David Richard Gallery 211 East 121 Street New York NY 10035
Opening 9 March 2022 Reception 12 March 2022 2-6 pm
Mike Zahn A Basket of Flowers, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 78 x 82 inches
Mike Zahn Out of Sight Out of Mind, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 84 x 84 inches
Mike Zahn’s paintings in this exhibition feature iconography drawn from scalable vector graphics. Depictions of boxes, shelves, and walls are rendered in a hard edge style. The flat color indicates a virtual space. Configurable panels determine an actual space through articulation of surface and edge. The works themselves, as objects, modify a shared space of the viewer. Their placement implicates all in the artifice of an abstract still life. The realist brown and beige of the boxes rest upon mimetic cues provided by the industrial gray of the shelf and the institutional green of the wall. These common constructions are symbolic evidence of visible dimensions which characterize the pictorial turn shaped by electronic media, and the contemporary networks of which things are a part.