The Beestes and the Briddes Alle
February 12 - March 15, 2014
Sea Sea Rider, 2013, oil on linen, 60 x 44 inches
In Douglas Florian's fourth solo show at BravinLee Programs he moves from small works on paper or wood to large oil on linen canvases in a series entitled, "The Beestes and the Briddes Alle."
In these paintings gesture plays against structure, density against sparsity, and movement against stasis. Letter forms weave, pool, and puddle in and out of existence, or jostle against borders and boundaries. The images may reference illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy, typography, textile design, and Middle English poetry. The impulsive drawing in the works suggests a range of emotions from somber gloominess to airy delicacy.
Douglas Florian lives and works in New York. His previous exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, where Roberta Smith called his work "Visually scrumptious," and "unleashed to joyful, freewheeling effect."
Artist's Book program
January 9 - March 15, 2014
BravinLee is pleased to present an artist book by Matthew Weinstein.
Weinstein's books begin with texts that are based on the scripts from his animated films. The text pages are juxtaposed with images and patterns that he has been developing throughout his work; never illustrating the texts, but rather nudging them in various abstract directions. He assembles the books using paper, old library index cards, pen, ink and paint. Like all his work, Weinstein takes the forms of illustration and deprives them of a logical reference so they can only be approached through the logic of abstraction.
Matthew Weinstein lives and works in New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Sonnabend Gallery NY, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Carolina Nitsch, NY, Kevin Bruk, Miami and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen.