Franklin Parrasch Gallery is pleased to announce John McCracken / Daniel Turner, the latest in a series of two-artist, cross-generational exhibitions at 548 west 22 street. This show will run from September 6 through October 20.
Daniel Turner’s work Untitled (9/2/2012) comprises eight sheets of auto-grade glass framed in rubber moulding and stacked in two sections along the wall, with the final pane positioned slightly off-axis. Though independently the glass may appear nearly translucent, when layered upon one another the slight pigmentation inherent to the panes becomes more concentrated, settling into a subtle and translucent jade. This raw material is simultaneously image and architectonic dissention. Turner’s work often addresses the relationship between poles; in this instance, perhaps between liquid and solid (molten material into hard glass), opacity and translucency, pigmentation and absence of color, seamlessness and disjointedness, inherent and introduced.
Also on view is a black plank from John McCracken’s seminal series. This meticulously constructed fiberglass and plywood form, with a luminous and highly polished resin surface, embodies purity and perfection by way of proportion and pigmentation. The plank form – an architectural curiosity of its own – is dependent upon but separate from both wall and floor; in her essay dating from 2011, Andrea Bellini writes, “At once serial and unique…[the work] is no longer just a sculpture or a painting, but both of those things together….” Black Plank inhabits the gallery emitting a highly concentrated and precisely calculated energy as it draws from its surroundings.
Daniel Turner was born in 1983 in Portsmouth, Virginia, and lives and works in New York. Recent solo shows include White Cube, London (2012), Mariana, The Journal Gallery, New York (2011), and Jericho Ditch, Isle of Wight, VA (2011). Group exhibitions include New York: Directions, Points of Interest, Massimo de Carlo, Milan (2012); The Perfect Man, White Columns, New York (2011); Four Rooms, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2011); Modern Talking, Muzeul de Arta Clui-Napoca, Clui, Romania (2012); and the 5th Prague Biennial (2011). Turner has been selected for the Chinati Foundation’s 2013 residency program in Marfa, TX.
John McCracken, whose career emerged in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, worked primarily with poured resin and lacquer-based monochrome surfacing materials applied to hard edged plywood forms. His simple yet sublime and otherworldly objects forged a voice within Minimalist terms that was uniquely his own. McCracken (1934-2011) was born in Berkeley, California and studied painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts (Oakland). His work has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, including recent exhibitions at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2012); Castelli di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin (2011); and exhibitions in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 organized by the Getty Center at Pomona College Museum of Art, the Getty Center, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2011).
This exhibition takes place at 548 West 22 Street. Please note that fall hours for this space are now in effect: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6p. For images, biography, and further information, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-246-5360, Tuesday-Saturday 10a-6p.