Who- Greg Fadell
Where- Re:V1ew Gallery- Midtwon Detroit
When- Opening reception Saturday, April 28th 2012 - 7pm 10pm
Re:View Gallery is pleased to present new works by Greg Fadell in his first solo exhibit entitled Nothingness.
In this body of work, Fadellas large black and white canvases serve as a container for both his physical painting process and his liberating mental exploration of nothing. With self-created brushes and water based paint formulas, Fadell successfully achieves a push-pull experience using only black and white layers of gesture. The contrasting tonalities draw the viewer in with a perceived sense of depth. However, upon closer investigation, there is not the expected thick build up of paint, but rather a thin film that deceptively resembles a photographic print a literal flatness of surface. This duality of depth and flatness provides a unique visual dialog each and every time the viewer engages with the paintings.
Fadell's work resists signifiers, concrete function, or imposed meaning it arises from a genuine connection with the profound experience of creativity. In Nothingness, he constructs a space for the viewer, one that is empty of distractions and the meaningless discourse of everyday life, a space where one can be immersed in the infinite possibilities of nothing.
Greg Fadell was one third of the legendary 1990s art collective, AWOL. Fadell, a U of M Film School Graduate and Professional Skateboarder has always been a study in contrasts. AWOL was a perfect vehicle for agitprop with a decidedly Detroit bent as they mixed and mashed up contemporary culture in a blenderizer of Film, Early Digital Technology and rapier wit, AWOL influenced everything from local artists to national Ad Agencies.
Fadell's brilliant use of limitation, has plenty to say about abstract expressionism, conceptual content and the art hegemony which makes these decisions as to what is important and what isnt, all in fluidly controlled black and white. If Mark Rothko had born a Skate Punk- He would be Greg Fadell
Greg Fadell "Nothingness"
April 28 - May 26, 2012
444 W. Willis
Detroit, MI 48201
At the Willys Overland Lofts, in Midtown Detroit