The current exhibition at Slow, “Thick slice, decadent ration,” features work by Ji Soo Hong and Matthew Kayhoe Brett. Their works carry a studied meditation on process and composition, as their solid use of texture and color lend vibrancy and subtlety to the banal.
Ji Soo Hong approaches each slab of encased meat in her illustrative collages with a careful curiosity. Hong’s hand is in each of her works as her layered illustrations create collages of a subject matter that beckons to Francis Bacon and a voluptuously meaty still life tradition. The large white sheets mimic the display cases of a butcher shop, framing each assortment as studies in color and detail. A mélange of conté crayon and ink, chopped up and collaged, are drawing techniques imitative of the additive recipes of the sausages and hard meats Hong illustrates in her enlivened still-life works.
Matthew Kayhoe Brett draws topographically across the gallery floor in sensitive arrangements that signal temporality and mutability. A CFL bulb, a glass jar of rain water, grommets and copper alloy scraps sit atop tarps, steel and plastic mesh and become reanimated in floor works that follow on Scatter Art installation tropes and behave like excavation sites. Brett maps connections between piles of dust from his studio, complicated bits of cast metal, and foraged forms that partially reconstruct a weary, outdoorsy entropy in which histories and cryptic relationships are heaped and layered. In “All matter is exactly the same age,” materials that range from organic debris such as a root ball to pieces manufactured by the artist including melted aluminum cans that create an amorphous form, guide a viewer through his diverse terrain. Brett creates and collects materials and composes them between bits of residue from his studio into a landscape that offers glimpses into his artistic process.
This is a compelling exhibition that closely examines process and composition while the artists actively experiment with texture and color as a way to examine and extract from the ordinary. (Carrie McGath)
Through December 27 at Slow, 2153 West 21st.