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"Gordon Terry: Black Holes, Bohemians, Colonials and Boudoirs
2002-05-16 until 2002-06-29
The works to be presented at g-module represent interrelated strains of Terry’s project. Paintings are acrylic on acrylic -- either acrylic paint poured and manipulated and then stretched over acrylic stretcher bars without any supporting canvas, or biomorphic forms or text of acrylic paint arranged on solid acrylic panels. The recent drawings are "Idealized Settings" of rococo interiors and American colonial dwellings -- often cell vinyl and acrylic on Chromekote paper framed in Plexiglas casings designed by the artist.
The title piece of Terry’s exhibition, Black Holes, Bohemians, Colonials, and Boudoirs (var.1), -- a panel of solid black acrylic onto which are arranged and adhered scores of shapes of poured acrylic paint of varying hues, sizes and translucencies -- signals the artist’s aesthetic and conceptual concerns in both form and title. This painting offer’s rows and columns of individual small "paintings" each carefully made elsewhere before being affixed. These small poured pieces may look like renderings of star systems or perhaps brains or even exuberant, abstract paintings. The work addresses the "wow" of the perfect pop culture moment or even the thrill of a sci-fi acolyte discovering the ultimate airbrushed nebula.
Terry has referred to his work as "decadent modernism." Under this rubric he may offer depictions, as in the drawings, of the Neuschwanstein Castle, humble American colonial structures of the state of Delaware, modernist interiors and furniture. Or, as in the paintings, he may present work about 19th century bohemia, science fiction, the turn of the century avant-garde, minimalism and even his own genealogy back to the Revolutionary War. Inherent in his project is the contradiction between the wonder that can be created in pursuit of an ideal and the inexorable march towards failure that is utopian longing.
Gordon Terry lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and New York University. He has shown internationally and has had several solo exhibitions in New York City.
Idealized Setting (The Aranjuez Palace), 2002
Vinyl Cells and Acrylic on Paper
50 x 66 cm (20 x 26 inches)