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  Horror Vacui
June 12 - August 1, 2008
 

Does nature really abhor a vacuum? Scientifically, this Aristotelian theory regarding the "fear of open space" was disproved centuries ago. But for artists, the desire to create work where all (or nearly all) the space is filled stems from a number of motivations. Largely eschewing figure/ground relationships and employing an "allover" compositional format, the works in the exhibition embrace a visual denial of open space and celebrate complexity and obsessive execution through dense mark making or intricate patterning and ornamentation. The works express a range of emotions, from a joyful generosity of spirit to an almost paranoiac claustrophobia. While denying open space can be interpreted as the denial of the unknown, or the mitigation of the fear of death, it is also a stance against minimalist reduction and an embrace of richness and complexity. Ironically, in the obsessive creation of some of these works, a Zen-like state of mind can be achieved. The exhibition features works on paper by the following artists: David Ambrose, Astrid Bowlby, Jacob El Hanani, Lori Ellison, Lee Etheredge IV, Adam Fowler, Kevin Hart, David Kinast, Maureen McQuillan, James Nelson, Aric Obrosey, Heidi Pollard, Emily Stern, Philip Taaffe, Barbara Takenaga, Don Voisine, Sarah Walker, Andrea Way, and Laura Sharp Wilson.
 
 
David Ambrose
Between Cordoba and Granada, 2008
Watercolor and gouache on pierced paper
30 x 22 inches

Astrid Bowlby
5.6.08 (Striped Flowers), 2008
Ink on paper
7 x 7 inches

Astrid Bowlby
5.19.08 (Variegated Spirals), 2008
Ink on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Jacob El Hanani
Cross Hatched, 1996
Ink on paper
18 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches; image size 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches

Lori Ellison
Triangles, 2005
Ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 inches

Lori Ellison
Flowers, 1999
Ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 inches
 
Lori Ellison
To the Center, 2003
Ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 inches

Lori Ellison
Curtain of Bees, 1998
Ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 inches

Lee Etheredge IV
Untitled, 2002
Typewriter ink on paper
20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
 
Adam Fowler
Untitled (4 Layers), 2006
Graphite on paper, hand-cut and layered
8 x 10 inches

Adam Fowler
Untitled (12 Layers), 2008
Graphite on paper, hand-cut and layered
9 1/2 x 9 inches

Kevin Hart
Untitled (Black and White), 2003
Ink on paper
20 x 16 inches, image size 18 x 14 inches
 
David Kinast
Untitled, 2008
Ink on paper
11 x 15 inches

David Kinast
Untitled, 2008
Ink on paper
11 x 15 inches

David Kinast
Untitled, 2008
Ink on paper
11 x 15 inches
 
Maureen McQuillan
Untitled, 2008
Unique photogram, silver gelatin print
20 3/4 x 20 inches, image size 20 x 19 inches

James Nelson
Untitled #2, 2008
Charcoal on handmade Japanese paper
24 x 19 inches

Aric Obrosey
Turbulent Fond, 2006
Graphite on Japanese paper
30 x 39 1/2 inches
 
Heidi Pollard
Heaven #1, 2008
Ink on paper
30 x 30 inches

Emily Stern
Circulant Matrix, 2005
Watercolor, flasche and pen on paper
11 x 15 inches

Emily Stern
Floral Fiend, 2005
Watercolor, flasche and pen on paper
11 x 15 inches
 
Emily Stern
Sargasso Rose, 2005
Watercolor, flasche and pen on paper
11 x 15 inches

Emily Stern
Capricorn Probate, 2008
Watercolor, flasche and pen on paper
11 x 14 inches

Philip Taaffe
Luna Park, 2008
Screenprint on paper
paper: 73 1/4 x 51 3/4 inches; images size: 66 1/4 x 45 3/4 inches
 
Barbara Takenaga
Untitled, 2008
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 10 inches

Don Voisine
Untitled, 2008
Ink on graph paper
4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches (sight)

Don Voisine
Untitled, 2008
Ink on graph paper
4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (sight)
 
Don Voisine
Untitled, 2008
Ink on graph paper
7 1/2 x 7 inches (sight)

Don Voisine
Untitled, 2008
Ink on graph paper
7 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (sight)

Sarah Walker
Freefall X, 2007
Acrylic on paper
12 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches
 
Sarah Walker
Freefall XII, 2007
Acrylic on paper
12 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches

Andrea Way
Canon, 2003
Ink and graphite on paper
26 x 40 1/2 inches

Laura Sharp Wilson
No Signs for Utah, 2008
Acrylic and pencil on paper
26 x 22 inches
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