De Buck Gallery and Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe are pleased to present exhibitions curated by artist Brian Alfred during the summer of 2015. The Search for the Real, showing at De Buck Gallery, will be on view from July 9 through August 7. Black/White will be on view from July 9 through August 14 at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe. Receptions for both exhibitions will take place at their respective galleries on July 23 from 6–8pm.
The two exhibitions present a wide array of artists working over varied methods and subject matter. As a working artist, Alfred curated together many of his contemporaries, alongside established names like Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell and Turi Simeti. He conceived both exhibitions independently, yet they share ties of a restriction of palette.
The Search For The Real brings together artists whose work explores the boundaries of painting in a direct physical manner. Materiality and process are the focus of these artists who deal with abstraction via those means. The title of the exhibition is taken from the collected essays of Hans Hoffman, who in his essays challenged painting to describe depth in different ways, outside of points and lines, to create pictorial space. The artists in this show use different means to push the conventions of space in painting. Works by Jo Baer, Joseph Cohen, Peter Demos, Chris Duncan, Matt Mignanelli, Augustus Nazzaro, Ann Pibal, Turi Simeti, Suzanne Song and Ryan Wallace will be included in the exhibition.
Black/White was curated in an opposite manner. Alfred chose various artists who deal with varied subject matter and asked them to make work for the show with the limited palette of black and white. The interest was to ask artists, many whom do not work in this restricted manner, to create something outside of their normal working method. The result is a collective of artists who may not normally be shown together with seemingly little in common and creating a dialog between their works with the unity of palette. Not only is Alfred interested in the way these works interact in the show, but also, the idea of the act of throwing fellow artists a curveball in the studio, which may lead to ideas and decisions that the artist may not have originally considered. Exhibiting artists include Nick Aguayo, Brian Alfred, Diana Al-Hadid, Kevin Appel, Matthew Chambers, Gerald Davis, Jay Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Austin Eddy, Chie Fueki, Jackie Gendel, Luis Gispert, Jacob Hashimoto, Al Held, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Ridley Howard, Shay Kun, Andrew Kuo, Patrick Lee, Gina Magid, Matt Mignanelli, Joseph Montgomery, Robert Motherwell, Liz Nielsen, Carlos Rolón, Dana Schutz, James Siena, Wendy White, and Liat Yossifor. LaMontagne Gallery in Boston presented an earlier edition of this in 2014.
The Search for the Real and Black/White reiterate Alfred’s ties to both galleries. An artist represented by Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, he recently had his February 2015 exhibit, It Takes A Million Years To Become Diamonds So Let’s All Just Burn Like Coal Until The Sky Is Black. In early 2014, Alfred, as part of his collaboration with Brooklyn-based Woodpoint + Kingsland, curated an exhibition of artist-designed skateboards at De Buck which featured artists from Diana Al-Hadid to Katherine Bernhardt.
Brian Alfred was born in 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1999 from Yale University. Afterwards, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.