Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition by Carl Andre, Melissa Kretschmer, Mary Obering, Doug Ohlson, Wednesday 31 May 2006 at 7.30 pm, in the presence of the artists.
Four Americans to show their culture through the stylistic approach that characterized the strong detachment of American visual arts from the European tradition in the 1960s. The lack of a precise definition of Minimal Art, both from a theoretical and an aesthetic point of view, allows artists to take the characteristics of this "movement" to a common root: the reduced formal vocabulary, serial, non-relational composition techniques, the use of industrially manufactured materials or industrial production processes.
Carl Andre [1935 Quincy (MA)] is considered with Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Sol Lewitt one of the greatest exponents of Minimal Art. He differentiated himself from the artists of his generation for his interest in 'sculpture as a place'. For the first time the structures become void of volume; the slabs are placed on the floor, avoiding the problem of the hierarchy of vision and often involving the entire surface. The sculptures are arranged to form geometric figures, deliberately devoid of symbolic or expressionist references, on which the spectators can and must walk. It uses as materials: wood or pure metals such as aluminum, iron, zinc, copper or lead, used for their physical properties of colour, ability to reflect light, texture and weight, abandoning the finishes and traditional techniques of sculpture.
Melissa Kretschmer [Santa Monica, 1962] uses materials such as glass, wax, tar and ink for her works, choosing them for their properties of fragility, liquidity or transparency. The essence of Melissa Kretschmer's research is the relationship between matter and light, that is "how and how much light does matter reveal and how and how much matter does light reveal". While changing physical state and shape, glass and waxes are captured in rigorous geometric formats, perfect at a glance, but marked by widespread micro imperfections.
Mary Obering [1937, Louisiana]. The recent works are a hybrid of painting and sculpture and offer in a fascinating way a variegated vocabulary of forms, placing themselves between the American minimalism of Donald Judd or Sol LeWitt. But observing the works of Obering, the effect produced by the painting is similar to that of an ancient polychrome alabaster, it seems both precious and synthetic: thus becoming captivating the play of light on the contrasting matt and glossy surfaces, and the geometric grid in the which the backgrounds are inserted.
Doug Ohlson [1936, Cherokee], a contemporary of Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and Hans Hoffmann, in his works addresses the relationship with modern abstractionism, minimalism and pure color. Ohlson's paintings are the expression of the systematic order treated in a delicate balance. His vocabulary is elementary - color, gradation, shape, surface, line - and this simplicity is part of his universal approach to art.