Massey Klein Gallery is pleased to present Geometric Objective, a group exhibition of work by Claes Gabriel, Antonio Puri, and Jay Walker curated by Susanna Gold, Ph.D and hosted in Massey Klein’s intimate east gallery room. The exhibition will be on view from Friday, February 5th until Saturday, March 13th, 2021. The gallery will host an opening reception day from 12-5pm on Sunday, February 7th. For information regarding works available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geometric Objective features the work of three artists whose work shares aesthetic relationships in the use of intense, glowing color within a geometric framework, while each artist pursues very different goals:
Claes Gabriel (Haitian-American, based in Philadelphia) honors his African heritage in his work, often looking to Haitian culture for subject matter or African American art history as stylistic inspiration. Spear Head evokes traditional African tribal masks and weaponry, while Burning Monk, a reference to the 1963 self-immolation of Buhddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức, and Circe, a stylized imagining of the witchtemptress in Homer’s The Odyssey, address universal issues of power and helplessness that cross time and culture. Gabriel’s flatness of form and dense, unmodulated color recalls the art of Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and his own father, Jacques Gabriel.
Antonio Puri (Indian-American, based in Bogotá, Colombia) builds up his heavily textured compositions with tiny beads, a process that simulates the ancient Buddhist tradition of mandala sand painting. Pouring these beads into wet acrylic is a meditative act for Puri, a ritual he has been performing daily over the course of more than a year with his latest Tantra series. Puri’s complete Tantra series has just debuted at the Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Marta, Colombia, and makes its first US appearance at Massey Klein Gallery.
Jay Walker (American, based in Philadelphia) works with geometry and color toward cerebral rather than cultural goals. He is concerned with mathematical proportion, perception, and creating intellectual games and problems for himself, which he then carefully works out through his compositions and process. In his latest Prismatic Polygon series, Walker’s geometric forms appear to shift in color, shape, and size depending on the viewing perspective. His use of pattern, line, color, and geometry here references the aesthetic traditions of Sol Lewitt and Henri Matisse, re-cast in contemporary visual terms.