Dale Henry at Jones Day
Clocktower Productions presents the third and final installment of Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York, a critically-acclaimed retrospective of painting, sculptural works and writing by Dale Henry. Premiered at the legendary Clocktower Gallery in 2013, the exhibition traveled to Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in Spring 2014. The selection on view examines pivotal works in the artist’s career as a painter.
Works are on view in the lobby of the Jones Day Building at 222 E. 41st St. in Manhattan, New York. Visiting hours are 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and by appointment via email@example.com.
Body of Work (1976)
This series of flesh-colored paintings is a literal interpretation of the term ‘body of work.’ In the middle of the canvases, Henry has re-drawn, in resin, selections from his own earlier work in the Singular Paintings series. He included snapshots of the original work to be displayed on the wall in the same configuration as the paintings. This series brings the conceptual and material qualities of the work into equal consideration. The titles of each work correspond to the year in which the original work in the resin image was made.
Wet Grounds (1971)
Henry used a combination of linen, emulsion, gesso, acrylic, and resin to create subtle textures and reflections that change depending on the light in the room and position of the viewer. The artist compared the three qualities of light –its absorbance, reflectance and transmittance– to the grammatical tenses of past, present, and future. The use of transparent materials creates a ‘wetness’ on the canvas, and places the canvas and media on equal visual footing. The pieces can withstand long periods of outdoor exposure, and Henry encouraged them to be displayed on the floor and ceiling as well as the walls, and if possible, outside.
Gazebo (circa 1965)
Completed in San Francisco after Henry had returned from several influential trips to New York, these works demonstrate a break from his painting style of the 50s. Along with four other series that comprise what Henry referred to as the 'Five Groups," the Gazebo paintings are among Henry's first works in series. The works show an emergence of a quiet minimalist sensibility and concern with the grid that nevertheless retains a soft connection to elements at the edge of representation such as landscape and time.
The exhibition is curated by Tim Goossens and Beatrice Johnson for Clocktower Productions.