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Group show: Charles Christopher Hill / Mark Cesark - New Work (over)

5 January 2013 until 25 January 2013
  Charles Christopher Hill / Mark Cesark - New Work

525 East Cooper Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611
USA (city map)

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Like mankind, the utilitarian objects we use have a lifespan, a time spent functioning until they cease to function. We are all here for a time, a purpose and then we disappear. In the end, we hope that we are transformed into something divine. Mark Cesark transforms painted steel scraps from old cars, trucks, farming equipment etc. into poetic constructions. Each unique piece is a bridge between sculpture and painting. The objects he uses once had a utilitarian life, then a death and finally, a rebirth into his artwork. Mark looks at each piece as collaboration between man, time and nature. One might expect that art created from discarded material would have a raw, forbidding appearance but instead Mark Cesark's work has a gentile, captivating, warm and sensual presence. While Mark lives and works in Colorado, his work is exhibited nationally, and he is represented in some of the most prestigious private and public collections in the world.

A lifelong resident of California, it is the extensive travels in Europe that have influenced all bodies of Charles Christopher Hill's work from the early sewn paper work to the Kuba and cave paintings. No brushstrokes are visible on the surface of Charles Hill's paintings, yet the long and complicated history between artist and canvas can be seen by layer upon layer of pigment and varnish, which radiates out from under large lines of red or black. Hill's system involves the repetition of a simple motif - most recently a series of either red or black lines, spirals or dots. The complexity of the image is only revealed once one tries to focus their eyes on the canvas. Hill treats each painting as a diary, slowly recording each day's progress on the surface of the canvas until the whole becomes a visual signifier of both time and process.

Charles Christopher Hill is represented in private and corporate collections worldwide. His work is in the permanent collections of national museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Museum of Modern Art, the Albright Knox Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the United States.

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