Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Quinton Bemiller: Recent Work from October 26 – November 23, 2014. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, October 26 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist’s talk on Sunday, November 23 from 2-5pm.
More than ever, my recent paintings explore the relationship between abstraction and representation. Specifically, there is an emphasis on depth and atmosphere, contrasted by flat shapes and design. I am more consciously thinking of my paintings as views or as pictures, although they are fictional.
The techniques I use build upon both the Hard-edge and Color Field painters. I find it noteworthy that these two important modes of abstract painting have previously defined themselves by limitations. Painters like Karl Benjamin worked exclusively with flat shapes and opaque color, typically creating geometric compositions, whereas painters like Helen Frankenthaler worked with fluidity and transparency, creating organic works.
I am attracted to the possibilities of hybridizing these approaches. Abstraction was previously a denial of representation, a liberation from images. Now, it seems silly to use abstraction that way. The mission was accomplished. I am standing in a place where abstraction, representation and surrealism overlap. Modernism moved so quickly, with one "-ism" abandoned for another and another. Like many painters working today, I feel that I am carving out my own niche, keeping my work personal while picking up the pieces of Modernism and reassembling them for my own pleasure.
Quinton Bemiller, October 2014
Quinton Bemiller: Recent Work is Bemiller's third solo show at Offramp. It will be shown concurrently with Echiko Ohira: Red.
Quinton Bemiller, Strike-Slip, 2014, acrylic on canvas over panel, 36" x 48"
Quinton Bemiller,Sad Cypress, 2014, acrylic on canvas over panel, 48" x 36"