Rory Donaldson
P  L
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May 2 to May 31, 2008
Opening: Friday, May 2, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 6 pm

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present PLOT, our first solo exhibition by Scottish-born New York artist Rory Donaldson. Stemming from Donaldson’s body of installation and project-based work, much of it dealing with cultural identity and assimilation (and the complex processes of mutation associated with where they intersect), the new  works in his ongoing series, titled "SQCITY," take as their subjects symbols of movement, transition, and passage.
Through a digital process that stretches out the original photograph’s four corners, Donaldson finds unexpected beauty in the graffiti-tagged metal doors and traffic-clogged streets of New York City and other major cities. The central image of each piece (doors, subway platforms, intersections, etc.) is identifiable only upon close inspection. What greets the viewer from a distance looks to be large blocks of solid color, referencing perhaps color field painting. Stripes of pure color (the ubiquitous blues, yellow, grays and reds of city lights and architecture) streak out to the edges of the works. Moreover, the center images often offer complex studies of depth, perspective, and light, highlighting the extraordinary dialog between photography and painting that these works reveal.
In the main installation of the exhibition, Donaldson presents a major new work featuring 35 photographs in a grid that suggest the regular block pattern of New York City Streets. In this case, that’s appropriate because each of the images is actually taken from the intersection of where a street crosses an avenue in Manhattan between 18th and 22nd Streets and 3rd to 8th Avenues. The resulting network serves to highlight another element of Donaldson’s project in that the way the streaking colors of each piece communicate with those in their adjacent pieces begins to form a complex Tartan pattern, a motif Donaldson has used to great effect in his cultural identity projects for many years.
Rory Donaldson received his BA from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland in 1986; his MA from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Ireland, in 1987, and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, in New York, 1997-98. His work has been exhibited widely throughout United States, the UK and Europe. In 2007, Donaldson was short listed for the prestigious Morton Award, and as a result will be included in their group exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh in 2009.

Press

Jody Zellen, Artillery, July/Aug 2008

John Haber, haberarts.com, May 27, 2008

Publications

"Rory Donaldson", 2008

Rory Donaldson

PLOT
May 2 - May 31, 2008
Opens May 2, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Works

SQBLUE08

Rory Donaldson, SQBLUE08, 2008

SQMETROPOLISEAST08

Rory Donaldson, SQMETROPOLISEAST08, 2008


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