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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Martin Kline: Monochrome
October 23 - November 29, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 23, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Jason McCoy Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of monochromatic paintings and a selection of sculptures by New York based artist Martin Kline. Over the past two decades, Kline has developed a unique visual language that is equally inspired by nature and abstraction. In this exhibition, he explores how the concentration on one color, its value and nuance, can be used as a means to express a wide variety of emotions and intentions. While the inherent aesthetic relates to such 20th Century Abstractionists as the Russian Suprematist Kasimir Malevich, the German Group Zero artists, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, or the late Ad Reinhardt for example, Kline offers his own contemporary outlook. Having developed a technique that evokes textures found in nature, he creates an unusual mélange of organic forms and elegant abstractions.
In her catalogue essay that accompanies this exhibition, Nan Rosenthal, formerly the Senior Consultant for Modern and Contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which owns two of Kline's works, states: "When I first saw Kline's stunning encaustic monochromes I was immediately reminded of the European work made shortly before he was born. But this context was not Kline's source... He worked out his reliefs in a variety of campaigns of hot wax dripped or painted from a brush, sometimes from one direction, sometimes from all sides, often on supports that are square or nearly so..." The heavily textured surfaces that characterize Kline's paintings are replicated in his bronze and steel sculptures that are cast through the lost wax process. They are maintaining the naturalistic quality by allowing the "growths" to emerge from unusual supports, such as casts taken from tree trunks, branches, baseball bats or canvases. In 2004, Kline's work was exhibited in the critically acclaimed "Monochromes, from Malevich to the Present," a comprehensive survey curated by Barbara Rose for the Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Born in 1961, Martin Kline has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. In 2007, he had a solo exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, in Milwaukee. He lives and works in New York City and Rhinebeck, New York. His works can be found in many museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Kennedy Museum, Ohio University, Athens, OH; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, owns two of Martin Kline's monochrome paintings.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Nan Rosenthal will accompany this exhibition.
Stephanie B. Simmons
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