RUTH FRANKLIN / BYRON GIN: NEW WORK


April 23, 2010 – May 31, 2010

Adam Cave Fine Art Gallery

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RUTH FRANKLIN / BYRON GIN
New Works
April 23 - May 31, 2010

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 23rd
7-9 pm


ADAM CAVE FINE ART INTRODUCES TWO NEW PAINTERS TO RALEIGH

In a special Spring show, Adam Cave Fine Art presents two contrasting and new-to-Raleigh artists at an exhibit opening Friday evening, April 23rd at the gallery at 115_
East Hargett Street, downtown, a block from Moore Square. Figurative painter Ruth Franklin is an Atlanta-based British import while Byron Gin is a California artist transported to Chicago where he has lived since 2000.

Abstract canvases embellished with very real single birds or objects are the signature compositions of Byron Gin's paintings. These living and still-life subjects are confined to the colorful space they occupy. It might be a white-throated-sparrow, but then Gin might have chosen a realistic bowl of green tomatoes to set-off his colorful geometrically arranged canvases. He is both abstractionist and realist. The subject is always a surprise in its habitat.

Ruth Franklin, on the other side of this spectrum, zooms in, from some distance, on her human subjects, not confining them at all. Their heads frequently go beyond the picture frame, or, it might be legs, feet or even torso that is lost. Franklin's vision is like the view through a square binocular, reporting only what appears within its scope. Her colors are brilliant, her subjects have movement, their figures loose, and her composition unexpected. Some backgrounds are recognizable as places while others are simply swaths of color.

Both artists encourage the viewer to interpret the situations that are only partially represented in their works. There is great opportunity for story development on the part of the onlooker. A bird paused in flight or on a branch, for instance, maybe a boxer or three young dancers. But their palettes are often very different; he tends toward pastels, she to clear, raw paint. What fun!

The exhibit will open at Adam Cave Fine Art with a reception on Friday, April 23rd from seven until nine p.m. on the second floor at 115_ East Hargett Street. The show will remain on view until May 31st.

 

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