August 13 - September 11 2011
After a great deal of mulling around | | I have decided upon Caesurian Complex as a title for this show | | humored at the idea of the work itself and/or thought around it operating as a Caesura. This break or interruption is perverted in a way, allowing it to linger or attempt to sustain itself too long, if at all.
Between doing and not doing | | it is here that I'm interested in the spanning of that spectrum, of any spectrum really. Where the act of judgment is either caught in a moment of uncertainty and/or re-iterating and perpetuating itself to no end | | satisfied most when the rug is pulled from under your feet and you can have another go at it | | offering the viewer the chance to humor the varieties and potential ways to look at something, while regarding the moments I have chosen to evoke; hesitation, resistance, boredom, leisure and loafing to name a few | | thinking of these as highly active spaces and moments that are fleeting, for the maker and viewer alike. It's allowing the parts of the whole (or lack-there-of) to be revealed in a light, if only for a moment, that reminds us again of the simple process of decision making.
- Paul Cowan, 2011
Young Art presents Caesurian Complex, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Paul Cowan. The opening reception will be held Saturday August 13, from 7 to 10pm and the exhibition will remain on view through September 11, 2011.
Caesurian Complex presents a new series of Cowan's idiosyncratic music note paintings. These moody renditions still posses the same humor and frivolousness of their capricious and colorful predecessors. The five paintings are uniformly-sized, depicting music notes drawn in red oil stick on dark painted grounds. While the notes as subjects were once haphazard, here they actually denote E, G, B, D and F as they are subsequently titled: Every, 2011, - Good, 2011 - Boy, 2011 - Does, 2011 - Fine, 2011 - creating an occasion for a more explicit reading of the work.
The similarly casual fishing lure paintings undermine nearly all elements of standard painting practice in favor of a modified, even absurd, approach to painting as object. In these larger works, stretched monochrome fabrics are pierced with actual fishing lures. The obvious parallels drawn between the pastime of fishing and the process of art-making are secondary to Cowan's interest in the fruitful moments of boredom. It is here that Cowan finds a generative, generous place of possibility and multifarious meaning-making.
Paul Cowan (b. 1985) lives and works Chicago. Exhibitions include West Street in New York, Golden Age in Chicago, Hannah Barry Gallery in London, Green Gallery in Milwaukee, Jancar Jones in San Francisco and Important Projects in Oakland. Cowan was a recent nominee for a Rema Hort Mann Grant in 2010. Caesurian Complex will be Paul Cowan's first solo show at Young Art.