Jim Zellinger, whose work I first saw in 2007 at The New School, is in an upcoming two-person show at GoNorth in Beacon, NY. At The New School, he presented a single acrylic on canvas painting of a semi-trailer set against a brightly colored background; and his paintings at GoNorth continue this theme.
While the semi-trailer evokes industrial scenes that are very familiar to me, Zellinger’s typological treatment and relative abstraction of the form tend to inhibit any cursory judgment. He elevates the ordinary industrial subject matter for aesthetic contemplation on its own terms and in comparative relation to other images in the series, a strategy perhaps informed by the photographic work of Bernd and Hilla Bescher. I look forward to seeing more of his work at the opening next week, while also taking in Frederic Church’s Olana and Dia Beacon enroute.
Press Release from GoNorth
GONORTH – a space for contemporary art
Kirsten Nash / Jim Zellinger
October 11 – November 2, 2008
Reception: Saturday, October 11, 6 – 9 pm.
GO NORTH is pleased to present our two person exhibition of paintings by Kirsten Nash and Jim Zellinger. The exhibition runs from October 11, to November 2, 2008. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 6 – 9 pm.
Kirsten Nash began painting her landscapes several years ago while spending a lot of time in the Hudson Valley. Wanting to acknowledge the importance of the area’s history within American painting, she found inspiration in 1970’s American landscape photography, especially Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places.
The suburbanized landscape, specifically shopping mall parking lots, seemed the perfect reflection of our time. Familiar, generic, and loaded with cultural significance, this archetype of a contemporary environment served as a starting point for Nash’s exploration of the dialogue between image and abstraction. References to abstraction and process echo the collision of the natural and artificial.
Jim Zellinger’s work rests heavily on his Midwestern upbringing, which has left a significant mark on his character and interpretation of the world around him. Zellinger is constantly comparing the common threads, rituals, customs and personality of his home with wherever he lives. In his most recent series of paintings, Zellinger draws on his experience to capture a Midwestern constant, the semi-trailer. Eliminating the noise and placing the semi center on unmarked fields. The semi trailers are neither anchored nor glorified. The icons of the central United States, their position in theme and tradition, are the foundations of his work.
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