• Social Abstraction

    September 10 - October 29, 2022
     
    Haines Gallery proudly presents Social Abstraction, a group exhibition showcasing works by Angelo Filomeno, Won Ju Lim, Aili Schmeltz, David Simpson, Robert Stone and Lena Wolff. Working in a diverse selection of media and practices, these six artists demonstrate the potential for line, color and form to address both real-world concerns — political truths, environmental degradation and conservation, affordable housing — and matters of the mind and spirit.

     

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  • An artist, craftswoman, and activist, Lena Wolff’s (b. 1972, lives and works in Berkeley, CA) interdisciplinary practice merges craft traditions with geometric abstraction, feminist, and political art. Drawing from American quilt iconography — a medium steeped in history and political potential — her work investigates the transformative power of shape and symbol. In each work, geometrically-derived quilting patterns, passed down and shared for generations are combined with natural and cosmic imagery, as well as the artist’s own symbols for democracy, equality, and justice — an index of a shared visual language and a vision of a more just future. Social Abstraction features one of Wolff's signature, hand-cut paper collages from her Circular Path series, and wall-hung sculptures combining age-old woodworking techniques of marquetry, parquetry and inlay.
  • Lena Wolff Circular Path, variation #3, 2022 Collage with hand-cut paper Paper: 38 x 34 inches; Frame: 41.5 x 37.5...
    Lena Wolff

    Circular Path, variation #3, 2022

    Collage with hand-cut paper

    Paper: 38 x 34 inches; Frame: 41.5 x 37.5 inches

    $16,000
    • Lena Wolff Flowering Star, 2021 Maple 56.5 x 56.5 x 2 inches
      Lena Wolff
      Flowering Star, 2021
      Maple
      56.5 x 56.5 x 2 inches
      $24,000
    • Lena Wolff Full Moon Star, 2021 Walnut, beech, maple 42 x 42 x 2 inches
      Lena Wolff
      Full Moon Star, 2021
      Walnut, beech, maple
      42 x 42 x 2 inches
      $22,000
  • Aili Schmeltz Huerta, 2021 Acrylic and thread on canvas over panel 20 x 16 x 1.5 inches $4,000
    Aili Schmeltz

    Huerta, 2021

    Acrylic and thread on canvas over panel

    20 x 16 x 1.5 inches

    $4,000
  • Aili Schmeltz’s (b. 1975, lives and works in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA) textile paintings chart a feminist history of the American West. She embroiders ridged, undulating patterns onto pieces of dyed canvas that are stitched together, evoking natural elements found in the desert landscape, and names each for a notable California woman, such as labor organizer Dolores Huerta and climate and racial justice activist Aniya Butler.
    • Aili Schmeltz Cairn 11, 2022 Ceramic 16 x 9 x 12 inches
      Aili Schmeltz
      Cairn 11, 2022
      Ceramic
      16 x 9 x 12 inches
      $8,000
    • Aili Schmeltz Pelton, 2021 Acrylic and thread on pieced canvas over panel 72 x 48 x 2.5 inches
      Aili Schmeltz
      Pelton, 2021
      Acrylic and thread on pieced canvas over panel
      72 x 48 x 2.5 inches
      $15,000
    • Aili Schmeltz Cairn 13, 2022 Ceramic 16 x 9 x 10 inches
      Aili Schmeltz
      Cairn 13, 2022
      Ceramic
      16 x 9 x 10 inches
      $8,000
  • These works are shown in dialogue with Schmeltz's ceramic Cairn sculptures, which combine the visual vocabulary of her textile paintings...
    These works are shown in dialogue with Schmeltz's ceramic Cairn sculptures, which combine the visual vocabulary of her textile paintings and the alchemy of clay transforming into stone. Referencing the utopian impulses of Art Deco and Modernist design, the works continue her investigation into the philosophical underpinnings of our everyday surroundings.
  • Robert Stone’s (b. 1961, lives and works in San Francisco, CA) striking canvases mine the tension between clarity of line and ambiguity in meaning. In his layered compositions, intersecting planes of blacks, whites, and grays create sculptural surfaces and tactile geometries that at once recall raised pyramids, geologic formations, and arched passageways that open onto enigmatic environments. Ridged, glistening passages of thickly applied acrylic paint give way to poured resin and bare linen canvas, an interplay of depth and dimensionality that changes as viewers interact with the work. Stone’s painting emphasizes the ambiguous, a reflection of the painting as a subjective experience.
    • Robert Stone Untitled, 2021 Acrylic and mixed media on linen-wrapped panel 78 x 49 inches
      Robert Stone
      Untitled, 2021
      Acrylic and mixed media on linen-wrapped panel
      78 x 49 inches
      $35,000
    • Robert Stone Untitled, 2021 Acrylic and mixed media on linen-wrapped panel 78 x 49 inches
      Robert Stone
      Untitled, 2021
      Acrylic and mixed media on linen-wrapped panel
      78 x 49 inches
      $35,000
  • Robert Stone Untitled, 2022 Acrylic and mixed media on linen-wrapped panel 36 x 48 inches $24,000
    Robert Stone

    Untitled, 2022

    Acrylic and mixed media on linen-wrapped panel

    36 x 48 inches

    $24,000
  • David Simpson Imperative of the Ideal, 1989 Acrylic on canvas 72 x 72 inches $60,000
     
    David Simpson

    Imperative of the Ideal, 1989

    Acrylic on canvas

    72 x 72 inches

    $60,000
  • David Simpson’s (b. 1928, lives and works in Berkeley, CA) diverse painting practice weave together impulses of minimalism and hard-edge abstraction with those of the California Light and Space movement, to forge an entirely singular creative vision. Throughout his career, the artist has maintained a boundless curiosity and desire to expand the limits of his chosen medium. In Imperative of the Ideal (1989), part of the artist’s circular “Tondo” series, Simpson pairs a metallic silver with a rich indigo to produce a work in which one half appears to have remarkable depth, while the other seems to radiate with internal light. The resulting experience is an introspective exploration of balance and harmony, accomplished through this striking contrast. The work immediately becomes the still center of whatever space it occupies. “It may be old-fashioned to say that art should be redemptive, Simpson has remarked, “but I believe it should be when it can.”
    • David Simpson Untitled, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 17 x 60 inches
      David Simpson
      Untitled, 1972
      Acrylic on canvas
      17 x 60 inches
      $30,000
    • David Simpson Parable II, 1989 Acrylic on canvas 23.5 x 23.5 inches
      David Simpson
      Parable II, 1989
      Acrylic on canvas
      23.5 x 23.5 inches
      $15,000
  • Angelo Filomeno Mantra, 2019 Metallic thread and cotton 20 x 32 inches $10,000
    Angelo Filomeno
    Mantra, 2019
    Metallic thread and cotton
    20 x 32 inches
    $10,000
  • Angelo Filomeno (b. 1963, lives and works in New York, NY) often chooses subjects from the natural world, exploring how the beauty he finds there shepherds us between the material and spiritual planes. The artist’s signature works, created from intricate embroidery on textile, demonstrate his technical and aesthetic skill in merging aspects of painting, needlework, and craft. Filomeno’s precisely stitched scenes first caught the world’s attention at the 52nd Venice Biennale; since then, he has continued to receive critical acclaim for highly symbolic artworks that incorporate a variety of fabrics and materials — including denim, shantung silk, metallic thread, and gemstones — to create pieces that are both alluring and provocative.
    • Angelo Filomeno Tell Me, Tell Me, 2016 Embroidery and crystal on denim 61 x 41 inches
      Angelo Filomeno
      Tell Me, Tell Me, 2016
      Embroidery and crystal on denim
      61 x 41 inches
      $35,000
  • Won Ju Lim Kiss 11, 2015 Plexiglas, light 7.25 x 24 x 17 inches $12,000
    Won Ju Lim

    Kiss 11, 2015

    Plexiglas, light

    7.25 x 24 x 17 inches

    $12,000
  • Referencing the language of architecture, urban planning, science fiction and literature, Won Ju Lim's (b. 1968, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)' research-based practice invites audiences to reconsider the built environment and its relation to memory, fantasy, and longing. With a knowing nod to Judd's Stacks, her wall-hung Kiss sculptures produce a cascades of colorful shadows when light passes through their Plexiglas elements. Within the piece are architectural models based on plans of the famed Case Study Houses. Built in the Los Angeles area between 1948 and 1966, these quintessential examples of mid-century modernism were affordable homes meant to address the postwar housing shortage. Immaterial and intangible, the sculpture’s projected interior becomes a reference point for an architecture of the ideal.
  • Installation images of Social Abstraction at Haines Gallery: Robert Divers Herrick, 2022