Works by Hilary Irons and Jarid del Deo
Curated by Able Baker Contemporary
May 24 – July 19 in the Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts
Opening Reception: Friday, May 24 from 5:00 to 8:00PM (with MAPS and AIA Awards exhibits)
In the forest, the different elements making up the physical composition of the environment are described as being organized into layers. The layer that lies directly below the first plants on the forest floor is called the O Horizon. Invisible to the forest’s visitors, the O Horizon acts as a threshold between the seen and unseen worlds of that ecosystem.
Working with the idea of a threshold between seen/unseen, known/unknown, and visible/invisible, three artists use the language of the forest to explore these dynamics. Leon Benn’s work embodies the sensibility of gradual accumulation in his painting technique, while thematically evoking the growth of the forest at its base. Jarid del Deo’s paintings introduce a sense of wariness into the landscape, through the suggestion of recently-vanished interlopers within carefully organized compostions. Hilary Irons uses pattern and geometry to offset the chaos of the forest’s tangled growth.
O Horizon presents the work of these artists as a response to both visual and natural histories; an urge to categorize and explain encountering tension when mystery is allowed to breathe and grow. The artwork presented here, like the O Horizon in nature, works on a level that does not always disclose its origins, but instead allows density to create its own structure.
(Pictured: Manuscript by Hilary Irons)