JAMES GORTNER Transformer, Sept 10 – Oct 10, 2015
Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to announce "Transformer," a new solo exhibition by James Gortner. "Transformer" continues Gortner's exploration of artistic production through works that incorporate both original and found elements. However, unlike his last exhibition whereby he assembled and painted upon found paintings in their entirety, in "Transformer" Gortner cuts and collages pieces from an even wider range of found paintings and discarded objects, incorporating them into a new composition.
By layering the face of his panels with cut canvas, pieces, and parts of pre-existing found work, Gortner affects a beguiling surface beyond the two-dimensional picture plane. "Transformer" is, in a sense, a collective meta-sculpture of discarded energy that evidences the artist's own deftness of hand, supported by elements extracted from other artists' paintings and found objects. It is in this collaboration that Gortner draws his boundaries, asking the viewer to suspend traditional expectations of art making (that each painting should be original and authored in its totality by one artist) and instead consider how collaboration - whether blind or solicited - expresses a new authenticity and content ownership. Each work in "Transformer", much like an electrical transformer is, therefore, an energy mediation between the original intent of found work, and the new narrative of Gortner's creation.