HAZARDS presents three prints from a suite of works by David Row (b.1949 Portland, Maine) printed at Two Palms Press in New York City. While McClain Gallery has previously exhibited his paintings, works on paper, and sculptures in cast glass, this online exhibition showcases Row's longstanding relationship with printmaking-which dates back to 1989.
"This new body of work furthers Row’s long-standing interest in exploring the tensions framed by particular juxtapositions: body and mind; artist and viewer; fragments and wholes; meaning and ambiguity; stability and instability; structure and chance; objects and images. In these new silkscreens, rich, deep hues and crisp whites are contained within dynamic, irregular shapes and are contrasted by thin lines of bright color. The UV ink with which the silkscreens are printed allows the artist to build up color in a way that creates ample texture and gives the appearance that the surface has been torn or scraped, allowing color to come through from beneath. The energy and motion of the shapes are countered by an underlying geometric logic that is a constant in Row's work." –Two Palms Press
Row has pursued his professional career as a painter living and working in New York City since graduating from Yale (MFA 1975, BA cum laude 1972). Throughout the 70s and 80s, Row was a prominent member of a new young generation of abstract painters, including Ross Bleckner, Christian Eckart, Peter Halley, and Mary Heilmann. In 1995, Row was included in the contemporary survey show, Critiques of Pure Abstraction, curated by Mark Rosenthal, which traveled widely to the Armand Hammer Museum of Art at UCLA, the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston, and three other institutions. In 2013, Row's work was seen in Conceptual Abstraction, curated by Pepe Karmel and Joachim Pissarro, a show that reprised an important 1991 exhibition of the same name at Sidney Janis Gallery. Row has lectured and taught at numerous institutions, including The Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Fordham University, and currently at the MFA Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
His works are in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including The Brooklyn Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He has exhibited internationally including with Von Lintel Gallery in New York, with Brandstetter & Wyss, Zurich, Von Lintel and Nusser, Munich, Marella Arte, Milan, Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg and Paris and Andre Emmerich in New York. This is his third solo show at McClain Gallery.