Two forthcoming solo exhibitions at Stuart Shave/Modern Art

Stuart Shave/Modern Art is delighted to announce two forthcoming solo exhibitions:

Tim Gardner

and

Paul Lee

Private view: Wednesday 17 November, 6 – 8pm. Exhibition dates: 18 November – 18 December 2010

watercolour 45.7 x 61 cm 18 x 24 ins Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and 303 Gallery, New York

Tim Gardner

Stuart Shave/Modern Art is pleased to present a new exhibition of work by Tim Gardner. This exhibition is Gardner’s third solo show with Modern Art, and will be his first exhibition in London for three years – since his solo show at the National Gallery in 2007.

Tim Gardner’s intimately scaled photo-realistic watercolours describe an intense air of naturalistic ease. His paintings unerringly and precisely communicate a deeply felt sense of distinctly ‘middle’ America. Gardner steadily maintains a careful and sincere approach to landscape and figuration. He has sensitivity for his chosen medium that betrays a personal and emotional connection to his subject matter – expressing an emotive condition from the perspective of one who belongs to the world recorded and communicated in his work.

watercolour on paper 48.3 x 74.9 cm 19 x 29 1/2 ins Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and 303 Gallery, New York

The paintings in this show offer profoundly innocent vignettes, painted from photographs taken by the artist during years spent living in Los Angeles and on Vancouver Island. These paintings describe unremarkable lives seen within landscape, lives subconsciously resigned to the steadfast encroachment of their built environment upon hitherto natural wilderness. Gardner’s paintings focus on the middle-distance: a space where his subject becomes at-once a candid meditation on suburban lifestyle and a situational awareness of the effects of the ongoing inhabitation of landscape. The tensions in Gardner’s work are of the awareness of slight conditions: ease and unease, desperation and longing, complacency and discontent.

watercolour on paper 45.7 x 61 cm 18 x 24 ins Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and 303 Gallery, New York

Tim Gardner was born in Iowa City, USA in 1973, and lives and works in Black Creek, Canada. Gardner graduated MFA from Columbia University, New York, USA (1999), and BFA from the University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada (1996). Recent solo museum exhibitions include Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2009); the National Gallery, London (2007); and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, USA (2005). Tim Gardner’s work has been included in museum shows Attention to Detail, Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA (2008), New Work: Tim Gardner, Marcelino Goncalves, Zak Smith, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (2006); Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Masculinity in Contemporary Art, curated by Shamim Momin, The Salina Art Center, Salina, USA touring to Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, USA and Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA (2005); Painting On The Move, curated by Peter Pakesch, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2002); and Here is There 2, Secession, Vienna, Austria (2002).

Paul Lee

Stuart Shave/Modern Art is delighted to announce a new exhibition of work by Paul Lee. This will be the artist’s first solo show in Britain, and his first with Modern Art.

Acrylic paint on tambourine, bass wood 29.5 x 28 x 4.5cm 11 1/2 x 11 x 1 3/4 ins Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Paul Lee’s work is reticent and humble, born of a relationship between particular material forms and suggestive, unspoken narratives. His material selections commonly stand for a suggestion of interface between a person and the world: tactile objects that frequently associate with the facilitation of action and that are themselves activated by human contact. Towels, washcloths, and tambourines characteristically find their way into Lee’s work – objects that with slight manipulation and reconfiguration openly bear their material identities, yet as presented to us, become comprehensible only as sculpture or painting.

Lee’s vocabulary of forms approaches the style of a language, in which his thinking and phraseology stems from the processes of making, doing, and relentlessly working at a particular set of thematic ideas and evocative forms. The dynamic of his interrelationships is associative, rhyming and rhythmic, literal and concrete.

This exhibition at Modern Art presents a group of wall-based works derived from towels and tambourines. Towels, Lee’s foremost raw material, are worked by hand, dyed, painted, cut and reconstructed. His towel works exist in variant sets of forms: loosely referred to by the artist as ‘solids’, ‘negatives’ and other seemingly literal descriptions. These pieces all in some way propose and delineate an atmosphere of pictorial space. His tambourines are painted on and partially squared-up with small built extensions. Lee’s use of shape and flat even planes of colour recalls the visualidentity of modern or geometric formal abstraction, but only in the sense that that association is already-there in the world. They come to be more by way of an exercise in allusion and tactile experience than as the illustration of style or concept. Muted and displaced, Lee re-forms and re-establishes these materials as aesthetic devices that express the possibility of extruding narrative and decoding meaning.

Bath towels, cotton thread, ink 288 x 108cm 113.4 x 42 1/2 ins Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Paul Lee was born in London in 1974, and currently lives and works in New York. Paul Lee was artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, USA, in 2007, and graduated from Winchester School of Art, England, in 1997. Recent solo exhibitions include Lavender, Maccarone, New York, USA (2010); Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA / Berlin, Germany (both 2008); and Chinati Foundation, Marfa, USA (2007) Paul Lee’s work was included in the exhibitions Everynight, I go to sleep, Modern Art, London (2010); Parallel, Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA (2009); Between Beach Ball and Rubber Raft, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (2009); Eliminate curated by John Waters, Alberta Merola Gallery, Provincetown, USA (2007); and The name of this show is not Gay Art Now, curated by Jack Pierson at Paul Kasmin, New York, USA (2006).

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