Nancy Graves
After Image
October 11 - November 11, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Nancy Graves

Nancy Graves, a New York-based artist, worked in sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, theatre and film, and explored nearly every medium, method of production and form of presentation. Her art was rooted in natural history, evolution and science, inspired by data and technology as she enthusiastically imagined the future. Graves’ artwork is dynamic and complex, combining the past with the future, using layers of actual data and technical information, presenting a kaleidoscope of colors and array of representational and abstract imagery. Multiple and fragmented views from different vantage points, collaging representational imagery with topographical and astral maps, layering wind and wave patterns, all provide multiple points of entry into Grave’s artworks and imagination. Her use of data, maps and models from technology and scientific disciplines as diverse as paleontology, archaeology and astrophysics becomes the object and the art. The result is magnificent abstractions, dense with literal imagery, gesture, lyrical ribbons and swaths of color across the canvas.

This presentation examines a specific series of paintings, prints and sculptures produced from 1982 through 1989. The paintings and prints are characterized by and unique in Graves’ oeuvre because of their black grounds. The paintings from 1981 to 1983 and the prints from 1987 relate to Graves’ costumes and set that she designed for Trisha Brown’s choreography and dance, Lateral Pass, in 1985. The stage was black and Graves’ props were colorful gestures made of acrylic and metal suspended from wires in several layers on the stage along with other suspended sculptural elements. The dancer’s costumes were perfectly coordinated as they danced in and around those suspended artworks. The paintings from 1989 also have a black ground with the addition of painted anodized aluminum sculptural elements that are attached to and protruding from the paintings. These paintings demonstrate how Graves moved effortlessly between sculpture and the two-dimensional picture plane, combining the two art forms by painting her sculptures and attaching armatures and three-dimensional elements to her paintings. The sculptural elements made the paintings more literal, pulling the strokes and imagery off the canvas and into three-dimensional space.   

The optical effects explored by Graves in the paintings and prints with the black ground came from her study of color under Josef Albers at Yale in the 1960s and his important course on the Interaction of Color. The vibrational combinations of neon-like colors against the black grounds are evocative of “after images” and hence, the title for the exhibition. 

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Oil on canvas
1982
72 x 64 inches
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Klin Nancy Graves
Klin
Oil on canvas
1983
96 x 96 inches
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Everyone Scurries Nancy Graves
Everyone Scurries
Oil on canvas with gold leaf and anodized aluminum element
1989
46 x 40 x 17.5 inches
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Insatiable Wanting Nancy Graves
Insatiable Wanting
Oil and gold leaf on canvas with anodized aluminum attachment
1989
46 x 64 x 34 inches
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Radix Nancy Graves
Radix
Etching, aquatint and embossing on Fabriano Artistico paper
1987
35.375 x 44 inches
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Neferchidea Nancy Graves
Neferchidea
Etching, aquatint and drypoint on Fabriano Artistico paper
1987
35.125 x 44 inches
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Anifogile Nancy Graves
Anifogile
Etching and aquatint on Manani Acqueforti paper
1987
35.5 x 44 inches
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75 x 75 Nancy Graves
75 x 75
Screenprint on Arches paper
1984
29.5 x 41.75 inches
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Ciliate Nancy Graves
Ciliate
Bronze with polychrome patina and baked enamel
1983
40.75 x 42 x 20.75 inches
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Villain of Situation Nancy Graves
Villain of Situation
Oil, gold and silver leaf on canvas with anodized aluminum attachment
1989
64 x 62 x 18 inches
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Permanent Tension Nancy Graves
Permanent Tension
Oil on canvas and anodized aluminum
1989
40 x 46 x 29 inches
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These Vaporings Nancy Graves
These Vaporings
Oil, gold and silver leaf on canvas with anodized aluminum attachment
1989
64 x 42 x 18 inches
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Fracture 3 Nancy Graves
Fracture 3
Oil on canvas
1982
34.5 x 22 inches
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