Platform, the project space of Denise Bibro Fine Art, is pleased to present Atomic Dreams, on view May 14 through June 20, 2009. Featuring work by Daniel Borlandelli, Carter Hodgkin, and Terry Rose, the exhibition investigates imagery related to both the micro and macro aspects of physics and nature—from the collision of atomic particles, to the cellular structure of plants, to the vastness of the galactic dimension.
Daniel Borlandelli’s vigorous and hotly colored collaged paintings and works on paper occupy a liminal space between representation and abstraction. Inspired by nature, in particular, plant forms, Borlandelli juxtaposes bold, gestural, explosive mark-making with jewel-like, tightly rendered symmetrical forms. The work also suggests the repetition of shapes in cellular structure, from an infinitesimal scale to a colossal one. Borlandelli has shown extensively in his native Uruguay, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montevideo. He has mounted solo shows in New York City at the Uruguayan Cultural Center and 43 Eighth Avenue Gallery.
Motivated by physics, Carter Hodgkin’s work blurs the lines between digital media, drawing, and painting. As a template for her intricate compositions, she uses the expressive lines formed when atomic particles collide, which she programs on her computer. Comprised of multiple layers of tiny dots and fragile lines with gouache and oil enamel paint, Hodgkin’s canvases and works on paper convey hyper-energetic states of instability and uncertainty. Hodgkin has had several solo shows in New York City including Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, Berland/Hall Gallery, and White Columns. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Flash Art, and The New Yorker, among others.
Terry Rose’s paintings, executed on aluminum, conjure ever-evolving galaxies. The imagery does not appear fixed, but seems to emerge, elide, and expand. The artist works flat, beginning with a base coat of wet varnish, dropping in oils, metallic micron pigments, and enamels. Welcoming chance interactions, he creates swirling, amoebic shapes, concentric lines resembling the topography of a map, and even suggesting flowers and hinting at aspects of ancient Chinese landscape painting. Rose’s solo shows include Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA; Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI; and the Pasadena Arts Space, Pasadena, CA. Selected public and private collections include the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong; and the Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV.