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DEFINITION | FLEURY, STAMM, and SZAREK

 

JUNE 5-AUGUST 29, 2020

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DEFINITION | FLEURY, STAMM, and SZAREK

McClain Gallery is pleased to present DEFINITION, an exhibition of drawings by the late artist Ted Stamm shown alongside paintings by Sylvie Fleury and sculptures by Vincent Szarek. This combination plays off these artists' sincere, yet conceptual approaches to object-making. 

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Vincent Szarek

Untitled, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

16 x 6 x 6 inches each

 

McClain Gallery is pleased to present DEFINITION, an exhibition of drawings by the late artist Ted Stamm shown alongside paintings by Sylvie Fleury and sculptures by Vincent Szarek. This combination plays off these artists' sincere, yet conceptual approaches to object-making. 

These three artists explore structure, the plastic quality of fabrication and materials, objecthood, consumerism, and the removal of everyday reference points via abstraction and re-iteration. A shared interest in surface manifests differently in each artist's practice: the texture of graphite, in Stamm's drawings, finds kinship in Fleury's depiction of makeup powder, the smooth curve of the compact, also Fleury's, is reflected in Szarek's hand-shaped fiberglass sculptures encased in glossy urethane. Fleury, Stamm, and Szarek's all display a commitment to craft and time despite the varied modes of production each employs.

 

Vincent Szarek's (b. 1973 Westerly, Rhode Island) work combines two time-honored American traditions: minimalism and pop culture. His sculptures, both wall-mounted and stand-alone, possess an impossibly smooth refinement, a technique developed from his early exposure to automobile shops in Rhode Island and later work on motorcycles. It is this high-gloss, industrial purification of elementary shapes that allows Szarek's work to morph into something completely new. Triangles and hexagons soften into something not unlike the fender of a classic car. Large saucer-shaped discs reflect light from a convex center with a meditative softness and ease. Precision and seriality root the work, deviating from classically minimalist thought in color explorations and a penchant toward the handmade.

SYLVIE FLEURY's (b. 1961 Geneva, Switzerland) sculptural paintings pay homage to readily available consumer objects and cultural obsessions with beauty; here, the form of makeup compacts. With a nod to geometric abstraction and minimalism, Fleury's take on a mass-produced object seems fresh again. At an enlarged scale and its form portal-like, the hue of a warm blush feels atmospheric yet impenetrable. The finessed hard-edges of her nestled, shaped canvases emphasize the care she takes in emulating an object revered for its precision.  

 

TED STAMM (1944 – 1984) was a multi-faceted conceptual artist working in SoHo in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s. Many of his inspirations derive from observing everyday objects, experiences, and events, such as finding an abstract shape on the street (Wooster) or lines on a baseball field (Dodgers). While the drawings are entirely abstract and radically minimalist, there is a malleability in viewers' interpretations, and knowing the origin of the form in question is not essential to enjoying the object produced by the artist. The drawings in the exhibition are made of graphite, and are primarily black: a color that Stamm associated with "rebellion, rigor and reduction."

 

wooster

Ted Stamm

78-W-2E (Wooster), 1978

graphite on paper

22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

on TED STAMM's WOOSTERS SERIES

"Ted Stamm lived and had a studio on the top floor of 101 Wooster Street in New York from 1972 until his death in 1984. In 1974, Stamm started a new iconic group of work that he continued to develop throughout his life. The work consists of a rectangle with a shorter triangle attached to the left. They were titled “Woosters” because the shape derived from a form that Stamm had seen on Wooster Street. The importance of drawing is central to how Stamm worked and conceptually developed his work, attested by the numerous studies and finished autonomous drawings executed simultaneously with the paintings... The studies reveal that the cohesion of what Stamm exhibited was enabled by a great diversity of experimentation and trial and error in the studio. There, not unlike an engineer, he tested various paint types, colors and compositional options within the rigorously determined formats."

-excerpt from essay by Alex Bacon, Published by Lisson Gallery 2020-

WORKS IN EXHIBITION

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Ted Stamm LW-2C (Lo Wooster), 1979 graphite on paper 22 3/8 x 30 1/8 inches

Ted Stamm

LW-2C (Lo Wooster), 1979

graphite on paper

22 3/8 x 30 1/8 inches

$25,000

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Ted Stamm 78-W-2E (Wooster), 1978 graphite on paper 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

Ted Stamm

78-W-2E (Wooster), 1978

graphite on paper

22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

$25,000

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Ted Stamm LW-2H (Lo Wooster), 1979 graphite on paper 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

Ted Stamm

LW-2H (Lo Wooster), 1979

graphite on paper

22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

$25,000

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Ted Stamm 78-W-3D (Wooster), 1978 silver pencil and graphite on paper 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

Ted Stamm

78-W-3D (Wooster), 1978

silver pencil and graphite on paper

22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

$25,000

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Sylvie Fleury Flush, 2018 acrylic on shaped canvas 42 1/8 x 44 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches

Sylvie Fleury

Flush, 2018

acrylic on shaped canvas

42 1/8 x 44 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches

$75,000

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Ted Stamm 3 (8 Woosters), 1979 collage on paper 4 x 6 inches

Ted Stamm

3 (8 Woosters), 1979

collage on paper

4 x 6 inches

$9,500

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Vincent Szarek TBD (near black disk), 2020 urethane on fiberglass d. 48 inches

Vincent Szarek

Black and Blue OG UFO, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

d. 48 inches

$30,000

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Ted Stamm  DGR-35-4 (Dodger), 1976  red pencil and graphite on paper  22 x 30 inches

Ted Stamm

DGR-35-4 (Dodger), 1976

red pencil and graphite on paper

22 x 30 inches

$25,000

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Sylvie Fleury Essence de Teint (Golden Beige), 2019 acrylic on canvas on wood 49 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches

Sylvie Fleury

Essence de Teint (Golden Beige), 2019

acrylic on canvas on wood

49 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches

$72,000

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Ted Stamm DRM 12, 1980 watercolor on paper 4 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches

Ted Stamm

DRM 12, 1980

watercolor on paper

4 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches

$8,500

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Vincent Szarek  TBD, 2020  urethane on fiberglass  16 x 6 x 6 inches

Vincent Szarek

Untitled, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

16 x 6 x 6 inches

$7,000

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Vincent Szarek TBD (Yellow/Green No. 1 UFO), 2019 urethane on fiberglass d. 36 inches

Vincent Szarek

Yellow/Green No. 1 UFO, 2019

urethane on fiberglass

d. 36 inches

$20,000

Ted Stamm LW-2C (Lo Wooster), 1979 graphite on paper 22 3/8 x 30 1/8 inches

Ted Stamm

LW-2C (Lo Wooster), 1979

graphite on paper

22 3/8 x 30 1/8 inches

$25,000

Ted Stamm 78-W-2E (Wooster), 1978 graphite on paper 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

Ted Stamm

78-W-2E (Wooster), 1978

graphite on paper

22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

$25,000

Ted Stamm LW-2H (Lo Wooster), 1979 graphite on paper 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

Ted Stamm

LW-2H (Lo Wooster), 1979

graphite on paper

22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

$25,000

Ted Stamm 78-W-3D (Wooster), 1978 silver pencil and graphite on paper 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

Ted Stamm

78-W-3D (Wooster), 1978

silver pencil and graphite on paper

22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches

$25,000

Sylvie Fleury Flush, 2018 acrylic on shaped canvas 42 1/8 x 44 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches

Sylvie Fleury

Flush, 2018

acrylic on shaped canvas

42 1/8 x 44 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches

$75,000

Ted Stamm 3 (8 Woosters), 1979 collage on paper 4 x 6 inches

Ted Stamm

3 (8 Woosters), 1979

collage on paper

4 x 6 inches

$9,500

Vincent Szarek TBD (near black disk), 2020 urethane on fiberglass d. 48 inches

Vincent Szarek

Black and Blue OG UFO, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

d. 48 inches

$30,000

Ted Stamm  DGR-35-4 (Dodger), 1976  red pencil and graphite on paper  22 x 30 inches

Ted Stamm

DGR-35-4 (Dodger), 1976

red pencil and graphite on paper

22 x 30 inches

$25,000

Sylvie Fleury Essence de Teint (Golden Beige), 2019 acrylic on canvas on wood 49 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches

Sylvie Fleury

Essence de Teint (Golden Beige), 2019

acrylic on canvas on wood

49 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches

$72,000

Ted Stamm DRM 12, 1980 watercolor on paper 4 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches

Ted Stamm

DRM 12, 1980

watercolor on paper

4 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches

$8,500

Vincent Szarek  TBD (stand alone sculpture), 2020  urethane on fiberglass  16 x 6 x 6 inches each  inquire for individual images

Vincent Szarek

Untitled, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

16 x 6 x 6 inches each

$7,000

Vincent Szarek  TBD, 2020  urethane on fiberglass  16 x 6 x 6 inches

Vincent Szarek

Untitled, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

16 x 6 x 6 inches

$7,000

Vincent Szarek  TBD, 2020  urethane on fiberglass  16 x 6 x 6 inches

Vincent Szarek

Untitled, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

16 x 6 x 6 inches

$7,000

Vincent Szarek  TBD, 2020  urethane on fiberglass  16 x 6 x 6 inches

Vincent Szarek

Untitled, 2020

urethane on fiberglass

16 x 6 x 6 inches

$7,000