Skydive is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Brian Dupont (Brooklyn, NY) and Chris Rusak (San Francisco, CA). Although they work on separate coasts, both artists share an interest in the aesthetic possibilities for language and text in contemporary painting.
Brian Dupont came to his application of language in art through an interest in systems and expanding his paintings towards the notion of a specific object developed by Donald Judd. The work he will exhibit at Skydive originates with this practice, building the surface of the painting out from the wall and forcing the viewer to mentally assemble the graphic marks and fragmented language on disparate surfaces into a single image.
Chris Rusak’s practice examines psychological interactions with texture, dematerializing printed and pressed media in response to spatial and social stimulus. His collage work to be exhibited at Skydive uses deconstructed texts to create compositions that question the automatic nature of thought processes, particularly spontaneous emotional responses to language.
The artists would like to thank Don Macdonald, Greg Allen, Barry Hoggard and James Wagner, Laelia Mitchell, Florian Teppner, Elisabeth Nevins, Olympia Lambert, Laura Isaac, Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, Dorothy and Joe Dupont, Robert Boyd, Christopher Moss, David Hoffman, Richard and Nancy Nevins, Robert Pearre, Alexis Manheim, Brian Piana and Skydive Art Space for their support of this exhibition.