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"Project Room: Quentin Curry"
2006-06-28 until 2006-08-05
Kantor / Feuer Gallery
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

Kantor/Feuer Gallery is pleased to announce, "A Tree is Falling," the first Los Angeles solo exhibition for New York based artist Benjamin Degen. In these new paintings Degen isolates the basic elements of visual representation: people, places, things and thoughts.  The individual components are stripped of specific identities and reconstituted in compositions that can simultaneously function as portraiture, landscape, still life and diagram. In doing so Degen creates a meta-space in the picture, which is not fixed in place but rather can shift from human space to land space to thought space.  

In “Lies and Abstraction” an opened newspaper rests on a hardwood floor. This paper written in both numbers and letters become illegible and is seen not only as text, but also as a diagram and a landscape.  The focus of the piece does not lie in the meaning of the words on the paper; it becomes the form of the paper itself, the ambiguity of the letters, and the grain of the wood it is placed on.  Not quite Cyrillic and not quite Latin, the viewer notices the contours of the letters, yet still realizes the object as a newspaper.

Benjamin Degen was born in 1976 in Brooklyn, New York.  He received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and Science in 1998, and also obtained a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship in 1997.  Degen has had a solo exhibition at Guild & Greyshkul in New York and was featured in Greater New York at PS1 Contemporary Art Center.

Quentin Curry paints images of the aftermath of everyday disasters.  Using sentimental image, his paintings provide a deeply layered, apocalyptic vision of a not too distant future (or past).  His works shift in palate and surface quickly. The paintings face are often dominated by a thick and grainy texture made by applying pigment to the painting through the weave of various fabrics.   His use of the weave can also be seen in his compositions, which bring together often-dispart scenes and characters to create his subjects.

Born in 1972, Quentin Curry received his education at Bard College in New York and The San Francisco Art Institute. He will be featured in upcoming group shows at Stellan Holm Gallery and Stephen Stux in New York as well as Kavi Gupta in Chicago. He also has a scheduled solo show in 2007 with Stellan Holm Gallery. Curry lives and works in New York.

The exhibition opens June 29th and will run through August 5th, 2006.

Side A
60 x 84 inches

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