Group Show featuring Lisa Beck, Ben Berlow, Graham Caldwell, Xylor Jane Jacob Kassay, and David Malek Organized by Bob Nickas April 18th – May 9th, 2009 Saturdays from 12 – 6 pm 515 Broadway, 5BF New York, NY 10012
Martos Gallery is pleased to present a group show featuring Lisa Beck, Ben Berlow, Graham Caldwell, Xylor Jane, Jacob Kassay, and David Malek, organized by Bob Nickas.
Bob Nickas, who is well-known for discovering and supporting many artists early on in their careers has in this show assembled works by artists who are among those he has recently written about, exhibited, and collected. Lisa Beck, Xylor Jane, and David Malek are included in his book Painting Abstraction, which will be published in September by Phaidon. Jacob Kassay and David Malek will participate in his exhibition, “Cave Painting”, this summer at PSM Gallery in Berlin. Nickas is showing the work of Ben Berlow and Graham Caldwell for the first time.
LISA BECK A grisaille Rorschach imagines a hallucinatory Burchfield landscape reflected in Smithson's mirror.
BEN BERLOW Small format paintings on found paper. Eccentric abstraction. Tantric art. An inside "outsider."
GRAHAM CALDWELL Curious, hand-blown glass sculptures that conjoin gnarly and seductive effects.
XYLOR JANE Magical, obsessive paintings based on numbers and mathematics that dazzle the eye and tease the mind. Continual play between positive and negative space, appearance and disappearance.
JACOB KASSAY Painting as alchemical assisted readymade. Metallic silver monochromes with burnt edges and surface incident - the result of process and chance.
DAVID MALEK Images shimmer by way of an almost scientific exploration of color, light, and heightened optics.