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March 01, 2018

marta spendowska abstract art Foundation art spaceJOIN US TOMORROW for an Art Opening 5-8pm over at FOUNDATION Art Space and meet us all : @shainagates @cheshirescott @catherinescala @andyheckboyd7854 @martaspendowska @mike_howat @anniezverina @krislanzerartfile @juliekphotography *Shift;Register SHOW.
Hope to see you! 🙌🏻

Press Release :

Shift Register is a group exhibition that will be on view from March 2 to 24 at FOUNDATION Art Space, located at 111R Water St., Exeter. The show is guest curated by Shaina Gates, and features the work of artists Andy Heck Boyd, Julie K Gray, Mike Howat, Scott Kuckler, Kris Lanzer, Catherine Scala, Marta Spendowska and Annie Zverina.

There’ll be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 2. The reception is free and open to the public.

The title of the show refers to an electronic system for processing information quickly, and works as an analogy for the kind of intuitive processing that forms the logic of the exhibition. A shift register is an electronic component that receives a binary number and sifts to the right or left. A shift to the right divides the binary number, and a shift to the left multiplies the number. The exiting information is dependent on the entering information. The more complex the shift register’s pattern, the more random the generated output may appear.

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The artworks included in the show run the gamut of media, processes, and subjects. From sound and video installations all the way to representational drawings, the work is notably varied. The organizing concepts for such a wide-ranging exhibition come together around ideas of layers, shifts, and changing positions. Inherent in the production of the work itself are various feedback loops, and perceptive switches that keep the viewer’s experience in a state of searching.

Andy Heck Boyd’s sound/video work was chosen for the way it deals with endurance as related to his extreme prolificity. The activity of this work retraces its own patterns until a sense of the uncanny enshrouds the viewer.

Julie K Gray’s needlepoints of mugshots use digital processing and anonymous portraits in a way that both distances the viewer and draws them in with her intense craftsmanship and subtlety.

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Mike Howat’s quiet, velvety drawing surfaces present carefully positioned architectural forms. His imagery calls the attention outward with its technical perspective, then drifts back to the plane of the paper with the irresistible materiality of the graphite.

Scott Kuckler’s silver gelatin photographs are pushed beyond traditional chemical processing, producing accretions and erosions in concert with the gauzy ambiguity of the images themselves.

Kris Lanzer’s large ink drawings on tracking paper rolls record the original presence of fallen tree logs as shadows. The ink silhouettes, as material stand-ins for the immaterial shadow, slip into position as the trees themselves when hung vertically on the wall.

Catherine Scala’s paintings reference mapping using geometric abstraction, building up strata of transparent layers, revealing the history of their making.

Marta Spendowska’s painting showcases flows of saturated pigment that expand and stain the surface, ultimately coming to rest in a frozen image of fluidity.

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Annie Zverina’s projected installation takes an offhand historic anecdote, and multiplies its importance through research and invention presented with an impassive voice, spinning out a compellingly enigmatic reading for the audience.

Uncanniness, distancing and intimacy, de-located perspective, obscuration, approximation, obtuseness; a necessarily baroque list of themes, but ones that tangle together into a general sense of mutability. Mutability of the audience’s position, the artists’ positions, and the location of the subject in the work.

FOUNDATION Art Space is run by the non-profit TEAMExeter and Arts Industry Alliance. Gates can be reached through

Gallery hours for “Shift Register” are Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.; Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery will be closed March 15-17.