhibited in a solo show at the Islip Art Museum in 2012. These pieces are part of a series of over 40 abstracts.
The name “Metagraph” stems from the concept of the actual artwork being, in essence, digital code. a ‘meta-representation’, which is manifested physically in the objects themselves.
Each composition is produced as a one-of-a-kind 36″x48″ canvas and an edition of signed and numbered archival prints on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper.
These works draw broadly upon two traditions – the idea of ‘automatism’ and the use of industrial materials and processes within a fine-art context. The idea of automatism, which started with the Surrealists and continued with Abstract Expressionists such as Pollock, is based around the use of the subconscious to generate subject matter.
The use of industrial materials continues in the tradition of Warhol and other Pop artists who appropriated the commercial techniques of the time such as silkscreen – today’s counterparts are large-format digital printing and vector graphics.
This show was made possible by Southampton Artists Association. Many thanks to SAA and Robbi Goldberg for all of her assistance.