Installation view, 'Flat Earth Conspiracy' 2016

Installation view, 'Flat Earth Conspiracy' 2016

Installation view, 'Flat Earth Conspiracy' 2016

Installation view, 'Flat Earth Conspiracy' 2016

Installation view, 'Flat Earth Conspiracy' 2016

Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok

Paul Rouphail
Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok, 2016
Oil on Canvas
32 x 40 inches
PRoup 1

Puzzle Piece

Alexi Worth

Puzzle Piece, 2015-16

Acrylic on mesh

22 x 30 inches

AWorthp 6

Diving Sticks

Kathryn Goshorn
Diving Sticks, 2016
Acrylic, cement, paint texture additive and epoxy putty on plywood
24 x 24 inches
KGosp 2

Schematic for Thwarted Intentions

Paul Rouphail
Schematic for Thwarted Intentions, 2015
Oil on canvas
29 x 34 inches
PRoup 4

Swollen Knuckle and Mexican Tabletop

Kathryn Goshorn
Swollen Knuckle and Mexican Tabletop, 2016
Acrylic and cement on plywood
24 x 24 inches
KGosp 4

Swimmer with Goggles

Kathryn Goshorn
Swimmer with Goggles, 2016
Acrylic, cement, interior latex paint and resin on carved plywood
24 x 24 inches
KGosp 3

Vertedero

Lino Lago
Vertedero, 2016
Oil on canvas
71 1/4 x 71 1/4 inches
LiLap 52

Three Amigos

Paul Rouphail
Three Amigos, 2016
Oil on linen mounted on panel
14 1/2 x 16 5/8 inches
PRoup 2

Little Scissors

Alexi Worth

Little Scissors, 2016

Acrylic on mesh

Diptych: 28 x 21 inches, each

AWorthp 4

Humanities

Lino Lago
Humanities, 2016
Oil on canvas
27 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches
LiLap 53

The President-elect and a Wanderer Contemplate the Evening

Paul Rouphail
The President-elect and a Wanderer Contemplate the Evening, 2015
Oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
PRoup 3

Green Zipper

Alexi Worth

Green Zipper, 2015-2016

Acrylic on mesh

44 x 22 inches

AWorthp 3

 

Smoker and Mirror

Alexi Worth

Smoker and Mirror, 2012

Acrylic on mesh

36 x 27 inches

AWorthp 5

Man in Bathtub

Kathryn Goshorn
Man in Bathtub, 2015
Acrylic, oil and cement on plywood
30 x 24 1/2 inches
KGosp 1

Press Release

Starting December 8th, the George Adams Gallery will present 'Flat Earth Conspiracy,' a group exhibition featuring paintings by Kathryn Goshorn, Lino Lago, Paul Rouphail and Alexi Worth.

 

Rather than use conventional methods of perspective typical of representational painting, these four artists distort space and undermine the concept of 'surface' of a painting as something flat. In the case of each painter, space may or may not be logical, forms may or may not be modeled and the distinction between foreground and background is blurred. The ‘conspiracy’ here is an agreement among the four that the principles of illusionistic space, as in the creation of depth on a flat surface – is open to question.

 

This is especially true for Alexi Worth, who simplifies form and employs a reduced palate allowing his images to slowly coalesce into recognizable shapes. By using stencils and layering, the interplay between edge and volume creates an optical illusion, simultaneously flattening and exaggerating space. Lino Lago and Paul Rouphail both make explicit use of photographic imagery by transposing a technique of digital collaging into pure paint. Lago pictures an aggregate of cut-out, digitally sourced images piled up and disposed of in a virtual ‘Dump’ of pop-culture and current events. Rouphail interjects his paintings with motifs variously appropriated from the digital realm or classical painting that are ‘pasted’ on. He plays with focus and trompe d’oeil effects to create layers within his paintings that allude to a window or glass. The most extreme examples are Kathryn Goshorn's paintings, which move beyond the limits of painting into sculpture. She builds up and carves in the surface of her paintings with various materials to create bas-reliefs that can be convincingly realistic. The result is both at odds with, and reinforcing of, the images she paints.