White Room: Liam EverettMay 26–July 11, 2009
White Columns is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the New York-based artist Liam Everett. Everett’s installation consists of a recent group of nine paintings on birch supports. Working with acrylic, salt and alcohol, Everett’s paintings both record and arrest a seemingly alchemical process. Modest in scale, and working with a reduced palette of silvery-gray and iridescent gold – with hints of color submerged beneath these surfaces – Everett’s paintings occupy an interstitial territory between hard-edged modernism and its ‘other’: a loose territory of art making formally related to Jean Francois Lyotard and Rosalind Krauss’ notions of ‘l’informe.’ Everett’s work can be understood as a part of a recent, ongoing, and unfolding conversation around the possibilities and potential of ‘abstraction’ – an inter-generational tendency shared with artists as distinct and diverse as Tomma Abts, Richard Aldrich, Gedi Sibony, Jacqueline Humphries, Charline von Heyl, amongst others.
Liam Everett lives and works in New York. He received an MA from S.U.N.Y. Empire State College in 2004. Recent solo projects include: Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (2008); Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York (2007, curated by Michael St, John); Kunstler Haus Bremen, Bremen, Germany (2003); amongst others. Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Bad Moon Rising’, ISCP, Brooklyn (2009); MetLife, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York (2007); amongst others. Everett has staged a number of performance works, most recently at 179 Canal Street, New York (2009.)