Recent Works

October 15th – November 15th, 2003
Opening Reception: Wednesday October 15th, 6 - 9pm

Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary
14 Charles Lane, NYC 10014
t. 212 807-6669 f. 645-0743

Between West and Washington Streets Perry and Charles Streets


Kenny Schachter conTEMPorary is pleased to announce a showing of new works by Graham Gillmore and Thom Merrick.

Graham Gillmore was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1963, and attended the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. He has shown his work in Canada, Italy, Spain, the United States, and elsewhere. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions in the last ten years and was included in the latest Art Basel fair.
In his works on Masonite, Gillmore paints the surface with enamel, and the colors appear suspended in motion, simultaneously fixed and freely bleeding. In a number of these pieces, he brushes on the enamels in a crisscross fashion, creating a layered grid of color. He carves words into the surface of the Masonite with a router and usually paints inside the crevices to highlight the letters upon the melding, glowing enamels. In pieces like Boo Fucking Hoo, Gillmore offers his distinctive reversals, puns, and musings up for the viewer to take in.

In other works, Gillmore paints interconnected bubbles containing letters and combinations of letters. The tangled, rambling matrices are executed on sheets ledger paper mounted on panels. As with alphabet soup, the floating letters can be anything from ambiguous to suggestive, as the eye wanders and the mind follows. Whatever meaning there is behind their creation, or whatever meaning there is to be found in them, Gillmore’s piles of Babel prove to be extremely engaging works of art.

Thom Merrick was born in Sacramento, California in 1963. Since graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1986, he has had over thirty solo exhibitions. Merrick is known for his “Interventions,” for which he traveled around the world and set up site-specific installations at the request of curators. After spending more than a decade as a roaming artist without a studio, he is now settled in New York. Over the past few years, his paintings have been shown in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States.

In the paintings on display, Merrick layers animals, vegetation, and other natural entities with meandering dark branches. Large quadrupeds are seen grazing and peering through the branches in some pieces; while in others, hands and briars weave through. Two swans show up in one canvas, one hooking its neck over a roaming humanoid limb.

In strokes that are alternately bold and subtle, these imagined scenes of nature are both naïve and graceful. Each composition achieves depth and resonance through Merrick’s use of shadowing, contrasts, and the tension that exists between the static and the kinetic forms. The result of Merrick’s latest foray into painting is a group of balanced, beautiful, and mysteriously magnetic pictures.

—Benjamin Berlow



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