The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts is pleased to present Layering Constructs, a joint exhibition with the Delaware Art Museum of work by nationally and internationally known Philadelphia-area artists Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, and Antonio Puri, on view at the DCCA April 18 - September 7, 2015. Each of these three artists uses layering techniques in their work in ways that together evoke layers of human experience through time.
The oval has been an enduring theme in Margo Allman's work throughout her artistic career. Allman, who originally planned on becoming a biochemist, says that this biological form is the "modular unit" of her work, and the spare black and white compositions included in Layering Constructs are born from a consistent search for natural pattern, intricacy, and design. By repeating, gradating, and layering the oval element in her individual paintings, Allman creates artworks that, viewed together, contribute to a larger, sublime system.
Charles Burwell's large-scale triptych is a heavily layered field of vertical stripes and competing oval patterns. Like Allman, Burwell is interested in biological forms. However, Burwell also draws connections between nature and technology, manipulating digital images in Photoshop to create hundreds of different templates and digital layers for his compositions. The resulting "ordered chaos," notes the DCCA's Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art, Maiza Hixson, "gives the impression of having come from a genealogy or a computerized sequence of operations generated by an algorithm."
Antonio Puri's monumental 12-foot by 24-foot Birthplace is an abstract map of his hometown, Chandigarh, India, which was the first planned city in 1947 post-Independence Northern India. According to Puri, the work's gray palette reflects the ubiquitous concrete used in the city's construction. Puri introduces textural elements like soil from Chandigarh and string into the layers of acrylic paint that form his complex layered topography, encouraging us to shed our notions of "home" as being only one place.
Viewed together, notes Hixson, artists Allman, Burwell, and Puri present diverse approaches to the abstract visualization of nature and the built environment. Collectively, Layering Constructs showcases the work of three compelling artists whose processes and production generate a dialogue about our relationship to the visible world.
This is a collaborative presentation, coinciding with the exhibition Layering Constructs: Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, Antonio Puri on view at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, April 11 - August 2, 2015. For more information about the Delaware Art Museum, visit www.delart.org. For more information about the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, visit www.thedcca.org.
About the Artists
Margo Allman was born in New York City in 1933. She began her 62-year career studying under Leonard Nelson at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. From 1953 to 1964 she exhibited her woodcuts nationally, winning numerous prizes. Allman has exhibited in many one-person shows. Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and many private and university collections.
Charles Burwell received his BFA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in 1977 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1979. He has participated in many exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among others. His awards range from a Pew Fellowship in the Arts Grant to a US Information Agency Grant for travel in the Middle East, as well as residency grants from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Antonio Puri attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Coe College in Iowa, and the University of Iowa. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions in India, Austria, Santa Fe, and Philadelphia, among other venues. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in New Delhi, Stockholm, Sydney, and New York, as well as many other cities. His work resides in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art (Mauritius), Essl Museum (Austria), Musée du Chateau (France), and Noyes Museum (Oceanville, NJ).
About the DCCA
The DCCA is a non-collecting museum of contemporary art and a dynamic gathering place for the exploration of new ideas at the intersection of technology, art, and design. The DCCA's compelling exhibitions, innovative educational experiences and access to the artistic process inspire us to infuse creativity into our daily lives. Founded in 1979, the DCCA presents over 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society, as well as symposia, lectures, and tours.
The DCCA rents individual studios to more than 25 artists, who also exhibit regularly within its galleries and throughout the region. The DCCA presents a variety of educational and outreach programs, including programs that integrate contemporary arts into the public school curriculum, and artists' residencies that feature collaboration with underserved community groups. The center is housed in a renovated industrial building at 200 South Madison Street in the heart of the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront.
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