Matthew Mahler and Andrew Zarou • 1/6/12 – 1/29/12

New Works by: Matthew Mahler and Andrew Zarou

Jan 6th – Jan 29th, 2012
Weekends only: 1 – 6 pm or by appointment
Opening reception: Friday, 6th, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: 722 Metropolitan Avenue 2nd Fl., Brooklyn NY 11237
Directions: L – train to Graham Avenue

Matt Mahler, Magic Carpet, 2011, 20″ x 24″ , acrylic on canvas

Andrew Zarou, Flotilla /14, 2011,  10″ x 10″, collage on paper

Matt Mahler‘s work plays with the reassessing of past esthetics. At first glance you recognize a sort of stringency and rigidity through his approach, but upon further investigation you realize what you are looking at is playing tricks with what you perceive to be good and bad in art. His compositions are, although adhering to formal rules, center based and mostly mirrored, but purposefully slightly off. So are his colors, being of a sunny California surfboard palette, with drips of paint left to blur the line between what seems purposeful and what seems accidental. The mixture of what is so called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sparks the process of reevaluating these elements within art as a whole.

The Flotilla series of Andrew Zarou are his starting point for a series of collages about the organization of space and the relationships of architectural units via an aerial view. Built on graphite lines spaced one inch apart, with the outer left and right one inch spaces always left untouched. The collage components are composed of paper cut into three distinct shapes: two different isosceles triangle shapes, and a diamond form. These pieces probe the tenuous nature of pattern and how through the accumulation of form, it can be either created, negated or ideally fought for simultaneously.
Telescoping 1 – 8 are new works on paper composed of cast-off cuts from preparing future “flotillas”.
With these Andrew probes the questions of what is still vital, what is truly waste and what is resourcefulness?

In pairing these two artists we see multiple artistic directions that can be taken via the personal interpretations of a familiar formal vernacular.