PUSH & PULL
Amanda M. York, curator
A group exhibition of SCAD faculty and alumni artwork. The exhibition is a playful reinterpretation of Hans Hofmann’s push and pull, which describes how a combination of light, color contrast, texture and shape can create visual tension that suggests depth and motion on a flat surface.
Throughout the exhibition, the term push and pull is used theoretically, as the artists draw colors and shapes from sources as widespread as contemporary signage and antique porcelain, and literally, where pigment is pushed through a printmaking screen and balloons pull against their tethers. The featured artists work across media such as sculpture, printmaking, painting, ceramics and installation in an exploration of appropriation, abstraction and process.
Push and Pull features SCAD Atlanta foundation studies professor Marcia Cohen’s “Summer Reading” series of abstract compositions on shaped canvases; SCAD Atlanta painting program coordinator Tom Francis’ gestural text-based paintings; and SCAD Savannah ceramics program coordinator Yves Paquette’s reinterpretations of the shapes and color of antique French Sèvres porcelain in his “L’hiver bleu” series of ceramic sculptures. Process is emphasized in the works of SCAD alumni Elmer Ramos (M.F.A. painting, B.F.A. illustration) and Brandon Woods (M.F.A. writing, M.F.A. painting), who meld painting, printmaking and digital practices in vastly different ways. Works created specifically for the Gutstein Gallery will also be on display, including installations by SCAD alumna Cory Imig (B.F.A. fibers) that incorporate balloons, tape and paint, and are designed to change over the course of the exhibition.