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MARTIN PEARCE | FELICE KOENIG
Self Similarity

Oct 17 - Nov 17, 2013
Reception: Sat Oct 19, 2 - 5pm

Martin PearceMartin Pearce:
Grimaldi's Trees I, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24"

Martin PearceMartin Pearce:
Grimaldi's Trees II, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24"

Martin PearceMartin Pearce:
Grimaldi's Trees III, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24"

Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees IV, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24" (detail) Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees V, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24" (detail) Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees VI, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24" (detail)
Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees VII, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24" (detail) Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees VIII, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 24" (detail) Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Angels & Trees, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 30" (detail)
Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees Study I, oil, encaustic on canvas, 20 x 20" (detail) Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees Study II, oil, encaustic on canvas, 14 x 14" (detail) SOLD Martin PearceMartin Pearce: Grimaldi's Trees Study III, oil, encaustic on canvas, 14 x 14" (detail)
Felice KoenigFelice Koenig: Tingling and Swelling, 2013, acrylic on polystyrene, 36 x 36 x 7" (detail)

Felice Koenig:
Revolving Ebb, 2013, acrylic on polystyrene, 24 x 24 x 4”

Felice Koenig:
Sweet Thing, 2013, acrylic on polystyrene, 20 x 20 x 4”

Felice KoenigFelice Koenig:
Cape of Stars, acrylic on polystyrene, 24 x 24 x 4”

Felice KoenigFelice Koenig:
Even Fierce, acrylic on polystyrene, 24 x 24 x 4” 

Felice KoenigFelice Koenig: Pharmakon II (Food), acrylic on polystyrene, 24 x 24 x 4" (detail)
Felice KoenigFelice Koenig: Chuckle, 2012, acrylic on panel, 6 x 6 x 2.75" (detail) Felice KoenigFelice Koenig:
Steeping, acrylic on panel, 6 x 6 x 2.75” (detail) SOLD
Felice Koenig:
All Loved Up, acrylic on panel, 6 x 6 x 2.75” (detail) SOLD

Felice KoenigFelice Koenig:
I Get All Stirred Up
acrylic on panel, 6 x 6 x 2.75” (detail)

Felice Koenig:
Pathways to Love (Meditation)- various,
graphite on paper,
9” x 12" each

 

Installation images

Reception images

Exhibition Statement

The notion of self-similarity (from mathematics, the property of having a substructure analogous or identical to an overall structure) surfaces in the work of Felice Koenig and Martin Pearce.  In Koenig’s work this is seen in the use of the circle – a symbol of no beginning and no end.  The substructures are sculpted biomorphic circular forms while the overall structure is an evolution of layered imperfect circles of paint.  In Pearce’s work the materials layer up to create the overall structure – an organic field of substance.  The incisions through this field create marks whose gesture is a continuation of that expansive field.  Both sets of work use variety and repetition along with pointed explorations of materiality to create mesmerizing surfaces that unveil deeper content as the work is viewed over time.

From a distance the work in this show presents overall seductive surfaces that are connected through their mutual, but divergent, references to realism and abstraction.  Koenig’s work is pure abstract painting, but it becomes real through the physicality of the sculpted form and the literal build-up of paint into tiny mountains.  Pearce’s work has a solid basis in realism as its references landscape (through photography) in open and abstract layered fields of material. The works are in dialogue and contrast with each other; on the one hand, surfaces of built up layers palpably project and create a reality of physicality that references the act of painting, on the other a scratching through of layers literally indents, but remains as representation through marks that refer to real images.

Biographies

Martin Pearce graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in 1985. His work deals with the relationship of drawing to mechanically produced and projected images (in this case images of trees made by Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, here scratched into an encaustic ground). His work has been exhibited widely in Canada, the USA and the UK. He teaches painting and drawing at the University of Guelph. // Curriculum Vitae // Artist Statement

Felice Koenig graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with an MFA in 2003. Her work is a meditation on obsessive gesture. Each piece is made from more than a hundred layers of paint, producing seductive, tactile surfaces that despite their artificial nature achieve a sense of organic growth.  Her work has been shown widely in the USA and internationally in Germany, China, and Canada.  Three of her works were recently purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.  She teaches painting and drawing at Daemen College. // Curriculum Vitae // Artist Statement