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I’ve been following many artists via facebook.  Recently an art review appeared in (the guide to NYC’s art jungle) about a show at  Brian Morris Gallery  which included one of the artists I follow: Brian Cypher.  I found the author’s comments, below, personally meaningful.  You can read the full review here:

Art Review: “Tectonic Drift” at Brian Morris Gallery
Drifting Towards Perfection, Article by Matthew Hassell
Brian Cypher, one of the participating artists, at the Brian Morris Gallery.

At the latest multimedia group exhibition at Brian Morris Gallery, NYC-AP realizes that an artist’s knowledge of self is knowledge of the human condition.

The opening at Brian Morris Gallery is packed to the gills from the moment one arrives to the waning moments of the afterparty at a nearby bar. The gallery is buzzing with the energy one only finds in young spaces where the coordinators feel excited to be carving their own path through the brackish bog that is the New York art market.

This is not another pretentious young space, showing work of underground talents to the people who already know their work while they pat each other on the back and glare disdainfully at the new faces in the crowd. Brian Morris Gallery is very much about the integrity of the art, and this is highly evident in its latest show titled “Tectonic Drift.”

Strive to innovate, but also be honest

It is readily apparent when someone is reaching for something out of their grasp and they try to make up the gap between their abilities and their ambitions by faking the funk. It’s a predicament many artists find themselves in by extending their practice beyond their capabilities in an effort to force growth. On the other hand, when an artist is working too far within their comfort zone, it is easily recognizable as well; the work ends up somewhere that feels too safe and cushy, never really testing it’s own boundaries or attempting something new. There is a tired flatness that brings everything down like the hole in a worn blanket.

I find that the best work is that of an artist who is in tune with his or her strengths and weaknesses, knowing when to push their chops and when to hold something back. In this case the work often beams with an inner truth and a fidelity that comes from knowing one’s materials while still yearning to find something the artist has never seen before.

The artists who comprise the current group show at Brian Morris Gallery would fall into this second category––all have an ever important quality about them: knowledge of self.

Watching terra firma

Absolute physical mastery of materials is a dragon we artists could chase for our entire lives, only to never fully execute fail-proof mastery of our chosen medium. The reason for this is that materials operate on a geological time table, they are incredibly more complex and variable than we give them credit for. The brief moment of their existence where we champion our ability to take advantage of their plasticity is such a small part of their life cycle that we are foolish to think we have complete control over their composition.

The artists in this show know this on some level. Either openly playing with the nervously static nature of their forms or constructing regimented processes to momentarily define the nature of their materials, these artists seem content with the fact that eventual compositional peril is imminent. They have constructed works that converse with the idea that as much as we aspire to create order, the world is equally participating in life cycles that demand decay and re-birth. Like the inevitability of the eventual shifting of tectonic plates, we are all just sitting still for the moment, biding our time until we can no longer control our surroundings, thrown for a loop by the excited movement of the nervous earth beneath our feet.


Written by artphotosdiana

February 23, 2013 at 5:23 am

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