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Craig Taylor

Monica Nydam

Exhibition Dates: May 15 - June 19, 2010
Reception: May 15, 6pm - 8pm

LaMontagne Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Craig Taylor. In Taylor’s abstractions, he creates paintings that are both direct and nuanced, developing a tension displayed through the simultaneous use of luminous color and graphic structural devices. The images that emerge are corporeal, airy, concrete, moody, lurid, aggressive and delicate. The exchange of these qualities places Taylor’s work in dialogue with gestural abstraction and the use of the grotesque in Surrealism. The contradictions that occur both internally within each painting as well as from one to the next generate layers of meaning through the formal interplay of paint and image. Representation in these paintings unfolds in a fragmentary and unfixed relationship, with subject matter appearing, dissolving and reemerging into a broader meditation on the nature of abstraction and the painted object.

LaMontagne Gallery is also pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Boston-native Monica Nydam. In a project that began with an advertisement on Craigslist for images of loved objects, Nydam has compiled varied takes on a series of images of a chestnut colored horse named Minnie. The viewer observes Minnie alone in the corral as she gallops, trots and walks. The artist’s subdued color palette and use of blurr effect creates an imprecise feeling to the images emphasizing a nostalgic aspect, while at the same time focuses on the abstract quality of painting as medium.

Craig Taylor was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin in 1971 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from Maine College of Art and his MFA from Yale University. He has had single artist exhibitions at March Gallery, New York and Test: Showroom, Berlin. He has also been included in numerous group exhibitions. Some recent highlights include shows at CTRL Gallery, Houston, Texas; 106 Greene, Brooklyn, New York; Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and Fred [London], Leipzig. He is a professor of Painting at Massachusetts College of Art.

Monica Nydam was born in 1984 in Worcester, MA and currently lives and works in Boston. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Recently, Nydam has exhibited in shows at Fourth Wall Project, Boston, Kingston Gallery, Boston, Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts College of Art, and Rhys Gallery, Boston. She is the recipient of 2010 Mass Cultural Council Grant in Painting.

Founded in 2007, LaMontagne Gallery is a 2,300 square foot exhibition space located in South Boston on East Second Street. Russell LaMontagne was previously co-Founder of LFL Gallery in New York City.

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