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Cherry and Martin: T. Kelly Mason and Jennifer Boysen - 20 June 2015 to 1 Aug 2015

Current Exhibition

20 June 2015 to 1 Aug 2015
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm or by appt
Cherry and Martin
2712 S. La Cienega Blvd
2732 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
North America
T: +1 310.559.0100

T. Kelly Mason Infinite Regression (Arabian Peninsula From ISS) 2015
Acetate and vinyl on LED fixture, wiring, MDF, Plexiglas and aluminum
47 in. diameter x 3.5 in. deep, 119.38 cm diameter x 8.89 cm deep

Artists in this exhibition: T. Kelly Mason, Jennifer Boysen

T. Kelly Mason
June 20 - August 1, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, June 20, 6-8 pm

Cherry and Martin is pleased to present an exhibition of new lightbox sculptures by T. Kelly Mason. This is Mason's second solo show at the gallery, his first since the gallery's successful solo presentation of his work last summer at Art Basel.

With a background in music and poetry, T. Kelly Mason's visual vocabulary is both spare and expressive, uncovering meaningful associations between seemingly disparate elements. For over two decades, Mason has produced work across a range of media, including sound, video, installation, painting, and sculpture, addressing the relationships between reality, perception, representation and interpretation. In his current exhibition, Mason uses these relationships as lenses to examine dichotomies of scale: internal vs. external, human vs. cosmic, actual vs. imagined.

One of Mason’s new works depicts Barnett Newman’s The Wild, now in MoMA’s permanent collection, as seen at the Betty Parsons Gallery. When this tall slender painting was first exhibited by Parsons in 1951, its peculiar stature bewildered and intrigued viewers. Measuring 8 feet tall by only 1.5 inches wide, The Wild commands attention and engages active viewership with its human-like uprightness and more-than-human height. Indeed, the scalar relationship of the artwork to the viewer was of primary importance to Newman who claimed, “Size doesn’t count. It’s scale that counts. It’s human scale that counts…  One of the nicest things anyone ever said about my work… is that when standing in front of my paintings that you had a sense of your own scale.” Mason preserves this effect by re-creating through paint and collaged lighting gels The Wild in its life-size proportions. Moreover, he references the work’s figurative scale - and its importance to art history - by illustrating it in the hallowed and sometimes harrowing 21st-century flow of information and ideas.

Similarly, Mason addresses issues of non-material or imagined scale in a series of light boxes depicting the US military’s controversial and enigmatic “Keyhole Satellites.” Ostensibly referred to as “optical reconnaissance satellites,” details of their function and production remain shrouded in secrecy, fueling a fire of speculation amongst fringe groups. Taking cues from these obsessively detailed speculations, such as the Keyhole Satellites’ purported resemblance to the Hubble telescope, Mason elucidates what “a paranoid version of a structure can be.” In Mason’s interpretation of the Keyhole Satellites, we can see the divergence between reality and perception, and how inference and projection can affect our awareness of scale.

T. Kelly MASON’s work is currently on view in Prospect 2015 (Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego). Mason has been included in exhibitions at such museums as the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA); Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA); Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich, Germany); Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK); Kunsthalle Dortmund (Dortmund, Germany); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, Switzerland); Suermondt Ludwig Museum (Aachen, Germany); Aachen Kunsthalle (Aachen, Germany); Salzburg Kunstverien (Salzburg, Austria); and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebaek, Denmark). He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Boysen
June 13 - July 11, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, June 20, 6-8 pm
2732 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Cherry and Martin is pleased to present a solo project focused on Jenner Boysen’s sculptural paintings of egg tempera on stretched canvas.

Boysen's monochromatic works straddle the line between painting and sculpture. One is never quite able to pinpoint within which camp they fit. A small, tightly composed painting with rounded edges and inverted ridges painted in a deep magnesium seemingly hovers in space as a self-contained totem. Inky grey pigments are rolled on the stretched canvas of another alien form with various knobs and bumps, but the effect is atmospheric and ethereal. Our experience with her work is sensorial and optical: we immediately feel their presence, and while there is an irregularity to her forms, they are also strangely familiar. As viewers, we relate to the works in the same way we often relate to architecture and space, i.e., with a bodily rather than intellectual awareness. A particular angle, protrusion or shape pushes towards us against tightly stretched canvas, allowing us a concealed glimpse of what might live beneath her pregnant forms.

Boysen constructs these pieces in various ways, using found objects or engineering elaborate stretchers that conceal the skeletal inner-workings of each piece from plain sight. Her matte egg tempera pigments absorb any light that would typically reflect on a painted surface, often creating an illusion of either flatness or depth. However, what Boysen is most interested in, is not the architecture of each painting, but the transcendence of these objects from form and material to objects that pull their viewers inward for contemplation.

Boysen received her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY, New York and her BFA from University of Iowa, Iowa City. She has participated in recent exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery, New York; Frank Elbaz Gallery, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles; Night Gallery, Los Angeles and Los Angeles Nomadic Division. Boysen will be part of a two-person exhibition at Galerie Torri in Paris in late 2015. 
Cherry and Martin is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am-6pm and by appointment. The 2732 space is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11am-5pm and by appointment. For images and additional information, please contact or call 310 559-0100.

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