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Andrew Zimmerman


Andrew Zimmerman

New Paintings, March 12- April 11, 2015

Opening reception: Thursday, March 12, 6-8pm

Sears Peyton Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Andrew Zimmerman.  

Andrew Zimmerman’s wall reliefs straddle the line between painting and sculpture while examining pattern, repetition, and color. By fragmenting each work into modular segments he explores and exploits the contrasts between matte and glossy surfaces, organic and geometric shapes, and saturated and non-colors. Whether hand-carving undulating lines into wood panels with a saw or assembling hard-edged geometric shapes into a larger composition, the artists imbues his work with vibrance and rhythm.  – Wesley Gibbon


In this new body of work, I continue to use a jigsaw to make cuts into plywood or fiber board. I re-assemble the cut pieces of wood with a slight separation from each other and glue them down onto a substrate. In this way I am "drawing with the saw," letting the jigsaw follow the gesture of the line. Through this process I create actual (rather than illusory) depth to the work. The cuts I make are precise, but are obviously hand made, without mechanical guides.

Once the form is finished, I deliver it to an automotive painter who coats it using the same paint formulas used in the automotive industry. Through this process of outsourcing the painting of the work I am interested in the area between manufactured and hand made objects. The sprayed surface created by the auto paint is a manufactured surface, void of traditional paint application techniques like brush strokes. This surface highlights the cuts created by the jigsaw. The titles of the paintings are the names of the paint colors I choose. I am using a pre existing paint color system that references an industry of mass production, and balancing it within the confines of a hand crafted object. 

- Andrew Zimmerman



Andrew Zimmerman (b. 1968 New Brunswick, NJ) studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1991), and Industrial Design at the California College of the Arts (BFA 2000). In 1990 he was the recipient of a Skowhegan Fellowship Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.  In 2000 he was nominated for the IDSA National Merit Award.  Public collections of his works include the Fidelity Investment Corporation, Boston, MA, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY and Alliance Bernstein LLP, New York, NY.   Exhibition venues include the Drawing Center, New York, NY, The RISD Biennial, (curated by Robert Storr) Exit Art, New York, NY, and Galleria Guido Carbone, Torino, Italy.

Andrew Zimmerman

Mar 12 – Apr 11, 2015