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Solo show: Landon Metz - Still (over)

8 September 2012 until 13 October 2012

7, rue Saint-Claude
75003 Paris
France (city map)

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TORRI is plea­sed to an­nounce for its se­cond an­ni­ver­sa­ry ope­ning Still, a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of new works by New York based ar­tist Lan­don Metz.

Re­flec­ting an on­going in­ter­est in ap­proa­ching ma­te­rial pro­cess as sub­ject, this new se­ries of pain­tings finds Metz conti­nuing his recent ex­pe­ri­men­ta­tion with co­lo­red dyes pou­red onto un­pri­med can­vas. Al­lo­wing the na­tu­ral ten­den­cies of his ma­te­rials to off­set his own in­ten­tions, Metz uses both brush and hand to re­spond to the dyes, an ins­tinc­tual but de­ci­sive pro­cess in which com­po­si­tion and content re­veal them­selves gra­dual­ly. As the pig­ment even­tual­ly soaks into the un­pri­med can­vas, the pic­ture plane be­comes a ho­mo­ge­neous tex­tu­ral field, a sta­tic do­cu­ment whose ele­gance, spa­tial nuance, and vi­sual depth re­flect a skill­ful and de­li­be­rate hand­ling of form, scale, and color.

The pain­tings on dis­play in Still are ul­ti­ma­te­ly about doing away with no­tions of se­pa­ra­tion, whe­ther it be bet­ween ar­tist and me­dium, ma­te­rial and ground, color and shape, or po­si­tive and ne­ga­tive space.

As is al­ways the case in Metz’s work, the pain­tings are at once in­tel­lec­tual and in­ti­mate, ex­pan­ding the scope of his for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tions while in­vi­ting the au­dience to consi­der the lar­ger dis­cus­sions of per­cep­tion, mind­ful­ness, and in­ter­con­nec­tion that drive his prac­tice.

Lan­don Metz is an Ame­ri­can ar­tist wor­king in pain­ting and sculp­ture. Metz was born in 1985 in Phoe­nix, Ari­zo­na and cur­rent­ly lives and works in New York City. His work has been ex­hi­bi­ted throu­ghout the U.S. and in Ca­na­da, Mexi­co, Ger­ma­ny and France. Se­lec­ted solo and group ex­hi­bi­tions in­clude Still, TORRI, Paris, Dream­ti­gers, Ed. Varie, New York, Can’t Stop Rock Lobs­ter, Mar­tos, New York, His­to­ria Mys­te­ria, Ren­wick, New York and So­me­thing To Dance To, Pre­teen Gal­le­ry, Mexi­co City.

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