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Susan York: "Primary Forms"    Jul 12 - Aug 26, 2012

Corner Column (left)
Susan York
Corner Column (left), 2008
 
Diptych no. 4
Susan York
Diptych no. 4, 2012
 
Untitled (Double Golden Mean Rectilinear Solid)
Susan York
Untitled (Double Golden Mean Rectilinear Solid)
 
Untitled (Double Golden Mean)
Susan York
Untitled (Double Golden Mean), 2012
 
Untitled (Rectilinear Solid)
Susan York
Untitled (Rectilinear Solid), 2012
 
 
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Location: 62 South Glenwood, Jackson, WY 83001

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 5 to 8pm

Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present tandem solo shows featuring the works of James Castle and Susan York. The exhibitions will be on view from July 12 through August 26, 2012 and open with a reception from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 12 at Tayloe Piggott Gallery. “Primary Forms” explores the elemental tension Susan York achieves in her graphite sculptures and drawings. Either ingeniously asymmetrical or perfectly in balance, her work raises questions about the nature of space, and objects placed within it. At Tayloe Piggott Gallery, the subtle tension York achieves contrasts with the brooding poetry of James Castle’s constructions and drawings. Having reached harmony through labor, both artists mesmerize with their mastery of material and form.

Inspired by the expanse of her New Mexico home, artist Susan York makes visceral the experience of scanning thousands of miles of open territory. A confrontation between the physical and psychic, her work requires moving through the space she creates to arrive at awareness. Her work is a state of mind, a quality of breath, a moment in time and space.

York is an alchemist; through graphite drawings and sculptures, she conjures a shifting state, when a form moves from two dimensions to three, or the reverse. She asks questions and seeks answers through the meditative nature of her creative process: how can a solid form be dismantled and made flat? How does a flat shape become sculptural? Consider Corner Column (left), 2008 a sculpture

originally conceived as part of the large-scale installation she created for the Lannan Foundation in Sante Fe, NM. The graphite totem hovers inches above the floor, defying gravity. Slightly asymmetrical, the column stirs a subliminal tension between the finite object and the space it inhabits.

Her sculptures, cast in graphite, evolve with effort: she spends days polishing surfaces into deep translucent darkness. A practicing Zen Buddhist, she embraces repetitive action as meditative. “I am mesmerized by the movement of my body rocking back and forth… Through this process, thinking becomes impossible… My brain becomes equal to the rest of my body.” Her process pulls her in, “like the tides of the ocean.” By working the graphite, she articulates change as a formal element, implied, not stated. “It’s like looking into a pond,” she said. “You see the glassy surface and at the same moment you see through the water into the depths of the pool.”

To explore forms, York draws assiduously. One sculpture may stem from 100 or more drawings, each an investigation of symmetry. Sometimes drawings follow sculpture, or they stand separate and distinct. She approaches paper as a malleable medium, layering graphite, smudging edges, polishing surfaces. The result consists of shadowed forms, atmospheric and mysterious, yet as much a presence as their three-dimensional kin.

Her sculptures and drawings evoke a visceral response – a calm askew. “My hope is that the viewer can taste the calm and sink into the emptiness. At the same time, the works force one into a sublime tension between the beauty of the present moment in the space and the underlying tension of the geometry and material.”

For further information regarding the exhibitions and Tayloe Piggott Gallery, please visit us online at www.tayloepiggottgallery.com or contact us at 307.733.0555 or art@tayloepiggottgallery.com.

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