Simon Preston Gallery is delighted to present a summer group exhibition of painting, sculpture and works on paper by Nick Goss, Zak Prekop and Patricia Treib. The exhibition opens on 12th June and runs until 2nd August, 2014. The works in the exhibition are brought together by a use of sculptural form in both painting and cast objects. Through diverse processes of constructing and dismantling pictorial space, the works allude to one another in building a visual assemblage of oscillating forms.
Nick Goss combines a painting with a table of totemic sculptures, providing a shift from pictorial to sculptural space. The plaster figures are cast from elaborately folded wooden models of characters derived from a troupe of human/animal hybrid figures from Wim Wender’s romantic fantasy Wings of Desire. They appear, in this instance, to have been excavated from the canvas, which now contains only faint indications and fragments of eroded architectural space. Both the painting and sculptures take on a mythological quality, and occupy a liminal space between the real and remembered.
Zak Prekop exhibits three paintings that continue his on-going exploration of pictorial language. Employing intricate sets of rules in order to apply multiple layers to the canvas, Prekop builds subtle transparency and voids, utilising each canvas to varying depths. In Two Grids, Prekop rigorously paints layered patterns, constantly shifting the viewer between fields of perception. In Transparency with drawing, semi transparent marks reveal themselves though the canvas – implicating the materiality of the surface. In a process of collapsing and unfolding of optical fields the paintings become a record of decisions, processes and acts of viewing.
Patricia Treib includes both a work on canvas and accompanying works on paper. Using diverse visual sources as catalysts to generate imagery, Treib focuses on the peripheral areas of these sources as a means to extract new relationships. Working with a process of repetition in order to apply layers of remove from the original image, the once recognizable outline of a sleeve or robe becomes an isolated bold gesture, with an assured economy of means and an exuberant sense of movement commanding attention. Evoking sculptural language through colourful intimations, Treib shifts attention to the negative spaces between forms, making in-betweeness a primary motif.
Nick Goss (b. 1981) currently lives and works in London. He studied at the Slade, University College, London and completed his MFA at the Royal Academy Schools, London, 2009. Previous solo exhibitions include Like Pineapples in a Green House, Simon Preston Gallery, New York, 2013; Tin Drum, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, 2012;. Other recent presentations include Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London, 2013; Forward Thinking, Horatio Jr. Gallery, Rotherhithe, London, 2013; Never Ever Ever Land, Anna Kustera, New York, 2012; NEWSPEAK: British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2010 and Saatchi New Sensations in October 2009.
Zak Prekop (b. 1979) currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt, 2009, completed his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2008, and received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 2001. Solo exhibitions include Zak Prekop, Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, 2014; Zak Prekop, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, 2013; and Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, 2012; Harris Liberman Gallery, New York, 2012; Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, 2010; Other recent exhibitions include Long Instant Short Hour, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, 2013; and Painter, Painter, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2013. Upcoming exhibitions include Hagiwara Projects, Tokyo (Oct, 2014); and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (Oct, 2014).
Patricia Treib (b. 1979) currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She completed her MFA at Columbia University, New York, 2006, and received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001. Solo exhibitions include Patricia Treib, Wallspace, New York, 2013; Pieces, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, 2012; and Patricia Treib, Golden Gallery, Chicago, 2010. Other recent presentations include No Ground But Say Ground, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, New York, 2014; Artist In Residence Biennial, Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014; Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan, 2014; and Modern Talking, Cluj Museum, Cluj, Romania, 2012. Treib was a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow and will have a residency at the Dora Maar House, in Ménerbes, France, in 2014.