Mark Dagley in Linear Abstraction, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY



Gary Petersen, Smashed, 2008
Oil on canvas, 56 x 40 inches

January 8 – February 7, 2009

This exhibition examines many of the ways in which artists use line as the dominant element in creating abstract imagery. Mark Dagley’s paintings of spherical webs of interlaced lines reference information technologies, the development of social networking sites and the global environment of interdependence while reflecting systems of interconnectedness, both spiritual and mechanistic. Gilbert Hsiao’s optically-charged, shaped canvases are painted in a reductive but vibrant palette and rely on simple, repeated patterns to achieve an overall complexity and visceral sensation in the viewer. Using camera-less photography techniques, Maureen McQuillan’s silvery networks of shadowy line create strange, unsteady images of light and focus, suggesting perceptions of both natural and virtual phenomena. In Gelah Penn’s site-specific installation, The Naked Kiss, the artist manipulates colored monofilaments and other tendril-like materials to reveal the complexities of movement and flowing expansion and the accretion of lines and shadows. Tautly bending, acid-hued bands of color compress and expand space in Gary Petersen’s paintings. Brightly colored parallel lines playfully flex, angle and curve as they define voids and create movement. In late 2001 Mary Temple began making ink on vellum drawings of a repeated and overlapping elliptical shape. Each drawing is identified with the number of discrete marks it contains and is part of a series she created to complete one million of these individual gestures.