MARFA, TEXAS. – An exhibition of paintings by Paul Kremer and sculpture by Clark Derbes will open Saturday evening, October 8, with a reception for the artists from 9-11pm at Eugene Binder 218 N. Highland Avenue in Marfa, beginning immediately after the Chinati Foundation members’ dinner.
A catalogue with an essay by Jack Massing reflects the title of this exhibition, “Frozen Territory,” and places the compelling work of both artists within the dialogue of contemporary art being made at present as well as the work’s significance in terms art historical precedents.
Kremer (born 1971) is an American artist whose artwork references everything but performance art.
He uses traditional methods, working with acrylics on canvas to achieve his distinctive style of painting. His artistic production oscillates between digitally printed meditations on the internet, and massive color field abstractions.
Kremer created the popular image series “Great Art In Ugly Rooms” and was a co-founder of the “I Love You Baby” collective. He has been included in publications such as The New York Times, Interview Magazine, Observer and White Lies Magazine.
He has exhibited his paintings worldwide, including shows at Makebish (New York), Marlborough Chelsea (New York), Wilding Cran Gallery (Los Angeles), Mark Flood Resents (Miami), Cardoza Fine Art (Houston), Site 131 (Dallas), and Fondazione 107 (Turin).
Kremer currently lives and works in Houston.
Derbes (born 1978) using a chainsaw, transforms locally felled tree stumps into complex polygonal sculptures.
Drawing on a variety of inspirations, such as early American folk art, quilts, and modernist architecture, Derbes masterfully plays with perspective, volume, and space to achieve a deft trompe l’œil, which subverts viewers’ expectations and perceptions. The geometrically shaped and richly hand-painted pieces slip between flat and three-dimensional forms. These sculptures buck simple categorization by simultaneously appearing both organic and refined; fissures and checking frequently appear on the surface of his wooden objects, exposing them for their honesty of materials.
He has exhibited nationally, as well as creating numerous site-specific public artworks. Derbes currently lives and works in Vermont.
Exhibition hours for this weekend are, Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm, with an opening reception from 9-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm; and by appointment. For appointments and further information, please call 432. 729. 3900.