Lyn Horton - September 2012
Friday September 7th - September 29th, 2012
Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present a solo show of wall installations and works on paper by Massachusetts based artist, Lyn Horton, following her well-received participation in the gallery’s spring group show, “TWISTED”. This exhibition presents a more complete picture of Horton’s oeuvre from her individual small works on paper to her monumental site-specific wall drawings that employ velvet rope for the linear elements and are applied directly onto the painted wall.
Horton’s work is visual jazz – rhythmic, layered, sensuous and adheres to her own sensibilities. It is no surprise Lyn Horton writes about jazz – her passion. Her reviews have been regulars in Jazz Times, The New York Jazz Messenger, her own music blog - The Paradigm for Beauty and other publications, and her drawings have graced CD covers, most recently Wadada Leo Smith’s “Ten Freedom Summers”. Her jazz musings could describe her own art. Though reviewing a musical artist, Horton said; “The music Is thematic, tends to be quiet, slightly explosive, adheres to (the musician’s) sense of humor, lyricism and even romantic melody” an apt expression of the Lyn Horton exhibition in our gallery September.
As Mark Jenkins noted in his review in the Post of her recent work, “ the drawings are still minimalist but with a sensuous ease” and “her “Loop” series twirls further away from Euclidean geometry”. Many of the works in this exhibition are made of hypnotic twists of interwoven lines starting with circles and swoops that build to a crescendo – one layer over the other, line after line (or note by note and phrase by phrase) – in a repetitive, rhythmic, musical pattern.
Horton’s MFA degree show at Cal Arts focused on the line and its place in minimalism and she has continued mining that vein ever since. Her experience executing wall drawings for minimalist Sol Lewitt informs her practice; she is a master of controlling her small pencil – mark by mark – with quiet, obsessive, painstaking, repetition – until a large and powerful work of art emerges.