Michael Voss . Hier  2010

oil on canvas  14.5 x 12.8 in

Lael Marshall . Orange Stitched  2009

oil . acrylic and thread on canvas  20 x 18 in

Michael Voss . Predicament  2006

oil on canvas  14.2 x 12.6 in

Lael Marshall . Patch  2008

oil on cotton dishtowel . canvas    18 x 20 in

Michael Voss . CHOQUE  2010

oil on canvas  15.7 x 12.6 in

Lael Marshall . Green Quad  2009

oil and thread on canvas  20 x 18 in

Michael Voss . Notion  2011

oil on canvas  13.2 x 11 in

Lael Marshall . Dishtowel Burrito  2007

oil on cotton dishtowel  18 x 20 in

Michael Voss . portrait  2011

acrylic on canvas  14.2 x 12.2 in

Lael Marshall . Double Dollop.2  2011

cotton, thread on strecher bars  20 x 11 in

Michael Voss . untitled (to John)  2004

oil on canvas  14.2 x 12.2 in

Lael Marshall . Blue Dishtowel  2007

oil on cotton dishtowel  20 x 18 in

Michael Voss . Fenel  2011

oil on canvas  14 x 12.2 in

Lael Marshall . Soap Sculpture  2008

 

Lael Marshall . Soap Sculpture  2008

 

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MICHAEL VOSS  .  LAEL MARSHALL

Exhibition  .  this quiet commotion  . Sat Sept 3rd - Sat Oct 1st 2011

 

this quiet commotion .  'Schweigen,' to be quiet is far from the intent of these works by Michael Voss and Lael Marshall, which have left their Brooklyn studios and travelled across the Atlantic to comprise this exhibition.

Here the works consider the space and one another and resonate.

The 'commotion' is an internal one; an excitement, a challenge, or demand on part of the viewer as they experience the work. It can be perceived behind the first seemingly quiet offering, where there waits and lurks the residue of both artists' approach: the push and play of color and form until a conclusion has been found.  Beyond this, both artists address the viewer differently with their concretizations.  

Michael Voss's oil paintings sit like small objects, poised on the wall, demanding and defending the space around them.  Their seemingly simple compositions are based on the notion that simplicity, though desirable, is nothing stable. It is fragile, fleeting, dissolving into complexity in an instant.

Lael Marshall uses ordinary or found materials such as soap or dishtowels and modifies them, de-voids them of their original purpose, and offers them back, luring us with their familiarity, and then holding us captive with her unique vision.

Both artists have received in January, and May, 2011 the title of "Artist-of-the-Month' by BRIC Contemporary Arts, Brooklyn, New York.
© Sylvia von Niederhäusern