September 27 October 25, 2008 Opening Reception September 27, 7 10 pm

David Hatcher, Laura Riboli, Brian Sharp Curated by Matthew Thompson

Various recent group exhibitions have articulated a preoccupation with more primary elements
of artistic production. Whether iterated as formalism, objecthood, “thingness,” or sculptural assemblage, these exhibitions attempt to frame a renewed interest in visual exuberance
and focus on materiality. The relationship of primary elements to psychology is often under- examined. Psychogeometry picks up on another primary construct geometry and presents three artists whose work exists in the peculiar personal, cultural, and historical intersections between psychology and geometry.

Including work in a variety of media by David Hatcher, Laura Riboli, and Brian Sharp, the exhibition takes a nod from Guy Debord’s notion of psychogeography especially his focus on its effect “on the emotions and behavior of individuals.” Instead of closing off or articulating a distinct relationship between geometry and psychology, Psychogeometry will function more as a drift through possibilities.

David Hatcher creates hallucinatory prints on perforated blotter paper by re-purposing diagrams from Western philosophical texts. In Laura Riboli’s videos, objects take on totemic, science-fiction qualities through their suggestive geometry and re-animation. Brian Sharp’s abstract paintings take the notion of abstraction as language to its logical extreme, oscillating between recreational linguistics and formalism.

The exhibition will also feature a rotating selection of research materials, visual references, and other ephemera.

Psychogeometry is organized by Matthew Thompson, Associate Curator, Aspen Art Museum.