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"Martin Kline: Hammock Paintings and New Works"

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Wednesday, 3 April 2019 to Saturday, 27 April 2019

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present "Martin Kline: Hammock Paintings & Recent Works" ,the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.  This is the first time the Hammock paintings will be exhibited in the United States.  The show will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday, March 2nd, 4-6pm, and will run through April 27th. 

As an artist, Kline continually explores the properties of the medium and his recent paintings take his signature use of encaustic into a new direction.  In these works, his additive process becomes collage, the encaustic almost presenting itself as a man-made material rather than liquid applied with a paintbrush. The resulting abstracted patterns gain an intricacy much like honeycombs, made all the more complex with the use of camouflaged patchworks in various palettes.  

These collaged surfaces can also appear in the other new series of works in the exhibition, the Hammock paintings. In these large panels, Kline’s line of enquiry comes from a narrative referenced in Leo Steinberg’s essay “Other Criteria.” In it, he touches on the 19thcentury artist Thomas Eakins’ addressing the question whether painting and sculpture should have the same moral standing as traditionally defined manual labor, and not just be considered an activity of leisure or pleasure.  The Hammockpaintingsare actual canvas service hammocks, some dating back to WWII, that Kline has collected over the years.  Mounted on panels, Kline layers them with encaustic, collage and other objects of association, such as fishing sinkers, ropes and nets.  The panels are charged with color, systems of patterns and textures, conjuring different notions and meaning in every viewer.  Showcased alongside the paintings will be totems and baseball bats cast in bronze -- objects that can also be associated with leisure, work, or even violence.   An illustrated catalogue with an interview conducted by New York Times art critic Carol Vogel will accompany this exhibition.   Kline has had a lengthy artistic career and his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, to name a few.

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Martin Kline’s work references Western and Eastern cultural practices, drawing from art history, philosophy and nature.  He is mostly known for his paintings in encaustic, the mixing of pigment with bees and synthetic wax, a technique that is as challenging to perfect as it is compelling to behold.  Kline creates incredibly textured surfaces where the works become quasi sculptural.  At times he takes this notion further and actually casts his paintings in bronze or steel using the ancient lost wax techniques.  Kline’s work is the subject of many critical essays by noted authors including Carter Ratcliff and Barbara Rose.  His work is in many private and notable public collections here and abroad.

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