WE HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN TO GESTURE is an exploration of abstraction through metamorphosis of space, improvisational strategic painterly gestures in new works by two Vancouver based artists Adam Dodd and Charlotte Falk. Curated by Ahbyah Baker.
ADAM DODD: Continually informed by the ever-changing urban environment and activity within it, Dodd is interested in the simultaneity of space transforming people as people transform space and the conversation these acts share. Dodd’s sculptural works are an excavation of these reflections. They examine the ever-changing semiotic tsunami of media and advertisements as well as architectural developments, demolitions and how these activities define space both physically and psychologically. The resulting multi-media sculptures reference discarded trophies and paintings - the kind found in second- hand stores. In both his painting and sculptural work, Dodd is invested in signifying the achievements and deaths of painting, paintings perseverance, and it's interdisciplinary role throughout history. The plinths are made from various found and discarded materials including cardboard and wood, and topped with forms resembling trophy bases. The bases are then slathered in clumps of plaster of paris and white paint. Stemming from the top of the plastered plinths is the painted convex mylar.
Adam Dodd is a visual artist living and working in Vancouver BC. He received a BFA from Emily Carr University in (2006), where he studied painting and sculpture.
Charlotte Falk: Initiated by spontaneous mark-making followed by a sequence of strategic responses, the paintings in this process-driven series come from a shift in Falk’s painting over the past year. Layers of opaque strokes and transparent washes are used to create visual depth while simultaneously emphasizing the flatness of the support. Most recently, questions are posed about the connections between designed objects, decoration, and painting as decoration - by working over ready-made designed textiles in lieu of blank canvas.
Each painting begins with improvisational brushstrokes, pours and/or washes - a sort of problem posing. From there, colour and gesture are employed in both additive and reductive ways as a means to resolve this initial ‘ problem'. The resultant work traces painterly activity by employing colour as structure and capturing shifts in gesture and energy; building planes upon planes that inhabit ambiguous space.
Charlotte Falk is an emerging artist, independent designer and educator. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University British Columbia (2012) and a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta (2006). Her multi-disciplinary practice includes architectural interventions, communication design, industrial design, painting, sculpture, and site-specific installations. Across all these disciplines, she is interested in intuitive processes with an emphasis on methods of making in relation to practice, technique and materials.