Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jeffrey Dell + Yuko Fukuzumi + Clifton Riley + Adrienne Butler

Jeffrey Dell - The Ramp, 201122 Layer serigraph on yupo paper - 14 x 11 inches
My review repost from a show in Austin in October 2011

Just south of Austin in Wimberley, D Berman Gallery has organized four artists that deal with a feeling of breaking apart and pulling together. The show features new prints by Jeffrey Dell and three of his former students: Yuko Fukuzumi, Clifton Riley, and Adrienne Butler.

Master Printer Jeffrey Dell showcases his skill through layer after layer of color. Knowing the serigraph process, I realise it took an impressive amount of individually made screens to finish an art piece. You get the feeling of infinity or an endless parade of colors. These abstract images are more about skill, but Dell’s other series are more about his strange stories and inventive characters. A show of those works is pretty wild. Yuko Fukuzumi's colors and shapes reminded me of an outdoor festival; I can almost imagine smelling a spicy dish while looking at this work. The systematic constructed art work is highly evident. I think this is why the images are easily broken into parts in the work “Rotation in Disorder,’ and then combined together in a work like “Pico.”

Adrienne Butler has the most fun and whimsy work of the show. A circus like atmosphere over takes you the moment you step up to the installation. Each piece interacts with another and you get these delightfully colorful paintings on the surface of shaped wood panels. On closer inspection, the paintings resemble something you might see in a microscope.

Clifton Riley is the odd man out when it comes to color, because all his work is black and white, but the same kind of image themes arise in these drawings as well. You can see the image breaking apart right before your eyes. A feeling of a tragic loss from some kind of storm comes to my mind. However, some objects remain grounded, even if just barely, in order to give the idea of hope among chaos.

More shows need to feature teachers and their former students. D Berman Gallery
really helps us to place these artists in a logical context, almost reflecting back to the pre-Renaissance when students and teacher were always associated.

Take a look at more images of the show at

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