"August Geometries" at Marcia Wood Gallery

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Atlanta in August is a bit hot for my Northeast sensibility, but when my longtime gallerist and friend, Marcia Wood, decided pretty much at the last minute to organize a show centered on geometric abstraction at her gallery, I was there. Drawing from her roster as well as some invited artists, Wood put together a fabulous show in her new midtown space. I'm in the show, so this is not a review or even a report, but a Walk-Through--a visual visit to the exhibition, which is up through September 5.

Panoramic view shot from the center of the gallery looking toward the entrance
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With the entrance at my left shoulder and the office at my back, I'm going to take you on a clockwise tour of this front gallery and then of the large middle gallery, and then of a cozy back gallery.
From left: Scott Eakin; on right wall: Justin Rabideau, Jeff Conefry, Kevin Finklea.

Scott Eakin, Broken Color Series #18, acrylic on panel

Justin Rabideau, Filling in the Blanks, salvaged wood shims and plaster

Jeff Conefry, Untitled "Support", acrylic and panel

Kevin Finklea, Free Falling Divisions #18, poplar-clad poplar on birch veneer

We're in the middle gallery now, looking toward the front. That's Scott Eakin's painting in the distance. Here from left: Clark Derbes, Finklea, Frances Barth, Conefry

Clark Derbes, Hunter, carved and polychromed elm

Continuing along that first long wall: Finklea, Barth, Conefry, Mary Judge, Richard Harris

Kevin Finklea, Geary Street, acrylic on sapelle

Jeff Conefry, Untitled "Flat"

Mary Judge, Dorrie Deco II, oil on canvas
Detail below

Clark Derbes carved and polychromed elm sculpture, Aldous, with Harris, Finklea and Derbes on the wall behind

Kevin Finklea, For the Will of Persephone #2, acrylic on Baltic plywood

Clark Derbes, Gregory, carved and polychromed silver maple

Stepping back to see two additional pieces, described below:

Clark Derbes, Moses, carved and polychromed maple

Duncan Johnson, Tusk, wood

Jeff Conefry, Untitled, acrylic

With Derbes's totemic Aldous in the foreground  (and note the color shift in this different view), we turn to the third wall of the main gallery . . .

Scott Eakin, Justin Rabidean, Joanne Mattera

Moving into the corner . . .

Joanne Mattera, Bask, encaustic on panel (triptych) and . . .

. . . Chromatic Geometry 6, encaustic on panel

We're now facing the fourth wall of the gallery 

Gudrun Mertes-Frady, High Wire, oil and metallic pigments on linen
(I shot it from an angle so that you can see the metallic shimmer of the line)

Before we exit the gallery we're going to do an about face and walk to the back gallery . . .

. . . where we see the work of Richard Harris, Tom Flowers, Justin Rabideau, Duncan Johnson, and Scott Eakin

Justin Rabideau, Shim #7

We're walking back out. I put this panorama in because I love the way it shows the space, as well as the placement and scale of the work
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In the office: Eakin, Derbes, Conefry

Jeff Conefry, Two Stripe, acrylic and linen on panel

Bearing in mind that this is a Walk-Through and not a review, allow me nevertheless to offer a few comments.The revival of geometric abstraction--or perhaps just the continued long life of this particular mode of expression--is allowed a good deal of latitude in Wood's selections. There's a strong sense of materiality in many of the works.

As a participant and viewer, I can say that I appreciate the finely crafted and finished, with Kevin Finklea's sculptures a prime exponent; the handcrafted with a strong sense of the hand, as Clark Derbes's and Duncan Johnson's work demonstrate; and the strong provisional sensibility, as evidenced in the work of Jeff Conefry and Justin Rabideau. Wood has selected paintings that are more generally precise in their angles and curves, but Frances Barth's abstraction evinces a more organic rigor, and I must thank Wood for suggesting we bring out a large triptych of mine from storage in which intuition rather than measurement was the guiding force.

And did I mention that I love the title of the show? Its not just a late-summer exhibition but one in which geometric abstraction is celebrated, maybe even exalted.

More info on the gallery website and Facebook page.  

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