A traveling, group exhibition focused on new uses of geometry, color, composition, text, form and ad hoc materials. Curated by Hyland Mather and Andenken Gallery, Direction/Instruction features work from Brittany Gould, Graphic Surgery, Lennard Schuurmans, OVNI (Anna Taratiel), Remi Rough, Rubin 415, Scott Albrecht, and X-O (Hyland Mather) at C.A.V.E Gallery.
Not necessarily a reaction to illustrative, narrative, and representational forms, but at the same time…definitely. Many of the artists represented here are active in the urban art realm. Graffiti and street art culture have long been dominated by graff writing, image-based compositions, and a primary marriage to the most classic material of the genre: spray paint. The artists here are bent in new directions when using the street as a venue. In a gallery setting, they each deliver classically beautiful work that reminds and expands on ideas explored by fine art champs like Ellsworth Kelley, and Sol Lewitt.
Graphic Surgery is a pair of Dutch artists, Erris Huigens and Gysbert Zijlstra, who have taken new and bold steps to present flat but complex geometries in urban landscapes. They have also successfully brought this sensibility to many design products and album jackets. Their gallery work often employs found objects as a base material, but in recent manifestations truly complex and flawlessly rendered laser cut geometries.
Lennard Schuurmans is dually interested in general geometric abstraction and classic signage with a slant. Language as a flat tool to convey with a simple word or several word phrase a powerful emotive idea. His constructivist pieces with interchangeable parts invite play into his work. Lennard uses materials found on the street or recovered from attics as base materials for his work.
X-O is the artist moniker of Hyland Mather. Hyland Mather has long been involved with contemporary art and street culture as the owner of Andenken Gallery. His use of collected materials which he calls ‘Lost Objects’ are used in all aspects of his work from his abandoned paper collage pieces, to his large scale street pieces and indoor murals. Color, composition, form, text, and a thrill for the challenge of using whatever is in his path or can be hunted ‘in the wilds’ of urban or rural settings are all contributing and important characteristics for his work.
Anna Taratiel – AKA ‘OVNI’ is an accomplished large scale indoor and outdoor maker. Her bold use of colour and geom- etry is signature. Her use of tape of all ilk is common in her collage work. She is known for using all kinds of traditional and non-traditional materials in her installation pieces . Her ability to use nearly any type of material as an art material successfully is testimony to her power as a creator.
Brittany Gould makes complex geometric structures from folded paper. Many of these structures are luminous sculptures. She uses light as a tool to create imaginary space and shadows as a form of transient minimalism.
Remi Rough has been making images for more than a quarter of a century.
His art began on walls and trains in South London in 1984; today it has been exhibited in cities such as Miami, Newcastle, Berlin and New York. A respected train writer, Remi has also played a significant part in the development of ‘abstract graffiti’, a term that seems far too clinical to describe the accomplishments of his work, which has always been about the interplay of colour and shape.
Rubin 415’s complex abstract geometrical pieces – rooted in traditional wild style but with muted color palettes and Scandinavianly clean lines – have earned the artist his own signature style. Rubin is also known for adapting to the urban landscape by incorporating what’s already there.
Scott Albrecht was born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in Bethlehem Township, NJ. In 2003, he received a degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Albrecht is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and a member of The Gowanus Studio Space. His work incorporates elements of woodworking, hand-drawn typography and geometric collage using vintage printed ephemera and found objects.