Press Release


surface and paint brings together for the first time at CRG Gallery the work of Sally Elesby, Terri Friedman and Pia Fries. In this group exhibition each artist will exhibit three paintings; Elesby’s constructed on wire, Friedman’s on mylar and paper and Fries’ on hollow core wood frames. Although Sally Elesby, who lives and works in Los Angeles, began working with wire over ten years ago it wasn’t until 1995 that she started creating the wall based works that relate most directly to abstract painting. Elesby’s shallow forms protrude only slightly from the wall, their flattened structure defying any reference to illusionism. It is the shadows projected onto the wall behind each work that provide an increased sense of depth, and the multiple cast images along with the varied silhouettes provided by side views, complicate our perception and comprehension of the work. (Dan Friis-Hansen) Terri Friedman, who lives and works in Santa Barbara, imbues her paintings with the same signature signs of her sculpture – breath and water. The metaphors of water and breath are common to Buddhist meditation. Friedman, who is aligned with the teachings of Buddhist activist and poet Thich Nhat Hanh as well as the theories of movement of Emillie Conrad Da’oud, made the transition from traditional oil paintings to installations of paintings in motion after finishing her studies at Claremont in California. Known for her raucous installations of fountain and tubing sculptures Friedman returns full circle to painting on her own terms. (M.A. Greenstein) The works of Pia Fries, who makes her home in Dusseldorf, Germany, disclose paint, its diversity of appearance inherent in the material. Paint is what these paintings are made of; placed into hard and soft folds as a delicate veil as a thick cover, shining skin and voluptuous drapery, dull coating and supple spread. Materiality and pictorial possibilities of the fact of paint are put into the picture no matter the risk, using an adventursome practice of painting including any and all imaginable methods for organizing paint. As much as her paintings are material, picture things which expand into the viewer space, they only realize themselves completely in the act of viewing. (Jens Peter Koerver).