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In Variant, Tryptic by Dana + Ruth Kleinman

VANISHING POINT

DANA + RUTH KLEINMAN

Collaborative Artists & Sisters Solo Exhibition
October 19 - November 12, 2011
 
Opening Reception
Saturday, October 22, 6:00-10:00pm
 
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro at 7:30pm

Dacia Gallery is pleased to present Vanishing Point a solo exhibition by collaborative artists and sisters Dana and Ruth Kleinman. Their work combines 3D metal construction and oil on canvas to create multiple paneled wall sculptures that varies in depth off the wall. From a distance the work looks sleek and high contrast with hyper-pigmented paintings showing through cutouts in shiny metallic surfaces, yet up close the viewer is struck by hand sanded intricate patterns softening the metal and textural multilayered paintings. In addition to the large-scale aluminum work, this exhibition also highlights two smaller series of works.  Seemingly opposite of the large scale works, the silver pieces explore extreme intimate space.  Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, yet strong enough in presence to hold a large wall. The preciousness of each piece is furthered by the fact that the metal used is 100% sterling silver.  The new two-dimensional series, “Contingence” in aluminum and oil on wood functions as a lighthearted departure from the three dimensional works.  These small panels are painted in a spectrum of bright colors and are meant to be rearranged and grouped in any number of orientations. Often working in diptych format, with two different mediums and two individual artists, the work certainly references any number of binaries, yet talks more about connection than duality. Pattern, color, and mathematical constructs tie the panels together to function as a whole.  Intersecting lines may be specific cross products in geometry, yet also represent the two sisters with paths crossing, or on a different level, how any seemingly separate entity can come together in space and time.

The Kleinman sisters not only cross boundaries in medium, but also in space as they live and work out of New Mexico (Dana) and Florida (Ruth). Dana received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA in Painting from University of New Mexico while Ruth received a BA in Metal at University of Wisconsin. Both were practicing artists separately before the collaboration began in 2006. The sisters quickly caught recognition with an invitation to represent the United States at the Beijing Biennale in 2008 running in conjunction with the Summer Olympics. Shortly after they were included in “Gen Next IV” in Kolkata, India highlighting up-and-coming young artists from around the world.  In addition the Kleinman sisters have exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums around the United States.

Process Description: Whether working large scale in aluminum or small scale in sterling silver, the process is quite similar. Shapes and lines are cut into sheets of metal, after which the metal is bent into an open backed box construction. It is then welded or soldered in corners and hand worked to create unique textures. Seen through the negative space in the metal, mounted from behind, oil on canvas is layered to create impressions that get more intricate the closer the viewer gets. The entire presentation and contrast of metal and painting is striking from a distance, as well as detailed and engaging up close.

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