Andrew Guenther - Popcorn Illusions - January 25th through February 23rd, 2014.

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Andrew Guenther - Popcorn Illusions

Gallery 106 Green presents Popcorn Illusions, a solo exhibition from Andrew Guenther. The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 25th from 6-8pm.

The show will run from January 25th to February 23rd. Gallery hours are on Sundays from 12-5pm or by appointment, please contact 106green@gmail.com. 106 Green is located at 104 Green Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Guenther’s new body of work began in February 2013 with a conscious choice, made by the artist, to limit the color choices to flat black and unbleached titanium. The result is a highly graphic image, which recalls the film tinting process of the silent film era. Like those films, the paintings make the most of the limitation, high contrasts that burn into your memory and engage in a sort of sequential slapstick of events. 

From the artist:

“I have strong ideas like “yes” or “no way” when it comes to decision making while I am working on a painting, but I let my “why not?” thoughts drift freely before I commit to the next canvas. I’m not ashamed to say that most of my work comes from the gut.

The new paintings relate to photography in my use of a simple color palette. I prefer to use black and white because of it’s documentary aspect, which helps to free the images from the clutter of unintended cultural references.

I understand that the subject matter; squares, boxes, hands, feet, popcorn, might come across as blunt or heavy-handed, but I also think this work has something that you can take with you for the rest of your life. In one image a hotdog is hanging out in the opening of a cola bottle. Once you have seen it, it’s like a tiny scar that cannot be washed from the eyes.

I like movies for the same reason. 

In the paintings, popcorn is suspended in darkness like stars, tossed out of a bucket in a theater accident, or flattening like icons in Warhol’s flower paintings. Segmented digital time displays appear to spin or slide. Squares are arranged neatly in a grid with several disruptions to the system. The edges of a small painting frame the hands of an auteur for us to see the deeply personal vision of the director.”

A book titled Popcorn Illusions will be available at the gallery in concert with the exhibition and features a series of photographs and paintings that may be seen as an active sketchbook of thoughts both completed and beginning. Two previous publications, Hotdog in a Banana and Orange Peel Believer will also be available. Orange Peel Believer is a book of haikus by Luke Rathborne with art by Andrew Guenther. Publications are also available at:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/AndrewGuenther
http://www.lulu.com/shop/luke-rathborne/orange-peel-believer/paperback/product-21398225.html;jsessionid=9250FA411929DD33BA3966F3E22FE40B