The glass half empty can be filled with whatever is most enticing. Artists are trained to see this "negative" as a potential space to transfer information and ideas. Emptiness can act as a lure or a haunt, an echo of a memory that is possibly even fabricated. Is "empty" dead, or is it a place of desire? These four works are united by this quality of creating a space an expanse for the viewer to inhabit and resolve.
Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton works with light, contingency, relativity, time and spatial relations. Here she takes an image of a white wall, and through a complex in-camera process involving laser cut dark slide masks and red, green and blue separation filters, creates an image that reveals the structure of empty space. She continues to break it down further by creating a file of the image and hacking its binary code. The fractured results remind us that there is still something to experience where we expect nothing.
Eric LoPresti addresses dichotomies and conflict in his paintings and drawings. Having grown up in the desert of eastern Washington state, LoPresti has a personal relationship with the paradox of that landscape's subtle beauty versus it's war-torn history. The expanse of the desert is traditionally known for it's surface emptiness that tricks the eyes and masks activity. These "Linescapes" are part revelation and part mirage, with man-made scopes and frameworks imposed upon nature.
Joseph Lee is a Los Angeles-based artist working on a series of collages with magazines and newspaper imagery. As in theater, he is able to transform this platform into a "sketch" and create acts of improvisation. A sense of quickness and whimsy springboards more articulated connections through a crossbreeding of art, design fashion, music, film and politics. Lee uses cut-outs to create a dance between the negative and positive spaces and to steer us to consider form.
The England-born and Berlin-based Ross Walker, pursues an articulation of doubt in his paintings. He inverts "confident spaces," such as office lobbies, hotel foyers, city plazas, etc and subsequently creates failed spaces that are shambles of melancholy and humor. The place that is normally filled with authority but devoid of humanist aspects or personality is balled upon itself, softened and confused.