Kate Bonner, Lauren Clay, Sean Talley & Rachel Eulena Williams
Opening, Saturday, June 10th, 4 - 7 PM
On view through August 16th by appointment
Staccato finds Zadie Smith’s description of “pure cinema” in works by Kate Bonner, Lauren Clay, Sean Talley, and Rachel Eulena Williams: an “interplay of light and dark, expressed as a kind of rhythm, over time.”* The artists’ lines are woven together in a delicate dance of material structure and dynamic color. Elements of their daily life are translated into truncated notes and scrawling lines, creating dense histories of space in self-contained works.
Kate Bonner manipulates photographs by cutting, folding, scanning, and photoshopping them—thus removing the significance of place and time from her reference imagery. The resulting compositions are printed on machine-cut MDF which she assembles into bisecting planes of wood. The blend of imagery, abstraction, and negative space creates beguiling architectural depth.
Lauren Clay’s monochromatic, geometric sculptures are a more direct reflection of her persona and interests. Her most recent works are embodiments of yogic asana (physical postures)— autonomous objects whose lyricism & subtlety depart from the direct linearity of modernist masculine structures.
Sean Talley’s drawings and sculptures (both in clay and steel) are artifacts of a digital fascination. The consistency of the strokes, hard lined edges, and symbols reminiscent of computer gaming. Like a musical score, Talley's marks are but abstract symbols, dots and lines. The artist's deft use of composition informs context and meaning.
Rachel Eulena Williams’ intricate structures of rope and cut, painted canvas are flowing abstractions. She copies handwritten signage around New York City into her paintings as a means of connecting to community and honoring a dying art form. Though often illegible, or barely discernible as text in her finished work, the symbols of language and the arced shapes of her cut canvases lend a phonetic relationship to the figures, sound sans words.
*Zadie Smith, Swing Time (New York: Penguin Press, 2016), 3.
Kate Bonner received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012. She lives and works in Oakland, CA. In 2013, Bonner was included in NextNewCA, a survey of select California MFA graduates at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She has exhibited at San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Torrance Art Museum, The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, Luis De Jesus Gallery, Et al Gallery, Queens Nails, The Popular Workshop, Important Projects, Paris Photo LA, NADA New York, The Hole, NY and LV3, Chicago, among others. She is represented by Luis De Jesus in Los Angeles and Et. al. in San Francisco.
Lauren Clay (b. 1982, Mississippi) lives and works in Brooklyn. She recently completed a large site-specific installation for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Other solo exhibits include installations at Grounds for Sculpture, NJ; Savannah College of Art and Design; Larissa Goldston Gallery, NY; and Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta. Recent group exhibitions include Monochromatic at Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY; Shroom Show at Helper Gallery, Brooklyn; Drawing for Sculpture at TSA New York; and Quite Fairly Rather at Topless Gallery, New York. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Bomb Magazine, and Art in America.
Sean Talley (b. Modesto, California, December 23, 1980) is an artist living in Berkeley, California. His non-representational works are formally simplistic with an emphasis on unassuming materials and refined processes. His artwork has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, Et al. Gallery, Important Projects, Jancar Jones Gallery, Moroso Projects, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Talley received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rachel Eulena Williams (b. 1991, Miami, FL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Cooper Union. Past exhibitions include Bluets at Burning in Water (New York), Dreams come true at Sleep Center (New York); Epizootics at DTCV Firehouse (New York); and Dog Show at Center Street (New York). She completed a residency at the NY Studio Factory in Brooklyn.