Look Near Into the Distance
Art Palace is pleased to present Look Near Into the Distance, a solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Barry Stone. The arc of Stone’s work bridges the intersection between truth and fiction, reality and fantasy, and the natural and artificial. Stone’s photographs and paintings are world-making exercises, in which traditional notions of picture making are embraced and subverted. The landscapes and objects depicted in Stone’s works form perceptual mirages made possible through manipulations of scale, color, code, and paint. Simultaneously enormous and impossibly small, an improbably blue cave sits next to a distant, tiny super moon and a chandelier hovers in front of a cloudy, black tromp l’oeil sky. Stone also manipulates the code of digital images, updating the storied traditions of still-life and landscape to create colorful and elegant glitched bouquets and sunsets. The show’s title is a summation and inversion of utopian thinker Ernst Bloch’s sentiment that utopians create their idealized visions of the future through close scrutiny of the world near at hand. World making, thus, is equal parts critical inquiry and hopeful future casting.
In Raychael Stine’s newest body of work, Chuparrosa, paintings on canvas and paper confidently propose that no event is truly unique. By layering abstract painterly gesture and deft representation, Stine creates scenarios where perception and perspective get confused. The work in Chuparrosaarticulates the transitive relationship between form and material with an aim to create more space, and more looking. Stine defends the value of feeling in the context of contemporary art, as well as the importance of tenderness in everyday life.
Raychael Stine lives in Albuquerque and works as an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of New Mexico. Her most recent solo exhibitions include galleries Inpost Artspace (Albuquerque, NM;) Jekyll & Hyde (Chicago, IL;) Eugene Binder (Marfa, TX;) and Marty Walker Gallery (Dallas, TX). Raychael holds a BFA from University of Texas at Dallas and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Art Palace is pleased to present Boundary Extension, a solo exhibition of screen prints by Jeffrey Dell. Dell’s work combines graphic shapes and metamorphic color, yielding the subtle spacial qualities of folded paper and curled ribbon. As illusions of three-dimensionality, the work in Boundary Extension expresses Dell’s interest in how basic human desires cooperate with faculties of perception. The exhibition takes its name from a common cognitive phenomenon where we perceive the frame of an image is stretched out farther, including information not derived from sensory input. This error of commission is essential to viewing art, and to sustaining a comprehensive impression of the world. We understand the verity of a piece like Floating Stack 1; its subject visually checks out as both stacked and floating thanks to our ability to cohesively read the principles of occlusion, physics, and memory. When Dell applies the concept of boundary extension to an ephemeral motif like bows and streamers, the uninhibited spectrums of color lassoed by immaculate edges adopt a striking split-personality. Flat Bow 1 possesses both the anticipation of a coiled spring and the grief of an impotent roman candle. Boundary Extension confirms that perception lacks certainty, but contains an abundance of emotional aptitude.
Jeffrey Dell completed the work for Boundary Extension while attending the four-month Charles Adams Studio Project Artists in Residence program (CASP AiR) in Lubbock, TX. Dell has headed the Printmaking department at Texas State University for 15 years and currently lives in San Marcos, TX. Recent exhibitions include the International Print Center of New York; Minnesota State University; and Galleri Urbane, Dallas. Dell received his MFA from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.