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Stone Ridge Art Gallery PS 209 presents Brushless

  |   October 11, 2013  |  Comment

October 18 –December 1, 2013

Reception October 19, 5-7pm

3670 Main Street, Stone Ridge NY 12484

Fridays 3-6pm, Saturdays 12-6pm, Sundays 12-4pm, and by appointment


PS 209 Art Gallery, located in the center of Stone Ridge, is presenting it’s fourth exhibit of the season entitled Brushless which explores the work and methods of three contemporary painters. The exhibit includes artists Sean Breault, Lynn McCarty and Frank Young, all of who stretch the definition of painting in their choice of materials and work methods.

Lynn McCarty paints on aluminum, pouring interacting layers of oil paint to form the elusive sensual surfaces of her abstract works. The tools she uses include eye-droppers, basters, towels, squeegees and her hand.  “I choose to make possible and keep fresh an environment where upon each surface, something beautiful, naturally-occurring and unexpected emerges to surprise me. Trapping and tracing character out of the liquid paint, without directly drawing, I allow gravity and movement to give way to shape and to define edges. By honoring and coaxing both tiny movements as well as inviting bold gestures, I am able to capture the subtle vitality of discovery.”

Born in Phoenix, Arizona Lynn received a B.F.A. from Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio and an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Stone Ridge, NY. The artist’s work has been shown at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio; Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan; Musee d’ArtModerne de la Ville de Paris, France; Portsmouth Museum of Art, New Hampshire; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; and Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona. Her work is included in the collections of The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio and she is one of ten American artists included in the Vatican Collection, Art in Embassies Program, United States Department of State. McCarty is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Scholarship and a Pollock-Krasner Grant.

Sean Breault is drawn to steel as the basis for his work because of its’ indestructible qualities and the sense of permanence it conveys.  Scratching into the metal surface through thin layers of paint the work is influenced by early scratched subway graffiti and other markings that happen in everyday life.  At the same time Sean’s work is meditative.  “These pieces on painted black steel came out of the desire to scratch and mark metal, but in a sustained and meditative way, repetitively making circle after circle to create imagery as simple as the line of Mount Beacon, or as ethereal as the spirit photography of the 1920s.” Breault works inches from the steel making small marks on a vast surface to create paintings both highly detailed and graphically bold.

Sean is originally from Massachusetts and has lived in Beacon, NY for the past 3 years. He studied Theater and Photography at Northeastern University in Boston and also studied at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City.

Since 2000 Sean has shown regularly in New York City including both group and solo exhibits and a performance/installation entitled Art of Memory at St. Marks Church in 2008.  With his move north he has begun showing in the Hudson Valley and has been a regular participant in group exhibits in Beacon.

Frank Young makes large, dynamic paintings on paper that reflect his process of applying paint with rags, taping knives and his hands.  The resulting abstract paintings show lingering subtleties such as fingerprints interacting with broad strokes of color and become the emotional paintings Frank set out to make in 1970 and continues, with force, to this day.  His work reveals the dance that is his process; “using the oil soaked muslin rag as a tool in itself. I wrap it around my hand almost like a bandage. I begin drawing with it.  My knuckles press into the surface making multiple dot patterns and idiosyncratic line waves.  Sometimes punching, pulling and jabbing then caressing the paper… fingernails, palm of the hand, and an awareness of my hands rhythm.”

Frank Young began exhibiting in 1970 and had his first solo show at the Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC in 1977.  Since that time Frank’s paintings have been shown in 19 Emergent Americans at the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA’s P.S.1, Queens Museum, The Clocktower, Artists Space and at the Montclair Museum in Montclair, NJ.  His work has been exhibited in several Manhattan galleries and has had his work featured in two noteworthy articles in Art Forum magazine.

Frank has taught at the School of Visual Arts for 30 years and in 1997 moved to the Catskills where he continues to live and work.

PS 209, opened in May of this year, is committed to exhibiting art of the highest caliber.  The work generated by these three artists has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally and we are fortunate to have them come together in our current exhibit.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment please contact Lori Van Houten: [email protected]

Lynn McCarty, Swivel, oil on aluminum,  24” x 55”  2011

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