CHARLES CLARY | RYAN COBOURN Two-Person Show
December 12, 2013 – February 1, 2014.
Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to present our winter show, a two-person exhibition of Charles Clary and Ryan Cobourn. Charles Clary will be exhibiting paper wall sculptures and Ryan Cobourn will be exhibiting a new series of abstract paintings titled, Pastorale. The exhibition will be on view for a “Sneak Peek”, December 12, 2013 through December 21, 2013. The opening reception will take place in the New Year, Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 6–8 pm. The exhibition closes February 1, 2014.
Tennessee native, Charles Clary makes intriguing constructions formed by towers of layered, brightly colored paper. The sculptures, precise and labor-intensive, reveal a phenomenal color sensibility, and an original expression distinctly his own. Exact cuts and layered stacks of thin paper make up his geometric volumes of variegated textures and sinewy shapes. Forms are reminiscent of microbial colonies, sound waves, fractals and topographical landscapes. A palette of rainbow like colors playfully invite viewers to venture into the vivid creative world of Clary’s sculptures, ever-expanding, pulsing, and surreal. This is Charles Clary’s first exhibition with Nancy Margolis Gallery.
An abstract expressionist painter, Ryan Cobourn was influenced by the New York School, specifically the artists DeKooning, and Guston. Traditionally trained, Cobourn works from observation, memory and intuition ultimately leading to luscious reconstructed abstract expressionist paintings. His process is started with one or more exploratory drawings before the paint is applied to the larger canvas. The painting subject is not about specificity as much as an idea, or thought expressed freely employing Cobourn’s gestural brushwork and dreamy color palette. As one scrutinizes the artist’s canvas, shapes appear sometimes defining or suggesting where they begin or end, emitting throughout a mood modulated by brief meditative moments that erupt and engage. This is Ryan Cobourn’s first exhibition with Nancy Margolis Gallery and will show again Summer 2014 in a group show.
CHARLES CLARY received his BFA in Painting from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Clary has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group shows. Clary is represented by The Rymer Gallery in Nashville, TN, Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, FL, Patrajdas Contemporary Gallery in Ogden, UT, and Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY; this is his first time showing with Nancy Margolis Gallery. Clary’s work is part of the following collections: Music City Convention Center, Pierre Cardin, James Cohan, Savannah College of Art and Design, Arthur Kownehoven, Telfair Museum of Art, Pinnacle Financial, The Cosmoplitan Hotel, and AECOM. His work has been featured in numerous web magazines including, This is Colossal, Design-Milk, WIRED (US and UK), Hi Fructose, Beautiful Decay, Bluecanvas, Visual News, Design Boom, and My Modern MET. He has also been featured in publications including, 500 Paper Objects, Paper Works, Paper Art, Papercraft 2, PUSH: Paper and The New Twenties. Clary currently is a Professors of Foundations in Fine Art at Middle Tennessee State University.
RYAN COBOURN received his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and his MFA from Indiana University. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Cobourn has shown with Fischbach Gallery in New York City and is represented by Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto/Bay Area, CA, Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta, GA and Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, LO. This is his first time showing with Nancy Margolis Gallery and will show a second time in a group exhibition at the gallery in June 2014. His work has been featured in numerous publications including, Painting Perceptions, Painters-Table, Hyperallergic, Zagat and John Yau’s essay, “Twenty-Five Painters Under Thirty-Five”. Cobourn has shown in group exhibitions alongside the works of Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein, and Bill Jensen. Cobourn is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. In 2011, he was an artist at the Vermont Studio Center Residency Program. In 2009, the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation awarded him a grant for his curatorial effort, “Twenty-Five Painters Under Thirty-Five.”