The exhibition In Between features paintings by Rebecca Norton and Nicolas Jorcino. The artists bring both modern aesthetics and timeless ideas to the centuries-old medium of painting. They test the spatial limits of two-dimensional art through the feeling of depth that they infuse in their compositions. This illusion of depth often makes us feel as though we could walk into and physically explore the painted worlds that they create and the scale of their paintings further accentuates the idea that their artworks are actually extensions of the space we inhabit. In addition to this interplay between two- and three-dimensional representations, their works cross the boundaries between painting and other disciplines – architecture, mathematics, music, urban planning, and poetry.
Rebecca Norton received her BFA from the University of Louisville in 2004 and her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in 2010. She mixes autobiography, philosophy, theoretical mathematics, and references from the discourse of art history in her exploration of painting. The majority of Norton’s works are concerned with perception and sensation. Rebecca’s work has exhibited in the US including shows at California State University in Long Beach, CA and The Green Building in Louisville, KY. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York (www.rebeccajnorton.com). About the paintings in this exhibit, Rebecca writes, “In my new semi-autobiographical work, I ‘tell’ the tale of travel to a bell shop in Berlin, where I discovered a small world of golden wonders and a man who may be the last of the traditional makers of small German percussionist bells… A painting, like a song, is experienced over time; but unlike a song, a painting is also simultaneously happening all at once. In my new work I want to capture an unfolding experience of wonder and melody through my memories and feelings of the Berlin bell shop: its company, sounds, and narratives.”
Nicolas Jorcino is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has lived and worked in Louisville, KY since 2001. While attending architectural school in his hometown, Jorcino was introduced to painting during weekly sessions at a local master’s workshop. He quickly began conducting his own experiments, which led him to become a full time muralist for the next eighteen years. Today his work is still informed by some of the same problems, pursuits and processes of architecture and design; as a social and physical science and also as a fine art. About his work in this exhibit, Nicolas writes, “My formal training is in architecture and urban planning. I began this series of paintings a few years ago while exploring different aspects and similarities between these two disciplines and painting. Identifying light as the primary material of architecture, I looked for a way to present it with the same weight and hierarchy as the concrete structures that control and shape it in the works of some of the masters I admire… In these images, the process is revealed more as an intellectual exercise than a physical execution.”