This extraordinary exhibition features the work of Michael Cochran and Lloyd Martin, both of whom are represented by Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design and will be on display until February 21st.
We encourage you to visit the show and invite you to read about it here. If you would like information about any of the paintings and sculptures pictured here or would like more information about either artist, please contact the gallery.
The work within this exhibition portrays a dialogue that is characteristic and emblematical of ourselves and our culture: the rational and the emotional. Lloyd Martin and Michael Cochran both strive to create a harmonious balance between expression and structural form in their work, although approaching this balance from slightly different references. Geometry, mark-making, color and expressive brush strokes are all part of the technical vocabulary of this dialogue to create rhythm and strive for a visual balance.
Lloyd Martin uses the grid to establish a format for the language of geometric forms where expressive painting events can take place. Color relationships, brush strokes and mark-making all exist in this artifice. His compositions, that refer to architecture, are the result of intuitive placement and his reactions to the gestalt during this “act” of painting. The structural order of these compositional environments is altered and transformed by the gesture and emotion within these micro-moments. Movement and rhythm then become products of those bold and sometimes delicate gestures. The ongoing dialogue between the overall structure and the rhythm within each micro-portal establishes a dynamic balance.
Michael Cochran’s work draws upon ancient architectural references like Sumerian ziggurats, Egyptian obelisks and the tile patterns from other historical monuments and buildings throughout the world. He strives to bring those historical forms and patterns into the present by altering their structures and interjecting color and gold from ancient time periods.
It becomes a play between time and place and like Martin, the structure of architectural form and the emotion of color. Regarding the use of gold in Cochran’s work, it is a universally timeless and esoteric material that becomes a personal portal for the viewer, and a subjective symbol of situation and place, value and spirituality. Utilized and valued by both ancient and contemporary cultures, it has been an active element of his work since 1982.
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Awards and Residencies
2010 Painting Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
2009 Painting Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
2008 Painting Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
2007 Landfall Press, Sante Fe, NM
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Paper Rocks Scissors, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Connections, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2011 A Collections Exhibition: Montford and Bannister, Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
2011 Spectrum, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Ten from Ten the Director’s Cut, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Fall River, MA
2012 Mettere, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Interstices, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Shift, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Traverse, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
EdD (abd), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
MFA, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
MA, California State University, Fullerton, CA
BS, San Jose State University, San Jose CA
Grants and Fellowships
2004 Artist Fellowship, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO
1988 Residency, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
1987, 1988 Independent Artists Exhibition Grant, Artists Space, New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 New Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design, Newport, RI
2009 Two sculptors and a Painter, Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
2006 Winter Salon, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Winter Works, Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design, Newport, RI
2008 Works on Paper, Lesley Heller Gallery, The Viewing Room, New York, NY
2006 Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design, Newport, RI
2004 New Bedford Art Museum, Lower Vault Gallery, New Bedford, MA