Clark Gallery is honored to present new paintings by Warner Friedman and Timothy Kadish. Both artists exhibit virtuoso craftsmanship and the ability to create stunning illusions. Coincidentally, both artists are recent recipients of a prestigious Painting Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All are welcome to join the artists for a reception on Saturday, June 14, from 4-6 pm. The exhibitions continue through July 12.
Warner Friedman’s pristinely painted compositions are both physically and visually engaging. Using meticulously rendered architectural structures to frame his striking vistas of crisp New England landscapes, the artist directs the viewer’s gaze through railings, fences or doorways. Warner's paintings transcend the two-dimensional parameters of contemporary photo-realist painting - although the painting is flat it appears to project beyond the surface of the wall and into another dimension.
The resulting trompe l’oeil effect is enhanced by shadows created by light streaming in from the outdoors as well as the angular shapes of many of his canvases. An underlying love of wood and mathematical precision belies his background as an engineer and is clearly visible in works such as Cape Porpoise where even the bolts/nail heads joining the wood segments of the fence are painstakingly accurate.
Warner Friedman is the recipient of numerous awards including: a Painting Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Pollock-Krasner Foundations Grant, and the Richard Florsheim Art Fund Grant. His paintings are represented in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Albright College Museum of Art, and numerous private and corporate collections.
Timothy Kadish is the recent recipient of a prestigious 2014 Painting Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Kadish has an insatiable curiosity and keen awareness of the world around him. The work builds on his ongoing goal to create a visual language that seeks to codify the endless stream of stimuli that defines our contemporary lives. Using simple geometric forms as the building blocks for his textural paintings, he is able to create richly woven, pulsating mindscapes. His sparing use of color activates key elements inviting the viewer to pause and absorb his iconographic symbols. Applying mixed media materials to a range of surfaces, Kadish embraces the multi-media approach so prevalent today. Calling himself “the markmaker,” Kadish says “I respond to the varied visual phenomena with forms and ways of marking. To be clear, it is the organization of the elements that I am interested in. To arrange and record is to acknowledge and to reconcile. And as a student and product of Art History, I tend to combine numerous (informed) techniques.”
In additon to the MCC Painting Fellowship, Kadish is a recipient of the Traveling Scholar Fellowship from the SMFA and has been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the Traveling Scholars Exhibition. His work has been the subject of a solo show at the Alphonse Berber Gallery in Berkeley, CA, and has been included in solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, DC and the Center of Contemporary Art in Seattle. This is his third one man show at the Clark Gallery.