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INSTALLATION VIEWS

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot

Dazed & Confused Installation Shot



PRESS RELEASE

Dazed and Confused
May 24th—June 15th, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 | 6-9 PM

East Hampton, NY: Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition Dazed & Confused,a selection of contemporary artworks from the next generation of artists exhibiting that ineffable “aesthetic emotion,” when the viewer is moved completely by the formal qualities of art.

In 1920, art critic Roger Fry explained the phenomenon of “aesthetic emotion” as a positive and pleasurable, grand response to viewing an object. It’s that dizzying, overpowering feeling, that pleasant punch to the gut, only art can offer. 1920, art critic Roger Fry explained the phenomenon of “aesthetic emotion” as a positive and pleasurable, grand response to viewing an object. It’s that dizzying, overpowering feeling, that pleasant punch to the gut, only art can offer.

As a nod to enjoying art purely on visuals, Eric Firestone has assembled a show that goes back to our Modern roots to look at the foremost contemporary art. We’re viewing through a formal lens, minding—composition, color, texture, surface, contour and genius.

Not only do the selected artists in Dazed & Confused create visually stunning work, but they also push the boundaries of artistic viewership because—nowadays—we’ve learned that aesthetics always have double meanings. On the surface, Andrew Kuo’s painting looks like a post-conceptual masterpiece of color theory. Simultaneously, Kuo embeds a key in his color-coded graph, charting mostly-mundane inner thoughts about everyday events with sarcasm, irony and honesty.

Our preference for particular pieces may be chalked up to optics, and Kelsey Brookes is no novice to science. Brookes painstakingly breaks down the molecular structure of psychiatric medication to render breathtaking, curvaceously detailed paintings. His delicate meditations mimic human interplays and ubiquitous fractals in nature. Similarly, Brian Porray’s electric painted panels are packed with optical kinetics, conflating texture, line, shape and color.

Dazed & Confused explores humanity further by disrupting visual connection between viewer and art. Jen Stark’s in-your-face optical illusion of PVC, acrylic paint, UV varnish and monofilament confront our expectations of sculpture, playing with the tensions between painting and mobile, between flatness and space. At the same time, Pryce Lee’s bullet punctured mirrors framed in cold brass reflect our own interactions with art in the gallery setting.

Dazed & Confused features Grant Barnhart, Bhakti Baxter, Kelsey Brookes, James Clar, Evie Falci, Ted Gahl, Field Kallop, Andrew Kuo, Pryce Lee, Brian Porray, Jaime Scholnick, Jen Stark and Ryan Wallace.


SELECTED WORKS

Jen Stark, Glow, 2014, Acid-free paper, holographic paper, glue, wood, acrylic paint, 63 x 40 x 4 in, JSTK001

Jen Stark, Glow, 2014, Acid-free paper, holographic paper, glue, wood, acrylic paint, 63 x 40 x 4 in, JSTK001

Kelsey Brookes, Samatha, 2014, Acrylic On Canvas, 25.5 inches diameter, KBR007

Kelsey Brookes, Samatha, 2014, Acrylic On Canvas, 25.5 inches diameter, KBR007

James Clar, Standard Observer (Looking Glass), 2012 Fluorescent Lights, Filters 35.5 x 35.5 in, CLAR002

James Clar, Standard Observer (Looking Glass), 2012 Fluorescent Lights, Filters 35.5 x 35.5 in, CLAR002

Grant Barnhart, Security Blanket, 2014, Oil, pigment stick, and spray paint on drop cloth, 144 x 108 in, GBAR002

Grant Barnhart, Security Blanket, 2014, Oil, pigment stick, and spray paint on drop cloth, 144 x 108 in, GBAR002

Evie Falci, Mammu, 2014, Rhinestones on Denim, 66 x 60 in, EFAL002

Evie Falci, Mammu, 2014, Rhinestones on Denim, 66 x 60 in, EFAL002

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Red), 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 54 x 38, in FKALL005

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Red), 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 54 x 38, in FKALL005

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Turquoise), 2014 Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 38 in, FKALL004

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Turquoise), 2014 Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 38 in, FKALL004

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Pink on Purple), 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 54 x 38 in, FKALL006

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Pink on Purple), 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 54 x 38 in, FKALL006

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Blue on Yellow), 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 54 x 38 in, FKALL007

Field Kallop, Pliage Painting (Blue on Yellow), 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 54 x 38 in, FKALL007

Pryce Lee, Kill the Wrong Man, 2014, Brass, glass, acrylic and Bullet 36 x 24 in, PLEE004

Pryce Lee, Kill the Wrong Man, 2014, Brass, glass, acrylic and Bullet 36 x 24 in, PLEE004

Brian Porray, ++4Nti EV1L-EY3++, 2013, synthetic polymer, spray paint, paper, fabric, colored pencil on canvas 80 x 136 in, BPORR009

Brian Porray, ++4Nti EV1L-EY3++, 2013, synthetic polymer, spray paint, paper, fabric, colored pencil on canvas 80 x 136 in, BPORR009

Brian Porray, :::s!L3NCe:::K!T:::, 2014, synthetic polymer, spray paint, colored pencil, paper on canvas, 44 x 32 in, BPORR010

Brian Porray, :::s!L3NCe:::K!T:::, 2014, synthetic polymer, spray paint, colored pencil, paper on canvas, 44 x 32 in, BPORR010

Brian Porray, _B4D_sEEDs_, 2014, synthetic polymer, spray paint, colored pencil, paper, fabric, ink on canvas, 44 x 32 in, BPORR011

Brian Porray, _B4D_sEEDs_, 2014, synthetic polymer, spray paint, colored pencil, paper, fabric, ink on canvas, 44 x 32 in, BPORR011

Brian Porray, d3AthRAttL3, 2014, synthetic polymer, spray paint, colored pencil, paper on canvas 44 x 32 in, BPORR012

Brian Porray, d3AthRAttL3, 2014, synthetic polymer, spray paint, colored pencil, paper on canvas 44 x 32 in, BPORR012

Jaime Scholnick, Untitled Colored Tower, 2011 Acrylic on polystyrene, 57 x 16.5 x 8.3 in, JSCH001

Jaime Scholnick, Untitled Colored Tower, 2011 Acrylic on polystyrene, 57 x 16.5 x 8.3 in, JSCH001

Ryan Wallace, POLEMIC VIII, 2012 Oil, enamel, ink, graphite, PVA, mylar, artist tape, cut paper 48 x 37.5 in, RYW033

Ryan Wallace, POLEMIC VIII, 2012 Oil, enamel, ink, graphite, PVA, mylar, artist tape, cut paper 48 x 37.5 in, RYW033

Andrew Kuo, Slice 8/15/13 (Fold), 2013, Acrylic and carbon transfer on laminated paper on wood, 54 x 28 in, AK003

Andrew Kuo, Slice 8/15/13 (Fold), 2013, Acrylic and carbon transfer on laminated paper on wood, 54 x 28 in, AK003

Andrew Kuo, Five Months and Four Days After Falling and Hitting My Head (Googly Eyes), 2011, acrylic, carbon transfer and laminated paper on wood panel 51 x 38 in, AK004

Andrew Kuo, Five Months and Four Days After Falling and Hitting My Head (Googly Eyes), 2011, acrylic, carbon transfer and laminated paper on wood panel 51 x 38 in, AK004

Ted Gahl, House Painter (U.S.), 2014 Acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 60 x 36 in, TGAHL003

Ted Gahl, House Painter (U.S.), 2014 Acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 60 x 36 in, TGAHL003

Ted Gahl, House Painter (Divide), 2014, Acrylic and colored pencil on unprimed canvas in artist's frame, 60 x 36 in, TGAHL004

Ted Gahl, House Painter (Divide), 2014, Acrylic and colored pencil on unprimed canvas in artist's frame, 60 x 36 in, TGAHL004

Bhakti Baxter, 30, 60, 90 Primary Composition, ed. 2/3, 2014, Wood, latex acrylic, museum board, 43.5 x 53.5 in, BBAX001

Bhakti Baxter, 30, 60, 90 Primary Composition, ed. 2/3, 2014, Wood, latex acrylic, museum board, 43.5 x 53.5 in, BBAX001

Kelsey Brookes, Attentive Awareness 5, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 36 inch diameter, KBR002

Kelsey Brookes, Attentive Awareness 5, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 36 inch diameter, KBR002



PRESS

Widewalls, DAZED & CONFUSED, May 25, 2014

Complex, These Artists’ Spellbinding Works Will Leave You “Dazed & Confused” Inside Eric Firestone Gallery, May 16, 2014