Contemporary painters Jack Dale and Shawn McNulty present new, large-scale paintings that explore the creation of unique organic structures in their upcoming show “CHAOS CONTROL” at Rosalux Gallery. Their process involves repeating components with a painterly approach that allows for invention and divergence. Abstract Expressionists are usually dealing with some sense of chaos and control in their work. The most interesting and aesthetically pleasing forms are often derived from the chaotic application of paint, while the artist controls how those forms can exist in the final composition. Jack Dale and Shawn McNulty have different approaches to the canvas, but the end result exemplifies both artists’ long evolution in their distinct painting styles with elements of chaos and control.
Shawn McNulty, a founding member of Rosalux Gallery since 2002, works his square canvas on the floor using acrylic and pumice with large industrial palette knives. He also uses his feet with a “shoe palette knife” in an attempt to discover new forms by modifying his control. His work explores the idea of recognizable shapes and structures living within irrational thoughts and emotions. The process starts out very spontaneously and becomes more detailed as the composition starts to show itself. The color fields interchange with each other, attempting to find common ground resulting in multifaceted and interesting edges. The process continues until a solution is found, always applying and mixing paint directly on the canvas, scraping away layers to reveal the ghostly characters of the previous. Professionally, his art has found its way into the world. The corridors of the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in midtown Manhattan display 200 of his 30x30” archival pigment prints, while his originals have been recently acquired by the corporate collections of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and General Mills in Minnesota. The Vartian Carpet Company headquartered in Vienna will be releasing a collection of large floor rugs based on McNulty's work in 2014. shawnmcnulty.com
Jack Dale is a mark-maker constantly digging for an image that will define his work. Although composition, line, and texture are all important elements in Dale’s painting, it is his masterful use of color that is the most fascinating. His paintings linger in the mind, and continue to evoke feelings long after being viewed. Jack attended the University of Minnesota on a hockey scholarship and played on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. He also played three years as a professional before an injury ended his hockey career. He approaches painting from an aesthetic point of view and has always wanted the public to remember his work for the feelings it evokes rather than the content it may reflect. Each line, color, and shape leads to the next in chaos defined by parameters. Dale’s paintings are random roadmaps, like the spontaneously rehearsed movements of an athlete. He has been a painter for over 40 years and is found in collections across the country. jackdalefineart.com
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