GREGORY HAYES & ANNE RUSSINOF

Disposition

November 21, 2013 – January 3, 2014

6th Amalgamation (detail)

Gregory Hayes

6th Amalgamation (detail)

2013

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

6th Amalgamation

Gregory Hayes

6th Amalgamation

2013

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

5th Amalgamation

Gregory Hayes

5th Amalgamation

2012

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

1st Amalgamation

Gregory Hayes

1st Amalgamation

2012

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

 

Ripple Effect

Anne Russinof

Ripple Effect

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 inches

Red Line, Green Line

Anne Russinof

Red Line, Green Line

2013

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30 inches

Sediment

Anne Russinof

Sediment

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30 inches

Press Release

“Painting – one of the most conventional of disciplines – is ultimately one of the
most experimental, exhilarating, and enduring of all media.” – Gregory Hayes
 
“The conversation in my work is between gesture and the painting process itself,
and an idiosyncratic order created by line and form.” – Anne Russinof
 

BLANK SPACE is pleased to present Disposition, a duo exhibition featuring the works of Gregory Hayes and Anne Russinof. These two artists celebrate spatial and temporal notions of painting. They examine the relationship between the chance and the control through the process of composing line, color, and structure. Hayes uses a methodical and systematic process based on the concept of “brushless” painting, while Russinof fully embraces her spontaneous and emotionally charged brushstrokes as well as her “loose grid.” Both artists succeed in creating a pictorial complexity and gestural texture that speak beyond its supposed manifestation of the act of pure creation.  
 
Hayes’ work seems digitalized or computerized from a distance due to his meticulous technique and mark making. In his “Amalgamation” series, the paint is loaded into a dropper several colors at a time and then released onto the surface of the canvas. As the paint flows through the dropper, colors mix and form swirling convex drips that create a field of resonating color and complex spatial structures. Exposing the paint’s natural ability to form shapes and patterns on its own on the surface of the canvas, Hayes uses paint to create a multi-dimensional space and kaleidoscopic like texture that challenges the viewer’s perception.

 

Russinof has always been interested in combining an expressionist tendency with a relatively minimalist appreciation of structure. The title Haiku refers to a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. In Russinof’s Haiku, the artist re-interprets nature by creating an order of her own through her intuitive process of painterly construction and deliberate positioning of her layers and spaces. Her work conveys a modern, refined elegance and vibrancy that resonate and counter-resonate with the energy and roughness of her brushstrokes.  
 
Gregory Hayes works and lives in Brooklyn. He has received his BFA in painting at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and his MFA at Brooklyn College in 2011. His work has been exhibited in many exhibitions in the United States and art fairs internationally including Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado and SCOPE Basel.  
 
Anne Russinof works and lives in Brooklyn and is currently represented by BLANK SPACE. Having received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Pratt Institute, her work has exhibited in many galleries and universities. She has been a resident at the Yaddo and Millay Art Colonies.