Karin Waskiewicz: Fate

Karin Waskiewicz
Fate, 2010; 45 x 60 inches; acrylic on panel

April 18 – May 12, 2017

Front Window Gallery is pleased to present Fate, a visually rich painting by Karin Waskiewicz.  Combining a building up and breaking down of materials, Waskiewicz cuts, gouges, and drills into multiple layers of acrylic to reveal surprising combinations of colors and forms. Equal parts sculpture and painting, Fate exudes a tactile energy reaching far beyond the boundaries of the rectangle support on which it sits. Waskiewicz wrings forth from her labor-intensive process highly suggestive and metaphorically charged imagery resembling swarms of things (birds, gnats, clouds, etc.), undulating liquid, or even a schematic of a synaptic network.

 

Reba Rohrer: Uncertainty

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March 3 – April 3, 2017

Front Window Gallery presents “Uncertainty,” an exhibition of two works by Reba Rohrer. In these drawings, Rohrer engages whimsy, riotous color, and a horror vacui jumbling of forms and figures to explore complicated themes such as femininity, aging, longing, love, and loss. The works are stylistically direct – taking influence from the worlds of illustration and animation – and injected with a good dose of humor and narrative wit. The viewer is rewarded with an art experience that is emotionally rich and visually stimulating.

Eric Aho: Two Landscapes

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Above :East Side of Monadnock, 1995; Oil on canvas; 22 x 28 inches
Below: Kent’s Apple Tree, 1995; Oil on canvas; 20 x 24 inches

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February 2 – March 1st, 2017

Front Window Gallery is happy to present two early works by Eric Aho. Combining painterly abstraction with plein air realism, Aho transmutes the world as seen before him into color, shape, form, and movement. The result are works that feel less like locations and more like memories, elusive yet concrete moments that simultaneously ground and transport the viewer.

Lordan Bunch: Last Picture Attempt

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Lordan Bunch

December 20, 2016 – January 20, 2017

Front Window Gallery is pleased to present three paintings from Lordan Bunch’s Last Picture series. For this body of work, Bunch repeatedly painted a portrait of the incorruptible Saint Bernadette in repose, trying to perfect the image with each subsequent attempt. Close inspection reveals subtle differences between each painting – a slightly narrower curve or barely perceptible deepening of color – showing Bunch making minor adjustments in pursuit of “the perfect painting.” The result is a beautiful and melancholic meditation on the seductive, but unattainable, notion of The Ideal.

Trevor Winkfield: Tomb

Trevor Winkfield

Trevor Winkfield

November 11 – December 16, 2016

Front Window Gallery is excited to present Trevor Winkfield’s Tomb, a tightly packed canvas depicting a raucous, modernist and pop-inflected glimpse of some delirious fever dream. Like fine-tuned marionettes, Winkfield’s shapes, colors, forms, and characters are perpetually acting out an enticing yet elusive narrative. Of Winkfield’s paintings poet John Ashbery wrote, “If all art aspires toward the condition of music as Pater writes, Trevor Winkfield must be counted among the most successful artists of all time.”

Burton C. Bell: Descansos

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August 12 – November 10th, 2016

Front Window Gallery is thrilled to present Burton C. Bell’s Descanso. In this haunting photo, Bell captures the palpable, real-time grit of train tracks set against the infinite possibilities of an unfathomable, endless horizon. Here, time and place are at once concrete and ethereal, constantly shifting underfoot. According to Bell, “In the Southwest and West you will see many roadside crosses marking the place where a person died in an auto crash. There are thousands. These markers are called descansos, the Spanish word for rest area. In the year 2001, I made a trip from Los Angeles to Santa in my ’69 Ford F250. My goal was to capture and document as many descansos as possible along Route 66. Many times I ventured off the path to explore. Resonating my journey back to LA, heading west, my future at that moment was infinitely unclear. This is my own personal descanso.”

Michael Neff: Degraded Network

Ain't never gonna get there

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July 15 – August 8th, 2016

Front Window Gallery is pleased to present Degraded Network, an installation by Michael NeffDegraded Network addresses our contemporary experience of the world mediated by our interconnected devices and their screens. This multimedia installation elevates the humble loading gif, presenting it in outsized fashion and seen through a matrix of loading progress bars, which have been cut through sheets of paper that black out the gallery window. Degraded Network offers the viewer a two-part experience: By day, it is a quiet, dark, curious site of potential; at night, it becomes a mesmerizing, glowing analogue of a media screen, with the colorful light of a pulsating animated gif peeking through.

Amy Abattoir: Boy Overlooking

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May 17 – June 21st, 2016

Front Window Gallery is thrilled to present Amy Abattoir‘s Boy Overlooking. In this beguiling painting, Abattoir deftly co-mingles the familiar with the surreal, while casting a broad range of emotions over the entire scene with deceptively simple narrative elements. The introspective experience of the lone figure of a boy standing on a bridge is mirrored in the watery, wintery, almost monochromatic landscape in which he is placed. By setting up visual and metaphoric dichotomies, such as what is inside versus what is outside, Abattoir’s Boy Overlooking poses more questions than answers. Is this merely a nostalgic scene of innocent childhood exploration, or something slightly more sinister? And it’s in this charged not-really-knowing-what’s-happening arena that Abattoir suspends the viewer, creating a palpable tension that holds everything together.

Deborah Rosenthal: Three Paintings

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Landscape with Lovers (detail)

Deborah Rosenthal
March 29 – May 4th, 2016

Front Window Gallery is thrilled to present three paintings by Deborah RosenthalLandscape with Lovers is a figural abstraction investigating themes of love and loss, transformation and change,  and the inevitability and permanence of time as writ large in the landscape. Also on view are two small studies for a stained-glass commission permanently installed in New York City’s Ansche Chesed Synagogue: one depicting a pomegranate and the other the tree of life.

Chuck Webster: Three Works

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Webster

February 19 – March 18th, 2016

Front Window Gallery is excited to present three works by Chuck Webster. In his book “Painting Abstraction” (New York: Phaidon, 2009), curator Bob Nickas described Webster’s work as “… translucent, biomorphic, and geometric forms — abstraction as sign, symbol, emblem. Their waxy, almost sculptural feeling, along with the vibrant color, gives the sense that they can actually be held in the palm of one’s hand…”