Object/Image

Butterly, Masullo, Newman, Nozkowski, Ohr, Wayne

March 10 – April 16, 2011

KATHY BUTTERLY
Stand
2011
clay, glaze
5 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches
Private Collection

KATHY BUTTERLY
Feast
2011
clay, glaze
5 x 3 1/2 x 3 inches

KATHY BUTTERLY
Cake Box
2011
clay, glaze
4 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 inches
Private Collection

KATHY BUTTERLY
Nu-Glo
2011
clay, glaze
6 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches
Private Collection

KATHY BUTTERLY
Pony Boy
2011
clay, glaze
6 x 4 1/4 x4 1/4 inches
Private Collection

KATHY BUTTERLY
Klownd
2011
clay, glaze
5 1/4 x 3 1/2 x3 1/4 inches
Private Collection

KATHY BUTTERLY
Rabbit Hole
2011
clay, glaze
4 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 inches
Private Collection

KATHY BUTTERLY
Sundownup
2011
clay, glaze
4 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches
Private Collection

ANDREW MASULLO
5030
2008-10
oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches

ANDREW MASULLO
5251
2010
oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches

ANDREW MASULLO
5156
2009-10
oil on canvas
28 x 28 inches

ANDREW MASULLO
5158
2009
oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches

ANDREW MASULLO
5023
2008
oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches

JOHN NEWMAN
violet rigged for the dark above
2011
acrylic paint on extruded aluminum, acrylic on wood, bronze rod, sisal
25 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 8 inches

JOHN NEWMAN
three colors bend and reach
2010
acrylic paint on cast bronze found wood, acrylic paint on epoxy paste on galvanized steel wire and aluminum armature wire, acrylic paint on extruded copper
33 x 42 x 15 inches

THOMAS NOZKOWSKI
Untitled (P-47)
2008
oil on paper
22 x 30 inches

THOMAS NOZKOWSKI
Untitled (P-48)
2008
oil on paper
22 x 30 inches

THOMAS NOZKOWSKI
Untitled (P-49)
2008
oil on paper
22 x 30 inches

LESLIE WAYNE
#2 (after CB)
2011
oil on panel
12 x 9 1/2 inches

LESLIE WAYNE
One Big Love #2
2007
oil on wood
11 1/4 x 10 inches

LESLIE WAYNE
One Big Love #56
2010
oil on panel
12 x 9 inches

LESLIE WAYNE
One Big Love #58
2011
oil on panel
12 x 10 inches

LESLIE WAYNE
#3 (after CB)
2011
oil on panel
12 x 10 inches

Press Release

Object/Image
Kathy Butterly, Andrew Masullo, John Newman, Thomas Nozkowski, George Ohr, Leslie Wayne
March 10 – April 16, 2011

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of six artists, three sculptors and three painters. With the notable exception of ceramic sculptor George Ohr (1857-1918), the remaining five are contemporary artists and are represented by a selection of new work.

Irrespective of their medium---whether a painter or sculptor----each of the artist’s pieces is modestly sized, and shares an intimacy and a painterly approach to abstraction. Their work shares sensibilities consisting, among many other things, of autonomy, movement, and playful use of color. The artists have each arrived at their own vocabulary and their work taken individually inhabits distinct and intimate worlds.

Kathy Butterly uses seemingly-dissimilar materials and patterns, seamlessly intertwining them into vessels that seem to spiral around themselves. Though her process is labor-intensive, the end result feels improvised, fresh, and light. The fluidly curving forms of John Newman’s sculptures, with their small scale and gem-like quality, evoke little worlds of intimacy. Quiet and delicate, the works seem not to have a beginning or end; they emerge into space while seeming to draw into themselves. When one considers the time period in which George Ohr was working (he was born in 1857 and died in 1918), the sheer modernity of his ceramics becomes all the more astounding. His works convey spontaneity and confidence in his technique; his inventiveness exudes intelligence and an improvisational flair.

Though working in oil paint, Leslie Wayne’s method of pinching, folding, pulling, and slicing her material cannot help but be seen as sculptural. Each twist and fold is energetic and surprising, revealing layers of exuberant color that reveal a pliable sensuality. Andrew Masullo’s paintings express an interest in shape, though a resistance against allowing shape to dominate color, movement, or surface. This push/pull serves to create a joyful and dynamic confidence in the manipulation of material. Thomas Nozkowski’s abstract oil paintings explore the realm in between the geometric and the organic, employing a seemingly limitless vocabulary of shapes within the confines of his small works. His use of subtle variation continually questions the figure/ground relationship, making his paintings seem at once two-dimensional and sculptural.

The gallery will present an exhibition of Butterly’s recent work at the ADAA Art Show, March 2– 6, Booth D-28.