Ken Greenleaf: Recent Work
Berry Campbell is pleased to present Ken Greenleaf: Recent Work. This special exhibition will feature sixteen new paintings and wall sculptures from the artist’s three new series. Ken Greenleaf is a committed modernist working in the minimalist tradition whose work is embedded in a philosophical and theoretical framework. Most recently, Greenleaf’s artistic practice has been comprised of three series: Noise Signal, 3-Body, and streamlined shaped canvas paintings. Through his work, Greenleaf continues the engagement with relations between shapes and materials that have been the central focus of his art. While comprised of geometric forms, Greenleaf’s art has a freeform aspect, forcing us to mentally organize what we’re seeing into “ideas.” He perceives the edges of his shaped surfaces, the color of his raw canvases, and the borders of his painted areas as “direct essays in understanding how we apprehend what we see and how we recognize what is real.” The tension between flatness and the feeling of and desire for illusion in Greenleaf’s art brings us to a place between raw sensation and the conceptual, which is ultimately a metaphysical one.
Greenleaf, whose art has been shown widely at galleries and museums since the early 1970s, was recently included in Here and There at Cove Street Arts, Portland, Maine, curated by David Row. The exhibition featured sixteen artists who demonstrate and continue the longstanding connection between the art worlds of New York and Maine, including Katherine Bradford, Yvonne Jacquette, Cecily Kahn, Clair Seidl, and Don Voisine.
Ken Greenleaf: Recent Work will open with a reception on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition continues through November 13, 2021. This exhibition will be accompanied by a 16-page catalogue with an essay by art critic and historian, Phyllis Tuchman. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm or by appointment.
Ken Greenleaf, Monopoleum, 2021, acrylic on canvas on shaped support, 29 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches.