January 9th - February 13th, 2016
Wave Pool was pleased to present a two-person show between local artist Emil Robinson and Minnesota artist Matthew Yaeger. The Other Window linked these two artist’s practices through an exploration of physical space, spaces between the past and the present, and the emotionally charged yet ambiguous space between dream and reality.
Both painters, Robinson and Yaeger are acutely aware of the limits of a rectangular canvas. Robinson uses this spatial conformity to direct his work. In regards to his new series Portraits of Scientists, he states, “The heads in these paintings are pressed and stretched into the rectangle unsure of their own space and always at risk of dematerializing into symbol or decoration. Is the head overwhelming the space of the field or is the field consuming and overwhelming the head?”
Yeager, also interested in the confines of painting, has stretched his practice to include sculptural paintings and freestanding floor works. In his own words, Yeager is “making paintings that not only have a strong relationship to surface, but also have been thoughtfully considered as a three-dimensional form, giving them a strong sense of presence. Hitting a balance between shape, volume, posture, energetic contrast, and intense, vibrant color, the paintings have their own sense of energy and personality. Working in multiple scales and modes of display the works have a range of references including figurative sculpture, busts, portraiture, and ritualistic objects.”
An artist talk took place on January 9th and the opening reception was directly following the talk, on January 9th from 7-9pm. The exhibition was on view until February 13th.