STANFORD KAY

Solo Exhibition

January 6 - February 4, 2011

Stanford Kay

Small Press #2

2010

Acrylic on canvas

11 x 14 inches

Stanford Kay

Step by Step

2010

Acrylic on canvas

12 x 12 inches

Box #1

Stanford Kay

Box #1

2008

Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16 inches

 

My Back Pages (Blue)

Stanford Kay

My Back Pages (Blue)

2009

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 36 inches

Press Release

BLANK SPACE is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the paintings of Stanford Kay. As an artist whose work asks the viewer to fill in the details, Kay’s paintings suggest the start of the “conversation” with the viewer -- about the books and the painting itself -- but do not force or direct any details from the viewer’s “reply”.
 
In his view, Kay views his process as starting with paint and desire. Paint is applied, removed, and applied again. It makes suggestions, to which he usually takes and then edits. The resulting image and the need to assign and relate significance comes later. Books as images within these paintings offer formal modernist possibilities while also serving as an embodiment of content.   
 
Both paintings and books are vessels for ideas, experience, and memory. A book requires the reader to assemble images and ideas from the signs and symbols on its pages, likewise a painting asks the viewer to translate its strokes and drips into reason and emotion. Kay’s paintings ask the viewer to express his or her own ideas and opinions on what these books are, who they belong to, where they are located, why they are featured, and the emotions they evoke within the viewer.

 

These voyeuristic moments the paintings encourage, bring the viewer closer to the subject. Whether stacked in piles, standing upright on a bookshelf, or packed together within a space -- Kay’s books and bookshelves draw you closer. “Her Story” at first appears to be an unsteady pile of books, about to topple -- or perhaps not move at all because it is well-stacked and balanced. Surrounding a set of books with a seemingly confined geometric shape, like in “Step by Step”, “Pile Up” or “Box 1”, Kay fills that space and perhaps suggests it is not confining at all. For example, “Small Press (Blue)”, “My Back Pages (The Birth and Death of Pictorial Space)” and “Blues Section” in particular, do not give the viewer a single place to rest one’s eye, thereby encouraging the viewer to continue to wonder and daydream with the painting leading on.
 
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Kay received his BFA from Pratt Institute and received a fellowship from the Whitney Museum of American Art and grants from a number of organizations, including The Puffin Foundation, The Gunk Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has been featured extensively throughout New York City and the surrounding areas in both solo and group exhibitions. Kay’s most recent shows included Wally Workman Gallery (Austin, TX) and Van Brunt Gallery (Beacon, NY). He has also been featured in various articles, including NY Arts Magazine and Culture Catch.