at Circuit 12 Contemporary through June 16
by Todd Camplin
I could kick myself for missing Circuit 12 Contemporary's last show, "Dream Continuum."
Linda Chalmers from Toronto had a piece in the show, plus there were several other
artists I wanted to see up close and personal. I did not make the same mistake with
their current show, "Surface Pattern." Between this show and the artists from the last
show, you can really get a sense of the galleries aesthetic mission.
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|The current group show hosts thirteen artists and some of the highlights I saw were the works by
John Guthrie, Thomas Spoerndle, Misato Suzuki, and Dean Monogenis. Boston based artist John
Guthrie, in particular, caught my eye with his bright colors on gray background, repetition of
geometric shapes, and I enjoyed how the lines seem to stack in ascending order. His paintings
have a motion of Op art without the gimmick illusions. With his multiplicity, I can see how
Guthrie’s work could easily flow off the canvas and onto the walls, floor, and ceiling. Looking
at his older work, I see Guthrie is really investigating the use of the line and how far he can
stretch its function.
|Dean Monogenis and Thomas Spoerndle are both New York City based artists. Spoerndle’s
current approach to painting is about the appearance of weaving in shapes of primary colors,
black and white to make deceptively simple compositions. With a few exceptions, Spoerndle
uses this minimal pallet to create targets. I see a little bit of Jasper Johns meets Bridget Riley
here. I wonder if Dean Monogenis is influenced by Mark Tansey and at least a little bit of
surrealism, because Monogenis’paintings channel the idea of imaginative landscapes. Some
chunks of land float like fantasy Concept art, while other scenes are invaded by minimal
elements. Monogenis’ work is topsy turvy, unbalanced, and precarious all wrapped
up in an undefined plot.
|An odd person out, but no less interesting is LA artist Misato Suzuki. Unlike many of the other artists
in the show, Suzuki’s mark making is less crisp, with loose lines and worked surface. There is a real
sense of organic spontaneity in these works. Minimal in nature, Suzuki maximizes the effects with
lines and muted colors.
|“Surface Pattern” includes artist: Dean Monogenis, Pepa Prieto, Misato Suzuki, Thomas Spoerndle,