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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Nine Faces ” featuring works byMark Grotjahn in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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This is a painting titled Untitled (Geo Abstract Reveal Face 41.61) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2011. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 108.25 inches by 73.25 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Vertical Red and Black Face 41.59) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2011. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 112.5 inches and 72.25 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Distinguished Multiple V's Late Monet Face 41.34) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2010. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 119.475 inches and 84.475 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Vertical Almond face 41.04) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2010. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 108.125 inches and 73.25 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Into the White Waterfall Face 41.28) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2010. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 96.625 inches and 73.75 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Lotus Paul Signac Face 41.31) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2010. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 93.25 inches and 72.375 inches. This is a painting titled (S 1 Full Frontal Face 41.25) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2009 to 2010. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 101.5 inches by 72.25 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Side Swiped and Carved Face 41.32) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2009 to 2010. The materials are oil on cardboard mounted on linen, and the dimensions are 106.25 inches and 70.25 inches.

Press Release

Mark Grotjahn

Nine Faces

May 5 –
June 25, 2011

April 20, 2011—Mark Grotjahnʼs third solo show at Anton Kern Gallery is comprised of nine large-scale Face paintings. In an apparent departure from the monochrome Butterfly paintings of his 2007 gallery show, the new works are based on the simple geometric structure of eyes, nose, and mouth. The Face paintings are polychrome, made up of innumerable ropy lines of color, and built-up in relief-like and tactile layers of thick, lively paint. The motif of the face, however, has been a constant, although often invisible, presence in Grotjahnʼs work, not only as a model for symmetry, but also as an underlying initial gesture of a face brushed onto the canvas before becoming obscured by the subsequent painting process.

 

In the catalog essay (to be published in June), painter Carroll Dunham describes the phenomenon of Grotjahnʼs faces: “[They] are readable to varying degrees from painting to painting in the torrents of colored lines that are the basic unit of activity. […] They weave complex spaces that may really be the subject of the work. Faces are the nominal subject, but the lines seem to pass around and through them, almost as though the faces are already physically present and the lines cascade over them like fast water over rocks, revealing their contours by inference.”

 

Grotjahnʼs new paintings demonstrate that the spirit of the face – wild, untamed, animalistic, free and limitless – motivates the artistʼs entire oeuvre.

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