The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce Sea Ode, the final show of the 2018-2019 season, juried by Sam Toabe. Sea Ode conveys personal interactions with the ocean, as a trans-sublime space, through the unique lenses of multigenerational artists Max Razdow and Arnon Vered.
“The subject of the sea is often historicized, but for contemporary artists it remains an alluring, devotional location and sometimes a material unto itself,” note Razdow and Vered. “A sojourn with the ocean is often now less particular to mechanisms of livelihood or distanced romanticism for artists, as it was in Winslow Homer or J.W.M. Turner’s day, but more an immersive and symbolic companion, a subject that allows for devotional and physical interaction within the act of art making, as well as psychic dives of metaphor that attempt to interact with the unknown.”
“This juxtaposition of two artists from different generations represented an exciting and unusual proposal,” says Toabe. “With different aesthetics, media, influences, and audiences, these two artists presented side-by-side will bring up productive conversations around how Abstract Expressionism has influenced contemporary figurative drawing and subvert taxonomies in display to challenge the usefulness of art historical frameworks.”
In Razdow’s “The Rift,” a mural-scale work on paper prepared with sand and ink on the seashore, figures pass through stages of life and into aquatic abandon, overcoming a lacuna of transcendence to find a form of peace. Vered’s obsessively generative touch in his ongoing series of oil paintings of the ocean’s surface lays a bed of motion in which waves become charged and supple, elements that are caressed into material.
Both artists include works that grapple with personifications of the sublime. In Razdows “De Vermis in Se,” sea serpents writhe below fathoms, preening as they engage the viewer through their blooming, sequential heads. In Vered’s “Rain Dragons,” postulated elemental creatures arise out of the accidental and passive articulation of water falling on paint.