September 19-22, 2013
SHANNON FINLEY’S RHOMBUSES, RAYS AND ORBS
For EXPO Chicago, Jessica Silverman Gallery will exhibit a series of large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Berlin-based artist, Shannon Finley.
Shannon Finley composes his paintings using digital imaging software, then masks the canvas with tape and applies a paint made from acrylic and clear gel with industrial palette knives. He applies 20-30 layers of paint, creating subtle variations in texture and finish, adding nuance to the already complex compositions.
Finley’s paintings are in dialogue with the history of abstraction from the Futurists to Gerhard Richter and Sarah Morris. Although they reference the past, they point to the future in the perfection of their compositions and the perplexing quality of their surfaces, which appear like plastic or colored glass as much as paint.
For this new body of work, Finley has made hand-silkscreened, floor-to-ceiling, black-and-white wallpaper in black and white to act as a backdrop for the colorful angles and curves of his paintings.
Shannon Finley (b. 1974) received his BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Boston and San Francisco. He recently had a solo exhibition in Munich at Walter Storms Galerie and he has one upcoming at Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery in Brussels.