NEW YORK, NY.- Haunch of Venison
announces Catch My Drift a solo exhibition by Doug Argue curated by Lily Alexander.
Minnesota-born artist Doug Argue presents four monumental conceptual paintings in the main gallery. Argue is best known for his large-scale abstract paintings that explore infinite space with a scientific and mathematical foundation. Argue often incorporates textas he equates letters to atomsand rearranges them, constructing new meanings to found writing. A highlight of the exhibition is Argues Genesis that measures roughly 13 by 19 feet and evokes the cosmos, but with closer inspection reveals distorted text. Argue appropriated letters from the book of Genesis, which he then altered in Photoshop and reassembled onto the painting to form a celestial-like, infinite image. In Hither and Thithering Waters of Night, referencing James Joyce, Argue features deconstructed text from Melvilles Moby Dick and warped Captcha textthe computer test that differentiates humans from Internet botsas a stand-in for brushstrokes. The paintings evoke visual data streams or flowing water, resulting in a dizzying and ethereal quality.
Doug Argue (b. 1962) has exhibited at some of the foremost institutions and his works are included in numerous public collections including the Walker Art Center; the Minnesota Museum of American Art; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and the Frederic R. Weisman Foundation. In 2009 he was awarded with the Artist of the Year by the London International Creative Competition and in 1997 he was awarded the Rome Prize.
San Francisco-based artist Bill Fontana is renowned for his pioneering exploration of sound. Making live recordings, Fontana creates works that heighten our awareness of our surroundings and the architecture of space. For this exhibition, curated by Lily Alexander, Fontana will exhibit four video works that were originally commissioned by Somerset House in London.
Each film records visual and aural details of various structures in London. In Tower Bridge Road Gap Fontana films the River Thames through a thin gap in the road. As shadows from passing traffic cross the tarmac, the water gurgles beneath. Hydrophones placed near to the water surface record the sounds of passing ships and water lapping. The work documents common sounds and architectural features from the river, magnifying them to the point of abstraction, highlighting elements normally missed in everyday life.
Bill Fontana (b. 1947) has exhibited at various international institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Tate Modern; and Tate Britain in London. Fontanas upcoming projects include a public exhibition celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge at San Franciscos Golden Gate Park, and a site-specific permanent installation at Chicagos Millennium Park.