New York artist Andrew Mockler's recent oil paintings and watercolors represent
the extension of an activated visual field.Around
1997, Mockler began to use the structure of the grid, as a kind of
scaffolding, a way of reigning in his more gestural, emotional marks.He was searching for a way of representing
non-hierarchical space as a metaphor for moving through the world,
for living in the present.
over the present is memory.
Memories that have held great importance
for me in my emotional and psychic life - impressions of forests, architecture, the seaside
- are distilled in the act of painting,
of an animated place.
memories play off color theory and the simplicity of geometry, are
brought into focus through color and structure. The stripes motif gives
Mockler a scaffolding to anchor the color and fluid space of the brushwork.
is to hold the viewer in the field of the painting to communicate that
heightened emotion, or awareness, brought on through focused
Mockler was moving into a looser structure; new elements were introduced.The grids began to dissolve and the paintings
seemed less arrangements and more wanderings, more meandering experience
than focused expression, the forms emerging from the ground.In a way, more countryside
than cityscape.The nice
fit began to seep beyond the boundaries of the grid as Mockler came
to awareness that life is not either/or.
the continuum.One event replacing another. No hierarchy.
moving from desire to desire.
in the exhibition are very new paintings that explore the refraction
of light.Mockler has become
interested in using the depiction of the spectrum as a means to describe
the complete set of visible colors.He
uses this construction as a world-within-a world, as his personal cosmology.Also included will be a series of etchings relating to the paintings and exploring
the passages between veils of color, veils of concealment and revelation.
Mockler currently serves as Lecturer and critic at Rhode Island School
of Design and is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Work Center Summer
Workshop. Hereceived his MFA
from YaleUniversity and his BFA from CornellUniversity, Ithaca, NY.He has been a visiting artist
and instructor at Art New England workshop at BenningtonCollege, NewSchool for Social Research, Christie's New York Art Course, CornellUniversity and at Yale School of Art.In 1990,
he was a Fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.He has had one person exhibitions
Billis Gallery, New York; Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown;
Hudson D. WalkerGallery at the FineArtsWorkCenter in Provincetown; Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA.Group exhibitions include 450 Gallery, New York, NY; Lamia Ink! New York; Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown; New Editions
Fair, New York; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Water
Street Studios, New York, among others.
Jungle Press is a noted print workshop in New York City.
For further details
and photographs, please call Wendelin Glatzel at The BOATHOUSE
Gallery at 508-487-6096.
The BOATHOUSE Gallery is located in Provincetown's East End, on the beach, at the intersection
of Bangs and Commercial Streets.