August Vollbrecht employs her own catalogue of drawing gestures and symbols to create painterly, organic shapes and loosely totemic forms. The lexicon of symbols and gestures in the works oscillate - they function as mental containers of materiality by referring to ideas of another, while inherently dissolving boundaries between themselves as glyphs and the "other." The development of singular icons subtly vibrate in opposition to, and sometimes reoccurring often hybrid gestures. Each signifiers adaptability determines its possible significance in the works, evolving a language that negotiates its reality with that of the viewer's.
The term "outside bones" suggests open vessels, structures of containment still penetrable by that which is beyond. Initial marks evolve into multiple versions of themselves creating hybrids, sometimes pushing beyond their original containers. In these paintings on unstretched canvases, the resulting symbioses generates an economy of freedom. Enigmatic yet familiar shapes prevail - as underpainting, overpainting, or areas of raw canvas - from the prepotency of disciplined, turbulent "bones". The paintings operate on the carefully balanced tensions generated between attraction and repulsion, toward the varying modes of production and consumption of paintings today.
1-6pm Saturday, 18 November 2017
1-6pm Sunday, 19 November 2017
by appointment through 15 December 2017
2, 3 to Park Place
A, C to Chambers Street
E to World Trade Center
R,W to City Hall