The juxtaposition of duos in this group show highlights the work of artists Linda K. Alpern, Jonathan Beer, Herbie Fletcher, Eric Freeman, Félix Bonilla Gerena, David Matterhorn, Melanie J. Moczarksi, Lola Montes, Matisse Patterson, Saul Steinberg, Nick Weber, Darius Yektai and Yung Jake. Curated by Tripoli Patterson.
Curated by Tripoli Patterson, artworks arranged side-by-side fall into pairs—each duo forming a bond of simultaneous likeness and contrast. Varying degrees of scale and asymmetrical alignment create movement and rhythm throughout the sequential hanging, as the common thread is instinctually sought out.
Under this structure of couples, both the physical and emotional elements of each artwork are brought to the forefront. With very different handling of the same medium, oil paint, and further separation in subject matter, Darius Yektai’s Untitled Wave Series, 2012, juxtaposed with Eric Freeman’s Untitled, 2012, are instantly linked by color—an intense green that fluctuates, leaning more towards yellow or more towards blue depending on the viewer’s position and the angle of light hitting their surfaces. In groupings of the same artist, as in the case of Nick Weber, the proximity of his oil paintings, East Village Street, 2012, and Helga’s Hands, 2011, invites a closer observation of his handling of the brush and use of color to evoke a subtle, similar mood in two works of differentiating subject matter.
Such observations continue throughout—in artwork couplings ranging from works on paper to acrylic or oil on canvas, from silver gelatin to c-print photography and from mixed media and found objects in both 2- and 3-dimensional forms.