MMG Artists in “The Coded Image”

Recent works by gallery artists Josh Azzarella, Penelope Umbrico, and Stephanie Washburn are currently on view at Biola University‘s Earl and Virginia Green Art Gallery.

Says curator Jeff Rau:

“The Coded Image” features five artists wrestling with the increasing instability of images in the present information age. The distribution of electronic content inherently involves a destructive/reconstructive process that challenges the perceived stability and continuity that were early dinstinctives of photography. By employing a variety of innovative photographic, video, and new media techniques, these artists offer fresh perspectives on the heavily mediated and abstract nature of these information-images.

The exhibition will remain on view through March 26, 2015. For information about the featured artists or available works, please email


Josh Azzarella Acquired by Akron Art Museum

The gallery is pleased to announce that the Akron Art Museum recently acquired three prints by gallery artist Josh Azzarella for its permanent collection, including Untitled #13, Untitled #39, and Untitled #33.

The museum has continued to enrich the lives of those in Northeast Ohio and beyond through modern and contemporary art. Its nationally recognized collection of more than 5,000 objects was documented through the publication of collection catalogues. Three acquisitions endowments were created to ensure the collection’s future growth. A greatly enlarged general endowment provided increased, more stable funding, allowing the staff to undertake ambitious programs and exhibitions with national and even international impact. In 2007, its eighty-fifth year, the museum more than tripled in size with the opening of the new John S. and James L. Knight Building, which adjoins the 1899 building. Spanning three centuries, like the museum’s collection, together they symbolize the museum’s dual role as preserver of the past and herald of the future.

Josh Azzarella (b. 1978, Ohio) creates videos and photographs that explore the power of context in the authorship of memory, oftentimes utilizing seminal moments in pop culture and news media to create accessible confrontations with historiography. By illuminating the individual encounter with communal experiences, Azzarella evaluates the perception of realness – which can ultimately be rooted in both the fantastic as much as the pragmatic.

Azzarella was the recipient of the 2006 Emerging Artist Award and related solo exhibition from The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT). He has previously shown at the California Museum of Photography (CA), University Art Museum, Long Beach (CA), Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada), Kavi Gupta Gallery (IL), Academie der Kunste (Berlin), Sean Kelly Gallery (NY), Catharine Clark Gallery (CA), Mississippi State University (MS), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA) and DCKT Gallery (NY). His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PA), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX), the San Diego Museum of Modern Art (CA), the Margulies Collection (FL), Western Bridge (WA) and JP Morgan Chase (NY). He lives and works in Easton, PA.

We congratulate Josh on this incredible milestone. For more information about the artist or available works, please email

Untitled #39

Ryan Wallace in “Altered States”

Gallery artist Ryan Wallace is included in the group exhibition, “Altered States,” which is currently on view at Galerie Jérôme Pauchant through April 4, 2015.

Says the gallery:

An approach that is both singular and collective brings together artists presented here. While visually very different, the exhibited works create a common language around the handling of the manufactured object and processing of organic materials. Their original use is diverted to disappear behind his own formal paradox desecration of art.
The intrusion of raw elements from the real (colored protective film for car glass, rubber bullets, palm leaves, inks cartridge printers or foil) joined this “perceptual approach to reality” dear to the New Realists, as well as the positioning of natural elements and “poor products” compositional elements in Arte Povera. This re-reading is part of a discourse of modernity and a language specific to the twenty-first century.

Also included in the exhibition are works by Graham Collins, Evan Robarts, January S. Hansen, and Niall McClelland.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email


Allison Schulnik in “Strange Plants II”

Gallery artist Allison Schulnik has works featured in “Strange Plants II,” the second book in a series that celebrates plants in contemporary art. Produced by Zioxla, the book features the work of 30 artists, including Schulnik, and explores what these artists think about plants and how they portray them in their work.

Says the publisher:

It includes viscous paintings of drooping flower arrangements; intuitive photographs of lily pads and lithe bodies; mixed-media collages that juxtapose the tranquility of Japanese Ikebana with the chaotic energy of vandalism; and much more. Editor Zio Baritaux brought together several artists who take a unique approach to incorporating plants into their work: Allison Schulnik, Misha Hollenbach, Francesca DiMattio, Zin Taylor, Katarina Janeckova, Stills & Strokes and Ren Hang. Schulnik, for example, used her own garden as a character in one of her short films; Stills & Strokes projected colors and geometric shapes onto the leaves of plants in botanical gardens; and DiMattio filled the sculptures in her exhibition with dramatic and unruly flowers.

“The aim of Strange Plants II is to continue the compelling conversations about how we perceive and interpret both the bizarre and beautiful sides of art and nature,” editor Zio Baritaux says. “Since the release of the first book, a community of like-minded, inquisitive and creative people has grown up around these conversations, and I hope this community will expand with the publication of this book.”

Strange Plants II was designed by Folch Studio, an award-winning design house in Barcelona. The book is 148 pages in length, and comes with eight adhesives so that readers can select their three favorite images and create their own unique covers.”

The book was recently featured on Oyster Magazine, to positive acclaim. “Strange Plants II” is available for pre-order now, and begins to ship on March 9. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

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Lester Monzon at MAINSITE Contemporary

Paintings by gallery artist Lester Monzon are currently on view at MAINSITE Contemporary (OK) in the group show, “Abstract Abstract.” Also featuring work by Josh Aster, Elise Dietrich, David Kelley, Chris Kuhn, Jacob Melchi, Ellen Moershel, Brad Stevens, Greta Svalberg, and Sungwon Yun, the show was curated by Tim Stark, and will remain on view through March 13, 2015. Says the gallery:

Abstraction is often thought of as the the movement that changed modernism through visually and physically breaking down the constructs of classical and early modernist art. It also responded to the rapidly developing world and changed the way in which people viewed and understood art and their surroundings. As a result, abstraction began to grow in popularity and size. Abstract paintings, not bound by the constraints typical of representational artwork, were only limited by the relative limitations of the paint and the surface being used. The trend of unbound abstraction, a perfect example of the modernist montra “art for art’s sake,” expanded throughout the duration of the modernist era and resulted in an almost fetishistic obsession with extra large scale works.
While most contemporary artists are no longer satisfied with making art simply for the sake of art, abstraction is still a major element in the contemporary art world. This is, in part, due to its inherent ability to directly respond to a constantly changing world and an ever more complicated human condition. In contemporary painting this focus on elements of culture as well as art history, medium, and surface has allowed abstraction to continue to evolve. One of the fantastic results of this evolution is abstraction’s return to the small scale painting.
Challenging by nature, small scale works offer the artists the ability to work quickly and decisively, while giving a focus on craft and detail that is rarely seen in extra large abstraction. They also give the viewer an intimate experience and a revealing look into the process and creation of the work. Abstract Abstract is an exhibition, displaying over 40 works by 11 artists from across the country, that serves to spotlight the breadth and depth of small scale abstraction in contemporary painting.

For more information about Lester Monzon, or available works by the artist, please email


David Maisel Lecture at Denver Art Museum

Tomorrow – Saturday, February 28, 2015, from  7-8:30pm – gallery artist David Maisel will give a lecture on his work at the Denver Art Museum. As part of the museum’s “Month of Photography” programming, the artist has been specially invited by the DAM Photography Department with support from the Cooke Daniels Fund and the Anderman Photography Lecture Series.

Says the museum:

David Maisel is notable for photographing the unseen and the unseeable. Both in his landscapes and in his recent work with objects, he entices the viewer through the use of abstraction and unreal color. 

Maisel’s photographs reveal a fascination with society’s mark on the terrain. He utilizes the aerial view to make clear the aesthetics of entropy by highlighting disjunctions between human and geologic time. Through framing, condensing space, and removing contextual references of foreground and background, he places emphasis on the forms and colors of water and earth that are the environmental consequence of industrializing nature.

While Maisel’s work is rooted in photography’s tradition of recording, the monumental scale and presentation of his prints also draw upon the language of abstract painting. Despite this visual correspondence, the work acts equally as a subversion of modernism as the inherent beauty of the often-horrific situations raises questions regarding the power of the sublime.
David Maisel was born in New York City in 1961 and lives and works in Sausalito, CA. A survey of his work, Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime, traveled to institutions including the CU Art Museum and University of New Mexico Art Museum in 2013-14. An associated monograph was released by Steidl in 2013.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 students with ID, $10 for DAM members and CPAC members, $15 general admission:

Ticketed with member discount. Purchase tickets online or call 720-913-0130. For additional details, e-mail

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Featured Works: Kim Rugg

The gallery is pleased to present new works by program artist Kim Rugg. These pieces can be viewed by visiting the gallery’s “Featured Works” page on the website.

In her most recent body of work – focusing primarily on global maps – Kim Rugg (b. 1963, Canada)  re-envisions the topography of various states, countries, continents, and even the world without borders, featuring a staggeringly precise hand-drawn layout with only city names and regions as reference points. In own sense of abstracted cartography, Rugg redistributes traditional map colors (or eliminates them entirely) in order to nullify the social preeminence given to constructed territories, and highlight the idea that our attention is manipulated to focus on the powerful few instead of the physical many. With a steady hand and a rapidograph pen, she alters the visual and emotional interpretations of our increasingly globalized society. This month, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, acquired an ambitious work from this series titled “America” (2013) for its permanent collection – we send Kim our congratulations on this major milestone.

Rugg received her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London). Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art (D.C.) and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), the Norton Museum (FL), and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX) among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Galerie Schmidt Maczollek (Cologne), and Nettie Horn Gallery (Manchester), and was the recipient of the Thames and Hudson Prize from the Royal College of Art Society in 2004. She lives and works in London (UK).

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