DNA Gallery is pleased to celebrate its 14th season in Provincetown with a featured exhibition of new work by Eric Aho, Peter Hutchinson, Peik Larsen, and Sarah Lutz.
Eric Aho will be showing paintings that were made over the past year during several stays on Cape Cod. “The Truro paintings are an attempt to paint an impossibly black sea as observed during a late autumn storm,” says Aho. “The beach and sky share a similar tumultuous, almost ‘fleshy’ handling while there is an ominous and unexpected quiet in the black of the water.” Ambitious in both scale and intent, these paintings make simultaneous reference to Edwin Dickinson’s spare beach paintings, and to the arrested realism of Courbet’s waves. The two large paintings were painted in the studio immediately on the heels of smaller accompanying paintings which were made directly on location. Aho has received many fellowships and awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Finalist Award, the National Academy of New York’s John Koch Award, a Pollock-Krasner grant, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Finland. He lives and works in Saxtons River, Vermont, and is represented in New York City by Reeves Contemporary.
Peter Hutchinson is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Provincetown and shows his work internationally, and is also the longest exhibiting artist (14 seasons) at DNA. His new work focuses on landscape photo-collages with text, as well as small sculpture maquettes of alien landscapes with concrete and glass vials. Also on display will be his box constructions, including one on the landscape of Titan. Hutchinson will have an exhibition of his work in Germany in October at Galerie Bugdahn, Dusseldorf; called “Man’s Condition.” The show will feature a thirteen-part work created in the early 1980s. Considered by many to be the “grandfather of narrative art,” Hutchinson has twice exhibited at the Venice Biennale and has works in virtually all of the major US and European institutions, including MOMA, the Whitney, the Metropolitan Museum, and has had several books published about his work. Freight + Volume in New York will be publishing his newest book, “Night Journals,” in the spring of 2008.
Peik Larsen, another long-standing exhibitor at DNA, continues to produce work that tells a story about light, relationships and the immediacy of material. Both his painting and printmaking embrace accidents and false starts, revealing an interest in both the physicality of a gesture and the energy it can suggest. He strikes a balance between figurative and abstract narrative. In his work, the iconography of elements such a tree, water or fish, remain as important to him as the qualities of space, light and energy. Larsen has taught at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for many years as well as the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has been a guest artist and critic at numerous New England colleges, and his work is in many collections in national and international museums.
Although rooted in abstraction, Sarah Lutz’s work makes clear references to the natural world. While the images depicted are not recognizable per se, it is her intention that they exist naturally within their invented space. The environments she depicts make allusion to diverse elements of nature, at times within the same work. These references are vaguely familiar but not easily defined: is it a glimpse of outer space, the depths of the sea, or the contents of a Petri dish? Lutz has exhibited her work at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, as well as solo exhibitions at Brickwalk Books and Fine Art in Hartford, CT, and the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MA. In addition to DNA, she is represented by Brick Walk Books & Fine Art in West Hartford, CT, and Miranda Fine Arts in Port Chester, NY.
Nick Lawrence, owner and director of DNA Gallery, is also the owner and founder of Freight + Volume Gallery in Chelsea, New York, and the publisher of Freight + Volume magazine. Co-directing the gallery this year with Nick Lawrence is Gillian Drake, editor and publisher of Cape Arts Review magazine. A former associate editor of Provincetown Arts, she has been active in the Provincetown art scene for over 30 years, and directed the Bangs Street Gallery in Provincetown for three years in the 1990s.
"I use light as a material to work the medium of perception, basically the work really has no object because perception is the object. And there is no image because I am not interested in associative thought."
- James Turrell
PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, London presents RUTH CLAXTON - Specular Spectacular
7 June - 6 July 2013
Specular Spectacular is a complex maze that occupies the 'centre stage' of the gallery.
Interconnecting structures hold mirrors that both become part of and reflect the installation itself.
Worlds within worlds are housed here, and inhabited by found figurines that are themselves swallowed up by amorphous reflective masks.
Icelandic nature is prominent in Eliasson's work, and his artistic relationship with it often involves collection or documentation that is scientific in tone. The country becomes a sensory laboratory where ideas can be developed and evolved into art, as evidenced in the multiple photographic series that would seem to witness a near compulsive need for collecting.