August 14, 2015

Clare Grill The names of objects might as well fall off

Freedman Gallery at Albright College
Clare Grill, Glass, 2015. Oil on linen, 50 x 63 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Zieher Smith & Horton, New York. © Clare Grill.

The Freedman Gallery at Albright College is pleased to present The names of objects might as well fall off, a solo exhibition of recent work by Queens, NY-based artist Clare Grill. The exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery from August 27 through October 16, 2015 and is organized by Erin Riley-Lopez, curator of the Freedman Gallery.

Clare Grill’s six large-scale paintings may start out with a specific object in mind, but that is quickly obscured through process and technique—which is why the title of this exhibition, taken from the epic poem Midwinter Day (1978) by Bernadette Mayer, is completely fitting. Written in a single day, the poem takes the reader from waking dreams through the day and into the night; it is the minutiae of the poem, tracing the day, which perhaps is what makes it so interesting. The same could be said of looking at Clare Grill’s paintings: it’s all in the details. One must spend some time to really “see” the work.

Grill will lecture on her work on Thursday, October 1 at 4pm in Klein Lecture Hall, followed by a closing reception from 5 to 7pm in the Freedman Gallery.

A full-color, comprehensive catalogue will accompany the exhibition, including documentation from Grill’s recent exhibition at Zieher Smith & Horton Gallery, New York as well as essays by Erin Riley-Lopez and Chris Sharp, a writer and curator currently based in Mexico City.

About the artist
Originally from Chicago, Clare Grill lives and works in Queens, NY. Since receiving her MFA from the Pratt Institute in 2005, Grill has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. Solo exhibitions include Zieher Smith & Horton, (New York, NY), Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA), Soloway Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Reserve Ames (Los Angeles, CA), Fred Giampietro (New Haven, CT), Edward Thorp (New York, NY) and Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT). Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis, New York, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Denmark and Bologna. She was a visiting artist lecturer at Maryland Institute College of Art (2013) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011). Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.

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The Freedman Gallery is located in the Center for the Arts at Albright College on 13th and Bern Streets, Reading. For more information or disabled assistance, please call T +610 921 7715.

Exhibitions and programs at the Freedman Gallery and in the visual arts are proudly sponsored by: The Silverweed Foundation and The Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Family Fund. Additional support for the catalogue has been provided by Zieher Smith & Horton, NY.

Albright is a nationally ranked private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright College enrolls more than 1,650 undergraduates in traditional programs, 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs and 100 students in the master’s program in education.

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