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Porter Contemporary to Open INTO THE VOID Exhibition, 1/9

From top left, clockwise: Anne Marchand, Tom Wilson,
Roy Wiemann and Judith Mullen.

Porter Contemporary presents Into the Void, an exhibition of new works by Anne Marchand, Judith Mullen, Roy Wiemann, and Tom Wilson opening with an artist reception on Thursday, January 9, 2013 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

Into the Void presents the works of four artists whose work takes the viewer into another realm. Roy Wiemann, whose paintings often include a focus on framing and presentation includes large and small color field works that embody a sense of abstraction while Tom Wilson's 3-D works combine elements and mechanics of sound and amplification with the surreal resulting in strange and memorable still lifes. These works combined with Anne Marchand's paintings which bring energy and movement to the exhibition through excited brush strokes and saturated colors along with Judith Mullen's hanging sculptures and textured paintings that add elements of nature and familiarity through their sourcings of inspiration.

These four artists' works compliment and balance each other through color presentation and theory for a well rounded visceral effect that brings the viewer "into the void" of another world of calm yet energetic solemnity.

Into the Void will be on view at Porter Contemporary through Saturday, February 22, 2014. Porter / Contemporary, 548 W. 28th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC. Gallery Hours: Tues & Wed by appointment; Thurs 11 - 8 PM; Fri & Sat 11 - 6 PM. General inquiries: info@portercontemporary.com.

About the Artists:

Anne Marchand: Anne Marchand, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Auburn University. Her works have been included in national and regional exhibitions at the National Building Museum, the Southeast Federal Center, The Federal Reserve Board, Maryland Art Place, the Washington Project for the Arts, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Rawls Museum Arts and the Arlington Arts Center.

She has received numerous prizes and grants for her work, notably an Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and a residenCy Grant to Culiacan, Mexico from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Her work was most recently on the cover of ArtVoices Magazine (December 2013).

Judith Mullen: Over the past several years Judith Mullen's paintings, sculptures and installations continue to explore motion and space, the nature/culture divide and transformation. Sculptures and installations evolve out of the painting process by using materials already found in the studio along with objects found while hiking, (fallen tree branches, bark, stumps, rocks). Mullen marries these items to the handmade, along with fabric, wire, clay, wax, plaster and paint. The once cast away and forgotten is transformed into energized, an open container which speaks to illusions, history and possibility.

Mullen has been an exhibiting artist for the past twelve years. Her work has been shown in venues throughout the United States including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and most recently at the South Bend Museum of Art, Indiana. She is a recent recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, which provided her with an opportunity to spend two weeks at Grotte de Niaux, France, studying the ancient cave paintings, resulting in a solo show in France.

In 2001 Mullen received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the years she has received numerous awards along with professional residencies. Her work is held in both private and public collections.

Roy Wiemann: Roy Wiemann studied art at the University of Florida, going on to get his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Miami. His first forays into painting were doing super-realist large-scale canvases, using airbrush techniques and various masks. Wiemann worked in New York City for 20 years following his time in Miami and has recently returned to Florida.

Color and framing are two aspects that are most important in Wiemann's work. Color allows him to illicit a strong visceral response from the viewers, and framing captures a way of presenting the work to the world via Wiemann's vision-a seemingly rigid and composed structure guarding a maelstrom of ideas. Wiemann's work is part of various corporate and museum collections including American Express, The New Yorker, the Guggenheim, Bear Stearns, and the Smithsonian.

Tom Wilson: Born in New York, Tom Wilson attended the Art Institute of Boston and lived in Northern California before returning in 2001. Wilson is an artist whose latest work mixes organic and electronic abstractions with surreal realism and collage elements. The mechanics of sound and amplification are a recurring theme and speakers--painted and real--abound. Past work has shown an interest in strange still life arrangements and graffiti style compositions with ambiguous letter forms and unreadable words. Wilson's work has appeared in Green Day's music video "Warning" and the film "Sausalito" starring Maggie Cheung.

About Porter Contemporary: Launched in 2006, Porter Contemporary is dedicated to showcasing emerging and established artists from around the world whose work embodies both skill and risk taking. The mission of Porter Contemporary continues to be based on founder Jessica L. Porter's vision of opening contemporary art collecting to a broader audience. Over the years, the gallery has earned a dedicated following of new and established collectors who value art that pushes boundaries.

In addition to presenting many distinctive exhibitions throughout the year, Porter Contemporary also provides art consultation services, collection management and artwork installation. Porter Contemporary is located in New York's Chelsea district at 548 West 28th Street, just steps away from the beautiful High Line Park -- like the gallery, a place to experience art and life from a new perspective. http://portercontemporary.com/into-the-void/.

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