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POUR examines the work of nine painters who refresh the techniques of postwar abstraction from the vantage of digital culture. Ingrid Calame, Kris Chatterson, Roland Flexner, Angela Gualdoni, Carrie Moyer, Carolanna Parlato, David Reed, Jackie Saccoccio and Carrie Yamaoka resuscitate the pour in dynamically divergent ways, enfolding technology’s tools, concepts and structures within historical applications. Their methods, which include layering, spreading, pouring and accumulating, cool the expressive temperature of postwar abstraction to accommodate the mediated spills and explosions in shared visual experience.

History[edit]

POUR is an exhibition curated by Elisabeth Condon and Carol Prusa in 2012 for the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University and traveled to Asya Geisberg Gallery (NYC) and Lesley Heller Workspace (NYC) in 2013. A supporting catalog includes essays by Stephen Maine, “Cover the Earth,” and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch, “Abstraction and Representation in the Pour.”

Spanning several generations, the artists’ works invoke the impact of mediation and technology with contingent gestures and structures that intervene with prevailing norms. Their works exploit paint’s ability to flow, veil, flicker and shift, veering from graphic opacity to backlit transparency. Floating, pouring and sweeping pigment on canvas and panel with newly formulated vehicles and binders, or replicating such gestures with dry media such as drawing and collage, renegotiates the terms of figure and ground as movement and viscosity. Rigorously considered philosophical, cultural and perceptual premises infuse these artists’ pours with visual momentum that becomes “wild and pliable and strange.” Yet from within their fluid binder, we glimpse stains, mechanical processes, elements of Sienese landscape or Chinese scrolls and topographies that connect us to the three-dimensional world from multiple speeds and distances.

An increasing spate of exhibitions trace the flow of European and American postwar art through Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Art Informel, Tachisme and onward. Frank Bowling’s Poured Paintings 1973-78 at the Tate Museum is a case in point. In New York they include Alison Gingeras’s Unpainted Paintings at Luxembourg and Dayan, MoMA’s Ab Ex in NY, Excerpts at Jason McCoy and A Painting Show at HarrisLieberman. Moving back in time and geographically outward, Janet Phelps’s Vivid (Schroeder Romero & Shredder, 2010), Expanding Boundaries (Boca Raton Museum, 2009), Katy Siegel’s High Times, Hard Times, National Academy of Art Museum (2007), L’Envolee Lyrique, La Petit Senat, Paris, (2006) and Dave Hickey’s Step Into Liquid, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis Art Institute of Art Design (2006), reinvigorate paint as a critical and exploratory tool. Such historical and contemporary frameworks propose painting as a vital repository for social concerns rather than solipsistic expressiveness, which responds to world events, whether World War II or the bombing of Iraq, through the physical and visual properties of material.

As Stephen Maine notes in the exhibition’s catalog, “The idea of fluidity connotes mobility of all kinds, social agility, flexibility, adaptability: flow. It is analogous to the peak experience for an artist in the studio or at the keyboard or in the concert hall, the very opposite of being stuck. Fluidity implies mastery, of which a significant aspect is knowing when and how to loosen one’s grasp of technique and plastic form, those preternaturally fruitful moments of creative endeavor when an exhilarating sense of freedom convinces us that anything is possible.”

List of Artists[edit]

POUR presents selected works by established and emerging artists, including: Ingrid Calame, Kris Chatterson, Roland Flexner, Angelina Gualdoni, Carrie Moyer, Carolanna Parlato, David Reed, Jackie Saccoccio, and Carrie Yamaoka.

Ingrid Calame[edit]

Ingrid Calame was born in the Bronx and lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA from the State University of New York, Purchase and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums such as the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Monterey Museum of Art, CA; Frith Street Gallery, London; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Group exhibitions include Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL; Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK; Kemper Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; and Paraplufabriek, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Kris Chatterson[edit]

Kris Chatterson lives and works in New York. He received his BFA from the Ringling School of Art and Design, FL and his MFA from Claremont Graduate University, CA. Solo exhibitions include Greene Contemporary, NY; Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY; and Western Project, Culver City, CA. Group exhibitions include the Arlington Arts Center, Luckman Gallery at California State LA; Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation, NY. He was selected for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program and the SFAI Grant, San Francisco Art Institute.

Roland Flexner[edit]

Roland Flexner, American, was born in Nice, France and lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include D’Amelio Gallery, NY; Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milano; Galerie Natalie Obadia, Paris; Itsutsuji Gallery, Tokyo; and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. Group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Galerie Nationale de la Tapisserie, Beauvais, France; and The Royal Academy of Arts, London. His work can be found in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice.

Angelina Gualdoni[edit]

Angelina Gualdoni earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design. Solo exhibitions include Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the St. Louis Art Museum. Group exhibitions include the Queens Museum of Art; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT; the Orlando Museum of Art, FL; the Neuberger Museum of Art, NY; and Susan Inglett Gallery, NY. She is a recipient of the NYFA Grant; Pollock-Krasner Grant, and was an Artadia Artist in Residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program. Her work is in public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Nerman Museum, Kansas City, KS.

Carrie Moyer[edit]

Carrie Moyer earned her BFA from Pratt Institute, NY, an MA in graphic design from the New York Institute of Technology, and her MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. She is an Associate Professor at Hunter College, NY. Solo exhibitions include Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris; Worcester Art Museum, MA; and American University Museum, Washington, D.C. Group exhibitions include Boston University Art Gallery; PS1/MoMA, NY; Participant, Inc., NY; Art Matters, NY; and White Flag Projects, St. Louis. She is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Anonymous Was A Woman Award, a Creative Capital grant, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2013.

Carolanna Parlato[edit]

Carolanna Parlato earned her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and a BS at the College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY. Solo exhibitions include the Islip Art Museum, Collections Gallery, East Islip, NY; OH+T Gallery, Boston; and Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY. Group exhibitions include Rotunda Gallery, NY; A-Lokatie Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Jan Colle Gallery, Ghent, Belgium; and Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey. Her work can be found in public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, and Public Art for Public Schools, NY.

David Reed[edit]

David Reed was born in San Diego, California and currently lives and works in New York. Reed obtained a BA at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and studied at the New York Studio School and at Skowhegan in Maine. Reed has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions have included a recent retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany, Häusler Contemporary, Munich, Germany, and an exhibition with William Eggleston at Peder Lund, Oslo, Norway. Select group exhibitions include Conspiracies of Illusion: Projections of Time & Space, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Reed was the recipient of the Ursula Blickle Stiftung Kunstförderpreis für Malerei in 2001 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1988. He has an upcoming exhibition at Häusler Contemporary in Zürich, Switzerland in June 2013.

Jackie Saccoccio[edit]

Jackie Saccoccio lives and works in Connecticut and New York. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo exhibitions include Eleven Rivington, NY; Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt; and Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis. Group exhibitions include Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Samson Projects, Boston; Idenberger Kunstverein, Oldenberg, Germany; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant, and a Fulbright Foundation Grant.

Carrie Yamaoka[edit]

Carrie Yamaoka lives and works in New York. She earned her BA at Wesleyan University and studied at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. Solo exhibitions include Storefront Bushwick, NY; Studio I.I, London; Galerie Une Auvernier, Switzerland; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Galerie Lange & Pult, Zurich; and Torch Gallery, Amsterdam. Group exhibitions include Artists Space, NY; Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany; the Wexner Center in Ohio; and CAN in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Residencies include a one-year studio residency at Painting Space 122, NY and Fenenin El-Rahhal/Nomadic Artists, Working Artists Summit, Egypt in 2006. Her work can be found in the public collections of The Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Curators[edit]

Elisabeth Condon[edit]

Elisabeth Condon is an artist who pours paint and Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Florida.

Carol Prusa[edit]

Carol Prusa is an artist who lives and works in South Florida where she is a Professor of Visual Art at Florida Atlantic University.

Exhibition Venues[edit]

University Galleries (Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431) Lesley Heller Workspace (54 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002) Asya Geisberg Gallery (537B West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011)