Artspace Liberti is proud to present its December exhibition, a series of works by Thomas Vance. The reception for Mr. Vance will be on Friday, December 6 from 6-9pm.
Thomas Vance makes paintings, drawings, and sculpture that explore the visual and structural relationships between architecture and the natural world. This preoccupation has been a constant through various bodies of his work, previously addressing this theme abstractly, but more recently applying overt references to historical Japanese architectural spaces. He is fascinated by the interplay between interior and exterior space found in the Japanese design aesthetic, offering sensitively organized geometries with unifying textures and rhythms to create nuanced experiences of clarity and order. Key features gleaned from these sites play a prominent role in his studio research: the flow of wood grain patterns, the raked gravel of the adjoining rock gardens, the asymmetrical layout of the footprint of a building, the decorative flourish of a wall painting or recessed space adorned with a hanging scroll, the framing of a garden space. Combining and reordering the dynamics of these references allows Vance to synthesize and formalize what he finds so intriguing in these spaces, making concrete through material and image these ideas in a multitude of ways. The integration of text inserts names of places or people associated with specific sites.