ViewFInder at Galleri Urbane
DALLAS – Galleri Urbane is pleased to present our first solo show by Dallas-based artist Danielle Kimzey. Titled Viewfinder, the exhibition will feature a body of all new paintings that offer a fragmented glance into the everyday world of the artist. In this series of work, Kimzey finds an interest in her experience of time, though not in a grand, scientific manner, but rather in the quiet, often-overlooked moments that mark her daily existence. Dwelling on these episodes for longer inspection, Kimzey considers them from multiple viewpoints, translating them into complex, vibrant abstractions.
In the painting Dog Eared (2018), for instance, Kimzey reflects on her nightly ritual of reading under a blanket, flashlight in hand, to keep from disturbing her sleeping partner. The ongoing repetition of this nightly activity activated an interest in Kimzey to portray this lived experience from not her own point of view, but that of the blanket itself. The bright glare of a flashlight and the constant folding and movement of the blanket throughout the night are recorded in this geometric composition, proposing that our daily interaction with otherwise insignificant objects can become a method of archiving our existence.
Color always plays a significant role for the artist in these representations. The paintings often harken to the energetically intersecting planes of early 20th-century Futurist paintings, only updated with saturated hues of bright acrylic colors. Observing her surroundings, Kimzey maintains an awareness for the ability of color to dictate time. This is beautifully captured in Waking Up in a Tiny House (2018), depicting the experience of a bedroom’s color shift from deep blues to pale peach in the early hours of dawn. As in all of the paintings, colors begin from what is directly observed and eventually expanded upon in Kimzey’s signature style to create a more intense portrayal of the scene.
Throughout the series there remains a tension between order and disorder, chaos and balance. Carefully executed structures are painted only to be broken apart and then built in a new way. Through this process, Kimzey is allowed to produce paintings that become heirlooms of the spaces and objects around her. These commemorative objects, however, do not set out to render these subjects in photographic detail, but rather seek to depict the elusive, immaterial experiences that they generate.
Piecing it Together at The Hawn Gallery
Curatorial statement by Georgia Erger:
Piecing It Together presents a selection of abstract paintings and drawings by Danielle Kimzey, Mary Laube, and Christopher Reno. These three artists explore the private world of the ‘home’ and seek to demystify, through their abstract works, this insular, domestic space. The artists’ subjects reveal both the contents of the ‘house’ (mundane objects encountered everyday) and associations of ‘home’ (deeply ingrained memories and constructed ideals). These artists draw from their experiences of parenthood and the home, and in doing so, bring to the forefront a view that is uniquely private, yet shared.
Kimzey, Laube, and Reno work within modernist painting traditions, yet blur boundaries between the art world and the domestic sphere. Modernist abstraction in America was largely dominated by notions of the singular (male) genius and praised for its unbridled expression of freedom and lofty notions of artistic autonomy. The artists of Piecing It Together challenge this tradition of abstraction by exploring domesticity, a subject that is considered banal or sentimental. Kimzey reconfigures puzzles and employs the logic of Legos to explore formal concerns of color, composition, form, and gesture. Laube modifies and flattens perspective in depictions of her surroundings to complicate the intersection of constructed and idealized spaces. Textiles and fibers, foundational to Reno’s practice, reflect his experimental manipulation of materials most often associated with craft or the home.
The artists do not strive to monumentalize their experiences, but rather, make them accessible through the context of the practice of abstraction. The small scale of the paintings and drawings presented in this exhibition mimic the intimacy of the subject matter addressed by the artists. In piecing together their memories, from the idealized to the monotonous, and constructed imagery of the home, Kimzey, Laube, and Reno evocatively problematize the historical marginalization of the domestic to the periphery of art.
Danielle Kimzey is based in Dallas and studied Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa and Southern Methodist University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Dallas, Memphis, and Irvine, and internationally in Berlin.
Mary Laube is based in Cleveland and studied Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture at the University of Iowa and Illinois State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia, and internationally in Gimpo, South Korea.
Christopher Reno is based in Galesburg, IL and studied Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking at the University of Iowa, Knox College, and the New York Studio School. His work has been exhibited nationally in New York, Austin, and St. Louis.
Curated by Georgia Erger, Curatorial Fellow for the Hawn Gallery.
White Rock Weekly - Artist Breaks Down Life into Little Moments, by Sujata Dand, 2018
Hawn Gallery - Piecing it Together and Eva Hesse, by Georgia Erger, 2017
Peripheral Vision Arts - Fragmentation and Structure in Recent Paintings by Danielle Kimzey: The Chaos Never Bothered Her Anyway, by Heather Bowling 2016
The Galesburg Register-Mail - Mural Brightens Downtown Landscape, by Ariel Cheung, 2012
Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas
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