JUX: New Painting by Andy Spence and Colin Thomson, Storefront, Brooklyn, NY

Installation view.

February 25 – March 20, 2011

STOREFRONT (16 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn) presents a new exhibition titled JUX: new painting by ANDY SPENCE + COLIN THOMSON. JUX is an exhibition that brings together, or juxtaposes, two seasoned New York painters in a lively exhibition to examine and consider their diverse treatment of subject, color, drawing, and editing. While both Andy Spence and Colin Thomson paint abstractly, their methods and results could not be more different. JUX encourages the viewer to participate in the conversation created between two very different approaches to painting.

ANDY SPENCE is best known for his simplification of the subject and the relationship between abstraction and reference. Spence’s fascination with commonplace design has served as a starting point for much of his work. Each painting has different visual dualities such as spatial illusions, tactility and balance. Upon completion, the original sources are transformed and sometimes completely forgotten. Color is the reinforcing structure. In this new group of paintings, Spence’s structural format loosens, revealing his process.

Spence received his BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in 1969 and his MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 1971. He has been teaching at Bennington College in VT since 1994. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Walker Art Center, San Diego Museum of Art, among others. Spence lives and works in New York City. For more information on Andy Spence visit: www.andrewspenceart.com

COLIN THOMSON derives his compositions from a mixture of graphics and indigenous patterns that recall the early pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb. His paintings are a playful yet focused investigation of the relationship between figure and ground, color and drawing. Thomson’s narrative extends not only between his hieroglyphic figures but also includes the ‘ground’ in which they exist. Unlike his earlier works, which were thickly layered, these new works are ‘fast.’ Patches of raw canvas are left uncovered and the brush indicates sure drawing and a strong feeling for scale. Thomson, however, retains and expands upon his original subject, matter responding with a wry inventiveness to architectural plans, Islamic tiles, and skewed color registration.

Thomson received his BA from Lake Forest College in 1971 and his MFA from Yale University in 1977. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991-92. His work is in the collections of the Grey Art Gallery, New York University; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Weathersppon Art Gallery, and Centro Culturale, Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, among others. This fall, Thomson’s paintings will be featured at the Wexford Art Center in Bunclody, Republic of Ireland. Thomson lives and works in New York City. For more information on Colin Thomson visit: www.colinthomsonstudio.net

An opening reception for the artists will be held Friday, February 25, from 6-9PM. Storefront is open weekends 1-6PM or by appointment by calling 646-361-8512. For more information visit www.storefrontbk.com

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