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Daniel Brice    Apr 4 - May 5, 2012


Opening Reception with the artist April 5th 7-9 pm

We are very excited to present Daniel's first painting exhibition in Arizona. It is work that is unique on so many levels: the surface is both pristine and abraded, the image both exact and intentionally imperfect, the color both reminiscent of Southern California yet the layering renders them ancient as one can see the passage of time. Following is a review by Christopher Knight.

Abstract painting never looked more beat up, knocked down, abraded and used than it does in six otherwise eloquent new works by Daniel Brice. In all but one case, their simple Minimalist spatial geometry is enhanced by multiple panels which give material heft to the vaporously painted rectangular shapes.

The heavy burlap canvas glimpsed at the edges of these unframed works also adds to their rough-hewed quality. Visually, predecessors of Brice's work at Western Project are as disparate as California's Richard Diebenkorn and Germany's Günther Förg, although Diebenkorn's origins in landscape and Förg's in Conceptual art don't seem to apply. Brice is a materialist.

It's as if abstraction, once enthroned on a critical Olympus, is hanging on by its fingernails -- and turns out lovelier for its tenacity. Painting's death has periodically (and even ritually) been claimed ever since the camera was invented more than 170 years ago. But Brice's work reminds us of the coincidence between that unfounded assertion of mortality and the slow, steady emergence of abstraction as something beyond the otherwise wondrous capacity of the lens. - Christopher Knight

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