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Thanks to Andy Ritchie for the excellently-written “post-mortem” review of “Temporal Surfaces”, the show I guest-curated for White Walls this past month. Read the review on the Art Slant Pick List and if you missed the show, you can still check out the work on the White Walls website.

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Jessica Hess "Eureka - Day"

Kevin Cyr "Allen"

Temporal Surfaces
New Works by Kevin Cyr and Jessica Hess
Opening: Saturday, March 6th 2010 from 7-11pm
Show Runs Through: March 27th 2010

White Walls is pleased to present Temporal Surfaces, an exhibition guest-curated by Lainya Magaña that will feature the work of Kevin Cyr and Jessica Hess. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 6th, 2010, from 7-11pm.

Temporal Surfaces points to the relationship between space and time by uniting the individual perspectives of two artists separately exploring decay and abandonment in urban environments. The result is a body of work documenting the transitory nature of the contemporary urban American landscape, lauding these decrepit, graffiti laden, and often overlooked scenes as reverential places of beauty.

Working with photographs for inspiration and reference, Hessʼs exquisitely rendered oil paintings depict industrial sites and their graffiti-covered surfaces with keen attention to light and color. In the style of portraiture, Cyrʼs detailed paintings of derelict service vehicles, bombed with graffiti, are commemorated as the workhorses of a car culture society.

Painting in a historical style akin to ʻmodernʼ rather than ʻclassicalʼ landscape painting, both artistsʼ works are aesthetically realized, allowing for a visual experience that accounts for ephemeral beauty without being idealized or contrived. Hess and Cyr contemporize and push the boundaries of landscape painting by documenting the worldly and fleeting nature of urban structures; giving a deserved place of permanence to surfaces destined for change.

KEVIN CYR was born in Edmundston, NB, Canada, in 1976 and grew up in the paper mill town of Madawaska, Maine. Cyr received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published widely.

JESSICA HESS was born in Massachusetts and raised in North Carolina. Hess received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, resides in the A.G. Rosen collection, and has
received numerous awards. Hess currently lives and works in Boston, MA.

The opening reception of Temporal Surfaces at White Walls Gallery will be held on Saturday, March 6th, 2010 from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be on display through March 27th, 2010 and is open to the public.

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Artist Kevin Cyr has just launched a project on Kickstarter that you should definitely consider donating a pledge to. If you don’t know about Kevin Cyr, or the projects on Kickstarter, definitely check out the link to his project posted above. As a painter, Cyr is known for his tightly rendered paintings of graffiti bombed delivery vehicles. With his Camper Kart project, Cyr explores habitats and ecology through the intersection of form and function, sculpture and innovation. Check out the incentives at each tier of donating. For instance, a $20 donation will get you a silkscreen print of the camper kart. Keep an eye out for an upcoming show I’m curating with Kevin Cyr and another talented East Coast artist.

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