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Gallery Reception: Kieran Riley Abbott "Escape Room"

Escape Room by Staff-Artist Kieran Riley Abbott
Closing Reception Friday, February 9th, 6:30-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 6 - February 10, 2018

Escape Room features a series of sculptural monotypes from 2017, which are made by pouring wet hydrocal over a water-soluble crayon drawing. The drawing transfers onto the hydrocal, but not perfectly; the process disrupts the grid structure and reveals anomalies in the pattern. The illusionistic checkerboard floor - used as a shorthand for an artist’s mastery of linear perspective in Renaissance paintings - begins to undulate, and solid shapes start to blur around the edges. The malleability of these geometric patterns speaks not only to the limits of visual perception but to an uncertainty around the invisible structures that dictate daily life. The mysterious intermediary step between the crayon drawing and final result, when the plaster is poured, yields a result I can never entirely control.

Image: Escape Room, 2017, Monotype (wax crayon on hydrocal)

Earlier Event: February 8
Visiting Writer: Baron Wormser
Later Event: February 12
Visiting Artist: Judith Simonian