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Works by Warren Greene
January 4 – January 30
Bellicose Binary, Acrylic and oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches, 2015.
Works by Warren Greene will be on view in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall from January 4 to January 30, with a reception on Friday, January 26 from 6-8pm.
The enigmatic and meticulous painter, Warren Greene, earned his bachelors degree in fine arts at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee in 1992 and his MFA in studio art at Memphis College of Art in 1996. He has exhibited widely across the south, from solo shows at the Perry Nichole Gallery in Memphis to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Since 2008, Greene has served as Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and is represented at Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. His work was included in the Memphis College of Art 2016 Alumni Biennial, juried by Mark Scala, Chief Curator at the Frist. Greene was one of 10 artists featured in the exhibit who were awarded MCA Alumni Gallery solo shows for their outstanding contributions to the Biennial.
From across the gallery Greene’s work looks like an exercise in gestural though minimal abstraction. He works with monochrome color palettes on crisply constructed square panels that seem to hover a few inches from the wall. At a distance, they seem deceptively peaceful. However, the closer one moves, the more action and turmoil are revealed. Greene’s compositions are made through a process of application and removal. Layers of contrasting paint are scrupulously applied then scraped, cut, and manipulated. Mars in superficial layers reveal artifacts of layers below. In Bellicose Binary, pictured here, at lease one layer is intricately painted with a skin of minute dots that bring to mind Ben-Day patterns or Matrix-esque waterfalls of binary code. Were these myriad tiny dots applied by hand? If so, what would compel Greene to cut through them so savagely? These are the questions that come to mind standing face-to-face with the work of this talented alumnus.