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  Michelle Benoit
Marilyn Lerner
Pete Schulte
May 4 - June 10, 2018
 
 
In Michelle Benoit’s reductive and luminous Lucite sculptures, her color choices reference memory, personal experience, and a sense of place – she describes the work as a “tangible remembering.” In this new series Laminae, the artist’s process is akin to a geologist gathering core samples of the earth. Benoit, based in Providence, Rhode Island, literally excavated the walls of her childhood bedroom. The palette choices in her sculptures were derived from the layers of paint and wall paper she discovered in the core samples, which are recreated with acrylics, gouache, and other pigments and forever preserved under reclaimed bulletproof Lucite.
 
New York-based painter Marilyn Lerner creates vividly colorful, geometric abstract paintings in oil. Music is an important and meaningful experience in the creation of her work and informs the shapes as well as color choices in her paintings. Lerner has traveled extensively and drawn inspiration from Javanese court Gamelan music as well as Middle Eastern and Algerian Rai music. Rejecting any reliance on color theories or a systematic approach to geometric form, her process is instead intuitive, with one color choice leading to the selection of another. In the same manner, the presence of a dominant shape will give rise to other forms and patterns that emerge in her paintings. While symmetrical arrangements of geometries dominate her work, a closer look reveals that Lerner’s compositions are rarely mirror images.
 
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Pete Schulte’s geometric drawings form the cornerstone of his artistic investigations, which also include sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and installations. Working at small-scale in his drawings, Schulte’s pristine and nuanced compositions are predominately graphite but also include gouache, ink and pigment. He eschews mechanical processes and executes his drawings slowly and entirely by hand. His approach is intimate and intuitive, creating drawings of quiet strength, with one work often begetting the next. Schulte notes that, “without irony, I am attempting to craft a life-affirming response to the existential, political, social and ecological catastrophes that currently confront us.”
 
 
Michelle Benoit
Laminae, behind faux
velvet: Floral Paisley, 2018
Mixed media on
hand-cut Lucite
18 5/8 x 13 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches

Michelle Benoit
Laminae, behind faux
velvet: Ninigret Green, 2018
Mixed media on
hand-cut Lucite
19 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches

Michelle Benoit
Laminae, behind faux
velvet: Pale in Pink, 2018
Mixed media on
hand-cut Lucite
19 5/8 x 13 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches
 
Michelle Benoit
Laminae, behind faux
velvet: Chartreuse, 2018
Mixed media on
hand-cut Lucite
19 5/8 x 13 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches

Michelle Benoit
Laminae, behind faux
velvet: Orange Amber, 2018
Mixed media on
hand-cut Lucite
19 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 2 inches
 
Marilyn Lerner
Double Cross, 2018
Oil on wood panel
30 x 24 inches

Marilyn Lerner
Comes Full Circle, 2015-16
Oil on wood panel
30 inches diameter

Marilyn Lerner
Repetition, 2016
Oil on wood panel
30 x 24 inches
 
Marilyn Lerner
Center Holding, 2014
Oil on wood panel
18 x 24 inches

Marilyn Lerner
Lingering Anticipation, 2015-16
Oil on wood panel
24 x 18 inches

Marilyn Lerner
A Loud Song, 2018
Oil on wood panel
11 x 14 inches
 
Marilyn Lerner
For CVW, 2018
Oil on wood panel
17 x 13 inches

Marilyn Lerner
Four Points, 2018
Oil on wood panel
12 x 12 inches

Marilyn Lerner
Rotation, 2018
Oil on wood panel
16 x 12 inches
 
Marilyn Lerner
Doubled, 2018
Oil on wood panel
17 x 13 inches
 
Pete Schulte
A Letter Edged in Black, 2017
Graphite, gouache
and ink on paper
15 x 15 inches

Pete Schulte
Jeremiad, 2017
Graphite on paper
15 x 15 inches
 

Pete Schulte
X, 2017
Graphite on paper
15 x 15 inches
 
 
Pete Schulte
No Title, 2016
Graphite, gouache and
ink on paper
8 x 8 inches

Pete Schulte
Cosmic American Music, 2016
Graphite and gouache,
on paper
10 x 10 inches

Pete Schulte
Gallis Pole, 2016
Graphite and gouache
on paper
10 x 10 inches
 
Pete Schulte
No Title, 2016
Graphite, gouache and
ink on paper
8 x 8 inches

Pete Schulte
No Title, 2015
Graphite, gouache and
pigment on paper
10 x 8 inches

Pete Schulte
No Title, 2015
Graphite, gouache and
ink on paper
11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
 
Pete Schulte
No Title, 2016
Graphite, ink and
colored pencil on paper
8 x 8 inches

Pete Schulte
Flame II, 2017
Graphite and
pigment on paper
8 x 10 inches

Pete Schulte
No Title, 2016
Graphite and gouache
on paper
10 x 10 inches
 
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