October 22 - November 26, 2016
In his first solo exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery entitled, Bless the Mess, Mark Posey picks up the pieces of life scattered about him and arranges his droll interpretations of them into awkward, wobbly tables that appear to be lifted from the Cubist realm of cockeyed perspective. Posey's bottles, baseballs and bricks are oozily conjured elements that are stuck on the surface like an egg sunny-side up in a frying pan. Painterly rugs and squat tables are lifted up, parallel to the picture plane and studded with subtly dimensional, almost sculptural incarnations of animated beer cans and paint brushes that appear to have a life of their own, and even the tables have legs that want to rhumba.
Mark Swope's photographs are grounded in the aesthetic and theoretical approach of the New Topographic photographers, such as Henry Wessel Jr., Joe Deal and especially, Robert Adams. SFMOMA most succinctly described the movement as "unromanticized views of stark industrial landscapes, suburban sprawl and everyday scenes not usually given a second glance." Remarking on his new exhibition, Between, Swope states, "I always look for what is usually passed over. The subjects may seem unremarkable, but that is why I am attracted to them. They will always be in-between."