"Twisted" Group Show - April 2012
Friday April 13th - May 16th, 2012
Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present “Twisted”, a group exhibition featuring 5 artists who share the use of a single element – the simple curving line – as the launching point to create engaging and complex works. Patterns are formed by the repeating interwoven lines in these artworks in four different mediums – photography, ceramics, wood and works on paper. In each piece, there is a sense that the artist is controlling and bending a force to their will to create order out of chaos. One has the feeling that the curving, curling, wild lines have their own agenda, a desire to escape the restraints of the drawing or sculpture’s bounds, but are disciplined into aesthetic submission.
Lyn Horton’s pencil and gouaches drawings are hypnotic. These works of seemingly infinite repetition of the pencil stroke; up-down-up-down over and over again, conjure the chanting of a meditative state and the sounds of music. The artist has executed Sol Lewitt wall drawings and is a master of controlling her small pencil – line by line – until a large and powerful work of art emerges. We will present a one-person show of Horton’s works on paper and wall installations in the fall.
John Brown’s photographs capture wisteria vines in silhouette that reach with sinuous strands across the watercolor paper like jet-black India ink spills. This current work is an outgrowth of the striking “Vine Series” presented at Cross MacKenzie last spring.
Real Midwestern cyclones are captured in the height of their twisting motion in the dynamic charcoal drawings by the Iowan artist, Ellen Wagener. The energy of the twisters is present in these small but power packed pieces included in the show.
Laurel Lukaszewski has broken out of her familiar black and white extruded ceramic elements with a new hanging ceramic sculpture made of colored clay ribbons which reference vines even more directly in this palette of twisted lines.
Finally, noted architect and sculptor, Charles Anthony, tames twisted wood and writhing vines to create beautiful mirror frames whose interwoven elements literally have to be tied and screwed down to control their natural habit of reaching for another vertical to use as a climbing trellis. Combing hair in front of these mirrors is like mimicking the efforts of the sculptor in smoothing down stray curving lines of hair into a pleasing frame of the face. Anthony’s architectural projects must stand up to serious building codes, classical dimensions and construction deadlines. His whimsical side is let loose here to our delight. The tension in all of these works of art comes from their twisted nature – parallel lines need not apply.
John Brown Jr.