Hinge Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two solo shows by artist Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 from 6 – 9 pm at 1955 West Chicago Avenue.
Since receiving his MFA from Northwestern in 2007, Cole Pierce has been focusing on a series of oil paintings based on variations of a triangle grid pattern. In the tradition of Op Art, his aim is to produce a vibrating optical effect that is a visceral experience, momentarily disrupting the viewer’s spatial intelligence. He often returns to a theme of combining two opposing systems in this series. The rigid grid is juxtaposed with marks eluding to the hand-made process such as paint bleeds, off kilter grids and color gradients.
Rusty Shackleford (MFA, 2004, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) will be exhibiting prints concerned with the relationship between gesture and the found image. Shackleford works intuitively, applying various materials and mediums to found images that he collects from discarded media. The result of this process is an intended obliteration and obfuscation of the images by the use of splashes of color, drawn lines, and similar devices. Shackleford creates a directed ambiguity, hinting at narratives of loss, disintegration, and decay.