Bruce Dow: Love Seats & Cyclones
and in the project room:
new drawings by Allyson Strafella
Oct 12-Nov 18, 2012
Opening reception: Fri, Oct 12, 6-9pm
Closing reception featuring poetry reading by Mika Gellman + Keri M. Judd: Nov 18 at 4pm
Norte Maar, 83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn
Directions: L Train to Dekalb Stop. Norte Maar is on the corner of Wyckoff Avenue + Suydam Street
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Norte Maar is presents Bruce Dow: Love Seats & Cyclones, October 12-November 17, 2012. On exhibit will be one sculpture (a transformed Eames chair) and one drawing. The project room will feature new drawings by Allyson Strafella. Opening reception will be held on Friday, October 12 from 6-9pm.
Bruce Dow transforms modern industrial objects that have been found, collected or acquired. Display stands, floor jacks, racetracks, Pantone colors, and Eames chairs are reclaimed, reshaped, and represented in, not necessarily an entirely new context. Adopting forms and riding the boundary between industrial product and fine art, Dow’s works range from small objects, to furniture, to architecture. Drawing is an integral part of his process, modifying form, adjusting scale, and inserting color.
“These objects are repaired mostly with plaster, the forms being hand built, or cast, attach like an appendage or prosthesis, a biomorphic form attached to its industrial past. Modernism plays a strong role in my work from its implied utopic future. Most recent work has been on Eames chairs, transforming their seemingly perfect forms. Cutting and reconfiguring them into new shapes, they are glued and mended, transforming them into another life.” –Bruce Dow, Brooklyn, 2012
Bruce Dow studied painting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work has been exhibited at the Incident Report Viewing Station, Hudson NY; Jon Gerstand Gallery, NYC; Josh Baer Gallery, NYC; and The Drawing Center, NYC. This is his first exhibition at Norte Maar and the first one-person exhibition since 2007.
In the Project Room:
Allyson Strafella has been working with a typewriter making drawings for nearly twenty years. During that time she has developed marks that are unique to her visual language: a drawing language ‘written’ by type, and a written language drawn as mark and form. Early in her practice, a question emerged: are these images details of something much larger than what is seen on the page or are they full-scale landscapes as seen from the sky above? That her images typed could hover between these two spaces/places creates lasting provocation.
“There are no limitations to drawing in my mind, and it is with this notion that I continue exploring the drawn mark.” –Allyson Strafella