Front Gallery

John Torreano: Dark Matters Without Time

February 28 through April 8, 2018
Opening reception: February 28, 2018, 6-8pm

John Torreano: "Dark Matters Without Time" (installation view)
John Torreano, "Diamond Cut Oxy Gems", 1986-2018, gold leaf on 1/2" plywood, various sizes
John Torreano: "Dark Matters Without Time" (installation view)
John Torreano, "DM’s&Hot Stars", 2015, Acrylic paint & gems on Plywood panels, 84 x 84 inches
John Torreano, "Gold Rhombi 1", 1989, gold leaf on plywood
John Torreano: "Dark Matters Without Time" (installation view)
John Torreano, "Dry Wall Tear, Gold Wall Tear", 1986-88, 1/2" plywood, gold leaf, 22 x 16 x 10 inches each
John Torreano, "Sea Sky Gold". 2018, acrylic paint and gold leaf on plywood, 45 x 180 inches
John Torreano, "Sea Sky Gold", 2018, (detail)
John Torreano: "Dark Matters Without Time" (installation view)
John Torreano, "Sergeant with Gunmetals", 2017, acrylic and gunmetal gems on wood, 72 x 10 x 5 inches
John Torreano, "Gold Column with Gunmetal Gems", 2017, gold leaf and gunmetal gems on wood, 65.5 x 9 x 4.5 inches
John Torreano, "Column of Black Tears", 2017, acrylic paint and gems on wood column, 60 x 8 x 4 inches
John Torreano, "Pink Column", 2015, acrylic gems, acrylic paint on wood, 48 x 8 x 4 inches
John Torreano: "Dark Matters Without Time" (installation view)
John Torreano, "DM’s and Ultra Deep Fields", 2017, acrylic paint and gems on plywood, 84 x 84 inches
John Torreano: "Dark Matters Without Time" (installation view)
John Torreano, "Swimming in Nebulae", 2018, acrylic paint on plywood, 45 x 180 inches
John Torreano, Cast Bronze Oxygems, 1986-2018, Varied sizes Marque, Square, Rosette, Diamond and Tear
John Torreano: "Dark Matters Without Time" (installation view)
John Torreano, "C’s Dark Matters", 2017, acrylic paint on plywood, 84 x 84 inches
John Torreano, "SwC in Doradus", 2017, acrylic paint and gems on plywood, 84 x 84 inches
John Torreano, "Blood Spots in Doradus", 2017, acrylic paint on plywood, 84 x 84 inches
John Torreano, "Swimming in Nebulae", 2018 (detail)
John Torreano, "Dark Matters Collision", 2018, acrylic paint on plywood, 90 x 90 inches
John Torreano, "Dark Matters: Rose and Blue", 2018, acrylic paint on plywood, 84 x 84 inches
John Torreano, "SwC in Doradus Too", 2017, Acrylic paint & gems on Plywood panels, 84  x 126 inches
John Torreano, "Jewel/Paint, Paint/Jewel", 1986–2011, Krylon, acrylic paint, gems on plywood panel, 36 x 36 inches
John Torreano, "Jewel/Paint, Paint/Jewel" (detail), 1986–2011, Krylon, acrylic paint, gems on plywood panel, 36 x 36 inches

John Torreano: Dark Matters Without Time
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 28, 6–8PM

Artist Talk: Saturday, March 24, 2:30PM

 

Lesley Heller Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by John Torreano. Torreano is widely known for his colorful paintings on flat or molded plywood panels which incorporate acrylic gemstones set into painted and routered surfaces.

Torreano’s practice pulls heavily from the cosmic compositions of stellar imagery; constellations and nebulae serving as both inspiration and confirmation of his paintings. The exhibitions’ title, Dark Matters Without Time, takes this reference further, building on the relationship dark matter has as an unseen yet binding force in the universe and the parallel references in Torreano’s abstraction of undefined space as being enigmatic yet universal.

The paintings are created on a human scale. They envelop the viewer, drawing the gaze in and past the brush marks and routered shapes—which reference proto planets and dense gaseous clouds within nebulae—into the vast expanse of the works. Torreano’s brushwork also conjures an impressionist sensibility reminiscent of Cezanne or Monet with its energetic and gestural strokes.

Torreano has exhibited his works extensively since the late 1960s including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Lesley Heller Gallery will be showcasing pieces from several bodies of work including new paintings influenced in part by the artists’ time spent in Abu Dhabi—where he has been professor at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus for the past 7 years—as well as select pieces from his Gem Stones and Columns Series. Also on view will be a small selection of cast bronze gems. This will be the artist’s first commercial solo show in New York in six years.

 

 

John Torreano (b.1941, Flint, MI) has exhibited at major museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., and the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Arts. He received his BFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1963), and his MFA from Ohio State University (1967) where he studied perception as it relates to painting with Hoyt L. Sherman and Robert King.
Torreano is the recipient of a Nancy Graves Foundation Grant for Visual Artists, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and individual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council of the Arts. Torreano has been a Professor at NYU since 1992 and NYU in Abu Dhabi since 2011. In addition to object making, Torreano has given many comedic performances, which address contemporary culture/art. He is also the author of
Drawing by Seeing, Abrams 2007. John Torreano maintains studios in both New York and Abu Dhabi.