PRESS RELEASE

Undercurrent
20 July - 9 September 2006

Frederieke Taylor Gallery is pleased to present Undercurrent, curated by An Hoang, featuring Alison Fox, Olive Ayhens, Benjamin Britton, and Michael Hayden.The opening reception will be Thursday, July 20, 6-8pm.

There is a certain degree of disorder or uncertainty in our system; often a loss of information in a transmitted message and a sense of fragility that lies within our modern society. This exhibition reveals the subconscious perception of entropy in our lives. Included in this exhibition are four artists that have elements of this notion in their work.

Alison Fox’s abstract paintings are colorful and layered, utilizing an array of techniques in her brushwork. Based on caricatures of nature, the result is an expressive canvas of color and swirling movement with moments of quietness, creating order within disorder.

The watercolors by Olive Ayhens depict vertiginous cityscapes and frenetic modern interiors. Altered perspectives, often from bird’s eye views, show the system of a city we typically experience at street level.

Benjamin Britton’s paintings convey moments from his daily experiences. The juxtaposition of these layered memories and events create blurred movements where “…viewers are encouraged by…different states of seeing to feel as if they’ve temporarily lost the facility to control their own balance.”

In Michael Hayden’s drawings, segments of landscape are built on scaffolds and structures that reference the ways that memory, whether personal or collective, is constructed.

These artists all have a common thread of revealing a buzzing undercurrent in our daily experience; perhaps internal and not always visually perceived. There’s an underlying force or influence often contrary to what is superficially evident.

Alison Fox lives and works in NYC. She received her MFA from Hunter College, NYC and has been in recent group shows at Sikkema Jenkins, Stux Gallery, Cherry Martin, and Marc Selwyn. Olive Ayhens, originally from San Francisco, CA was a 2006 recipient of the Guggenheim award. Currently living and working in New York, she’s received numerous awards including the Gottlieb, Pollock-Krasner, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe studio grant. Benjamin Britton graduated from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and is currently in the MFA program at UCLA. Recently, he was in a two person show at Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, and several shows in Long Beach, CA. Michael Hayden graduated from Cooper Union, NYC in 2004 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the same year. He lives and works in New York and has been in recent group shows at Guild and Greyshkul gallery.