Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York artist Mark Sheinkman. The exhibition marks the artist’s tenth with the gallery.
The compositions in this show are among the artist’s most diverse. Frenetic, crisscrossing lines and spirographic roulettes cop the language of mechanical drawings and plunge into perpetual depths of field. While elsewhere serpentine scribbles and waving verticals vibrate into optical illusions focused more immediately on the surface.
The paintings follow a subtractive and additive process. Crushed graphite covers linen coated with white oil and alkyd. Then Sheinkman—wielding an eraser, brushes and various tools—carves into and wipes away the dark gray to expose the layers underneath. More graphite is applied and the method repeats; creating endless monochromatic variations of line and space.
"The method yields inverted values: the drawings vaguely resemble photographic negatives, luminous tracery floating within dark fields. Sheinkman's all-over lines are kin to Jackson Pollock's skeins of paint and Brice Marden's calligraphic lyricism, but they have a distinctive ephemeral quality, somewhere between wisps of smoke and the ghost-like traces on X-rays.“
—Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times
Sheinkman was born in New York in 1963 and received a B.A. from Princeton University. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. He has exhibited regularly in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany.
Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to an announce an exhibition of experimental photography by New York artist Chuck Kelton. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.
Kelton works inside the darkroom transforming light, paper and chemistry into rich, abstract landscapes that express the beauty and function of silver photographic materials. Because his practice foregoes cameras and negatives, each work is rendered entirely unique.
Gold chloride and selenium toned chemograms coax a surprising palette of fiery oranges and lush violets from gelatin silver paper. In a smaller suite of work, Kelton combines chemogram and photogram techniques; the shift marked with a cracked, folded horizon line separating swirling tones from values that transition into a subtle, velvety black.
The image in a photogram is the result of exposing photographic paper to light—writing with light. Whereas the image in a chemogram is the outcome of exposing photographic paper to developer and fixer—writing with chemistry.
After decades of working with negative based imagery, Kelton turned his eye towards a reduced pictorial space. He stripped photographic materials down to the studs; building essential, minimalist compositions of black and white lines. In subsequent series, he pushed color back into the structure by exploring early processes like gold and iron toning using new and expired chemicals.
“The darkroom experience has always had a magical place in my life. Though the materials change, the thrill of the darkroom drama remains the same. The process has been going on for more than 150 years and every time you make a print, you are tied into that history.”
—Chuck Kelton interview with Onward Photo
Kelton's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Bibliothéque nationale de France; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; International Center of Photography, New York; and New York Public Library. The artist lives and works in Jersey City, NJ.