UCR Arts Exhibition Examines Architecture and Painting

“Painting Architecture” will open at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts on Sept. 1.

T. Kelly Mason, Grey Skies NE, Reece Mews, South Kensington, London (Bacon Triptych 2), 2014.

T. Kelly Mason, Grey Skies NE, Reece Mews, South Kensington, London (Bacon Triptych 2), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery | Photo Credit: Brian Forrest

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A new exhibition heading to UCR Arts invites viewers to contemplate the distinctions between architecture and painting.

Painting Architecture” is a group exhibition featuring the work of four Los Angeles-based artists, Kevin Appel, Sarah Cain, Andy Kolar, and T. Kelly Mason. These painters explore elements of architecture including volume, façade, public and private spaces, and utility. They also examine the tension between architecture’s ties to function and paintings’ rejection of practical usefulness.

“The artists consider the differences of presence and encounter between the frontal emphasis of a painting versus the spatial depth of architecture,” said Tyler Stallings, guest curator and artistic director at the Culver Center of the Arts from 2007 to 2017.

Kevin Appel’s paintings explore the relationship between architecture and the painted image. Using photographs of tangled rebar as a ground on which to build his painting, he applies layers of paint that act as screens, compressing the perceived space and bringing to the forefront the inseparability of an artwork’s medium and the final image.

Kevin Appel, Untitled (rebar 3), 2013

Kevin Appel, Untitled (rebar 3), 2013

Cutting, collaging, and expanding paintings beyond their boundaries, Sarah Cain redefines the nature of painting. Though the scale of her work is at times architectural, Cain incorporates small found objects amid drawn and painted gestures, sometimes including domestic furniture such as a vanity or dresser.

Sarah Cain, dresser, 2015

Sarah Cain, dresser, 2015 Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery | Photo Credit: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Andy Kolar’s installations are miniature, self-contained rooms that house mysterious sewn fabric sculptural elements. They explore the relationship between abstraction and figuration, painting and sculpture, alluding to actual objects but remaining ambiguous about their source.

Andy Kolar, Awkward Addition, 2017

Andy Kolar, Awkward Addition, 2017

T. Kelly Mason’s work depicts the studio of English artist, Francis Bacon. Working with transparencies mounted in light boxes that reference animation cells, advertising, and painting all at once, Mason takes as his subject the artist as celebrity and the search for meaning via the archive embodied by an artist’s studio and its artifacts.

“Painting Architecture” will run from Sept. 1 through Dec. 29. A free-admission, public reception for the artists will be held Saturday, September 29, 6-8 p.m. For more information, please visit ucrarts.ucr.edu.

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