Dac Opening this Saturday: Harry and Pete

from 6-9PM*


Todd Bourrett and Brian O’Connell
Exhibition Dates:* March 19 – April 17, 2011
*Gallery Hours: *Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6PM
111 Front Street Suite 212 Brooklyn NY 11201


In /Harry and Pete/, Todd Bourret and Brian O’Connell come together
under three familiar constraints — space, time, and budget – to produce
a body of collaborative work that explores the nature of dialog, debate,
support, and influence. Limiting themselves to an established materials
list, Bourret and O’Connell will use the DAC gallery as a studio in the
week preceding the opening.

Through a material back-and-forth, Bourret and O’Connell employ their
mutual interest in the manipulation of indexes to suggest further
generative possibilities. Both artists use indexical procedures (e.g.
photographic processes, prints, stencils, molds, etc.) to make effects
of the past present. In making, recording, and displaying residues,
their work provokes both memories of and projections into pasts as
viewing becomes an act of reconstruction. In /Harry and Pete/, an
expanding series of works traces material and conceptual transformations
that reflect both deliberate responses as well as chance effects.

To begin their conversation, O’Connell will capture the pattern of light
entering the gallery through the window on a photosensitive canvas. The
shapes of this image will become the basis for a group of monochrome
’embossed paintings’ by Bourret that play with the exasperating
experience of a painter who inadvertently exposes the otherwise
invisible ‘structural support’ of the canvas — the stretcher.

After this initial exchange, which reflects aspects of their own
practices, Bourret and O’Connell will use the remainder of their
materials (e.g. plywood, canvas, paint, concrete, etc.) in further two-
and three-dimensional works. As an example, they use the shapes removed
from Bourret’s supports as molds for sculptural forms so that the
negative structure of one group of work determines the positive form of
the next.

As the available materials diminish, how one piece materially determines
the possibilities for the next becomes increasingly acute, forcing
provocations and responses. Problems are created and solutions
proffered. Ultimately, even the work-table used for /Harry and Pete/ is

The title of show refers to the relationship between artists Harry
Holtzman and Piet Mondrian.

Dumbo Arts Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public registered charity,
supported in part, by public funds from The National Endowment for the
Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State
Council on the Arts. This organization receives additional funding from
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Joan Mitchell
Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, The
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and The Cowles Charitable Trust.
DAC would also like to gratefully acknowledge the Walentas Family and
Two Trees Management Co. LLC for their generous donation of gallery and
office space.

DAC <http://www.dumboartscenter.org/>

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111 Front Street, Suite 212
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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