131 Allen St
All exhibitions February 15 – March 18
Brosnan creates exuberant MDF (medium-density fiberboard) cutouts painted with acrylic graphics. Conflict arises between the luscious shapes rendered in colors so bright they burn the retina. The shapes acquire a strength that has them battling one another, where all the shapes merge toward one focal point. These works reside between playful childhood graphic and crafted adulthood, where a cloud can strangle a starburst in technicolor.
There is a mysticism in Vlahovich’s work that immediately summons thoughts of micrographs, and what one might have thought of when the first image created with a microscope appeared. His images teeter between abstraction and landscape, giving the viewer a sense of depth obscured by pure fear or ecstasy. October (2011) conjures thoughts of a crinkling leaf, pleasant autumn sunset, and, oddly enough, Goya’s The Third of May (1808). His compositions are effortlessly engrossing in their dictation of ambiguity.
The tremendous, hanging collages by Todd Knopke surge with material like thread, webbing, metal, and even rubber shoe inserts. They are impeccably sewn with each pattern or material distinctly in place. Despite the immediate chaos, the backdrop hosts a simpler scene in the foreground. Knopke reminds the viewer that the grand scheme of what we see is an elaborate collage, eternally complicated although it doesn’t necessarily require simplification.