September 17 - October 29, 2016
Moskowitz Bayse is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Christopher Iseri. The exhibition marks the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery.
Christopher Iseri creates visually complex and precise abstractions that question, fracture, and reorient perspective. He systematically arranges meticulously hand-cut tracing paper on manually prepared surfaces, exploring tension between algorithm and thought.
By stripping his practice of conventional mark making tools and limiting himself to tracing paper as a material, the artist distills and refines his singular visual language to an extreme degree. Each work begins with a specific set of rules and measurements to build a self-contained drawing system via collage; by incorporating shape and transparency into these systems, multiple perspectives emerge and exist in the same space.
Paradoxically, as Iseri simplifies his vocabulary and foundation for building visual repetition, his compositions become increasingly diverse. Eventually, works become so nuanced that slight imperfections become inevitable; it is this human element that elevates the work above formal abstraction. Each shape is a response and reaction to the previous one; every air bubble, surface aberration, or slightly askew line acts as a subtle reminder of the power to be found in the act of observation. Here, the artist challenges a contemporary active role of perception in art.
Christopher Iseri (b. 1986) lives and works in San Jose, California. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Atmospheres at Moskowitz Gallery, Los Angeles in 2013. He received his BFA from California Polytechnic State University in 2011.