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2014
CONDUIT GALLERY @30
by Todd Camplin

A few things happen over the course of the summer months with commercial galleries. Galleries
close for vacation, galleries try some untested curator or artist, or a gallery will launch a group
show of their stable artists. If a gallery is going for the easy road of showing a stable group show,
how can the they take a fresh approach? The answer is simple, visit Conduit Gallery and you
will find a creative approach that takes even the seemingly easy road approach and makes
it complex and interesting. Nancy Whitenack’s and Danette Dufilho’s concept for celebrating
30 years of Conduit Gallery was to seek out an old piece and a new piece from their stable
artists. Then display these works together to create, in some cases, jarring comparisons.
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parts. The first part just came down this week and they are launching the second half this
Though some artists had radical shifts, others you could tell made slow and steady developments
in their work. In Conduit Gallery’s first show, Ted Larsen’s 2003 assemblage painting Batten may
look radically different from the 2014 piece Bird Dog, but spend some time and you will see the
similarities. The paint on the wood and the pure aesthetic look of both pieces feel like he keeps
an incredible continuity of thought and vision, and this runs through Larsen’s work. Vincent
Falsetta’s 1980 painting and 2014 painting both Untitled, had a similar rhythm and complexity
only the 2014 piece felt more amplified and refined. In the upcoming show, Jules Bucks Jones
2010 drawing matches the 2014 drawing in style and mark making. Only color distinguishes the
two works. I guess 4 years isn’t really much of a time comparison, on the other hand I have
known artists that change style like they change clothes. Buck Jones, like Falsetta and Larsen
are taking their time to develop the work rather than plunging into wild, unfocused
experimentation.
Conduit Gallery’s 30 year celebration will end August 30th. 30 years is an incredible run for a
gallery, since most barely last a year or two. Nancy Whitenack and Danette Dufilho have
taken a normally boring, throw together gallery stable group show, and put a nice spin that
reintroduces you to their artists. I look forward to their 60th year celebration in 2044.
Hope to see you there.

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Vincent Falsetta, Untitled, 1980, oil on canvas, 70x65"
Vincent Falsetta, Untitled DZ 14-2, 2014, oil on canvas, 60x60"
Ludwig Schwarz, Untitled, 1993, oil & enamel on canvas, 32x30"
Heyd Fontenot, I'm Not Your Donut, 1990, video still, 6min., 16mm film