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Ponder - Klos, Walton, & White

  • Gross McCleaf Gallery 127 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19102 United States (map)
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"Ponder"
Matt Klos - Tom Walton - Sophie White
October 3-26, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 5-7 pm

Matt Klos, Tom Walton, and Sophie White create paintings which are only possible through the thoughtful and close examination of the world around them. Unlike unbiased inquiries where one attempts to be an impartial observer, these artists allow their thoughts, feelings, and emotions to guide and direct their re-presentation of the real places, objects, and people in their lives. Collaborating with the naturally occurring and the deliberately selected, these artists make subtle but significant choices in how they communicate what they observe with their viewers. The obvious subject fades away and the underlying interests, choices, mood, and meanings begin to surface. The slow time these artist spend in examining and engaging the world is distilled for the rest of us on the surface of the painting. Through it we are invited to give our own corresponding time and consideration.

Calling attention to the structural in the ordinary, Matt Klos's compositions emphasize the compositions one cultivates in his casual domestic spaces. Klos presents views which acknowledge the fiction of the canvas while still being fully invested in depiction of a recognizable utilitarian space. By emphasizing his compositional decisions, his illusions are acknowledged and then quickly accepted as the viewers become a willing audience instead of the deceived.

Tom Walton brings a rigor and curiosity to his paintings composed of arrangements of objects and posing models. Through his scrutiny of external appearances and his interpretation of spatial relationships, he creates room and space to capture the psychological themes that underlie his choices. The recording and accumulation of his individual marks add up to reveal deeper meanings which only reveal themselves through the passage of time.

Sophie White intensely connects to the places she paints. Her subjects are not casually selected picturesque vistas but are rather highly considered choices which carry an emotional significance to her as she relates to her city-environment. The internal affection and connections to her subjects surpass their superficial appearances and are revealed in her paint handling.

Matt Klos attended the University of Maryland, College Park for his MFA and the Columbus College of Art & Design for his BFA. Tom Walton was a student of Carlo Pittore before earning his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and then later his MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sophie White studied at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY earning her BFA. She completed her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2017.

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Kensington: Home
Later Event: October 5
The Disappearing Ground