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sub-shapes

sub-shapes

Farah Atassi, Ashwini Bhat, Karl Benjamin, Guy de Cointet, Jill Giegerich, Alex Heilbron, Charles Christopher Hill, Jim Isermann, Casey Kauffmann, John Mason, Simphiwe Ndzube, Robbie Simon, and Leon Polk Smith

Cirrus Gallery & Cirrus Editions, Ltd. is pleased to present "sub-shapes," a group exhibition that deconstructs various definitions of figuration. The exhibition is the second in a series of shows that elaborate on the concept of "figures" in the 21st century.

As we have mentioned before, in terms of art, the figures usually refers to those works in which recognizable shapes are present. Yet as we consider this word more carefully and delve into its myriad of meanings we can come to understand the whole world through figures; people who shaped history; the ratio of gasses in our atmosphere; the numbers we have attributed to time and space; compositions of sound we call music; signs we read as language and forms created as representation of what was seen and thought that later turned into art.

For this ongoing exhibition project, that began in April 2021 with the show "Figuration," we consider figurative work, broadly understood as a way to move away from abstraction, a way to share narratives and express identity or a as a way to converse and critique with realistic representation. In this iteration of the project, sub-shapes introduces five themes or “figures” that we have distinguished: GEOMETRY, CODING, NARRATIVE, MOVEMENT and PATTERN. In the future, we will elaborate and dedicate specific exhibitions concerning these five sub-categories of the figure.

The themes in sub-shapes are featured across the works of the 15 artists whose work embodies and/or is rooted in GEOMETRY: Farah Atassi, John Mason, Robbie Simon, Leon Polk Smith; CODING: Karl Benjamin and Guy de Cointet; NARRATIVE: Jill Giegerich, Simphiwe Ndzube, Casey Kauffmann; MOVEMENT: Ashwini Bhat and Charles Christopher Hill; PATTERN: Alex Heilbron and Jim Isermann.

Image Credit:

Photo: Travis Lober; Image Courtesy: Cirrus Gallery & Cirrus Editions, Ltd.

[Ashwini] Bhat began integrating what she encountered during these trips [with Maya Khosla] into an ongoing series called Assembling California, named for John McPhee’s book of that title. With this series, she creates abstract sculptures that reference the geology and ecosystems of California.

Matthew Harrison Tedford, "Sculpting California, Post-Fire," Bay Nature Magazine, Summer 2021

Guy de Cointet

Sophie Rummel (I - IV)

1974

Variable

Oil on canvas

$125,000 (for set of four)

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Charles Christopher Hill

Stablinsky

1995

75 x 60 in

Acrylic on canvas

$45,000

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Photo: Robbie Simon

Jill Giegerich

Soma II

1990

50 3/16 x 37 1/2 in

Lithography with chine-collé

Edition of 45

$2,000

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Karl Benjamin

Untitled

1976

19 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.

Silkscreen

B.A.T.

$2,500 (each)

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Photo: Travis Lober; Image Courtesy: Cirrus Gallery & Cirrus Editions, Ltd.

John Mason

Untitled

2014

22 1/2 x 30 1/4

Lithograph

Edition of 45

$1,800 (each)

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Jim Isermann

Untitled

2002

25 x 24 1/2 in

Silkscreen

Edition of 50

$1,800

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Photo: Travis Lober; Image Courtesy: Cirrus Gallery & Cirrus Editions, Ltd.

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Iqhawa

Simphiwe Ndzube

2021

46 1/2 x 35 1/16 in.

Lithography, chine-collé, archival pigment print

Edition of 50

$3,000

Farah Atassi

Model in Studio 6

2021

37 1/2 x 30 in.

Archival pigment print

Edition of 45

$1,800

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Alex Heilbron

Stoppage

2021

48 x 60 in.

Acrylic on canvas

$7,500

Robbie Simon

Coastal Commercial Minerals

2021

30 x 30 in.

Acrylic on canvas

$4,000

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