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Blaise Rosenthal | Mirage | April 1

03-07-2016 12:17 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Johansson Projects

Featuring: Blaise Rosenthal
Show Runs March 26 - May 21, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-8pm

In first solo exhibition Blaise Rosenthal's acrylic and charcoal works reveal subtle forms with layers of intricate construction.

A straight crisp line, a clear division of light and dark, cuts across a rich surface formed by two asymmetrically scaled canvases. This singularity, however, does not exist. It is a greater sum of parts. Washes of acrylic media combined with charcoal and earth based pigments stain and seemingly patina these canvases that provide a monolithic ground for compositional activity. Hand drawn charcoal lines span this ground, repeated to the verge of nullification. Through the shutters of these lines a simple but striking form emerges, divulging multi-faceted intricacies.

In Mirage Blaise Rosenthal uses both the vocabulary and physicality of painting to create work of a rugged elegance. The works in this show make no attempt to foster certainty. Instead they press upon the boundaries of contemporary painting by exploring the potentials of form and frame, and invite viewers to enter a state of wonder.

Johansson Projects is a contemporary art gallery that functions as a curatorial laboratory, creating exhibitions that pair established and internationally-recognized artists with up-and-coming locals. With no show confined purely to gallery walls it prompts viewers to actively engage with artists who explore the mysteries embedded in modernity often using unorthodox materials and methods. Johansson Projects is a locus for curators, collectors, and artists to connect and engage in dialogue with the larger art community both regionally and nationally.

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