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Doug Argue's 'Catch My Drift'


June 21, 2012 – July 13, 2012

Mondays–Fridays (10am–6pm)



Haunch of Venison (Venue Partner)

550 West 21st Street

212 259 0000

Directions: 23 St



Haunch of Venison says…

 Haunch of Venison is pleased to announce Catch My Drift, a solo exhibition by Doug Argue, curated by Lily Alexander. A reception for the artist will be held on June 21st from 6-8pm. Argue will present four monumental conceptual paintings in the main gallery. Argue is best know for his large-scale abstract paintings that explore infinite space with a scientific and mathematical foundation. Argue often incorporates text—as he equates letters to atoms—and rearranges them, constructing new meanings to found writing. A highlight of the exhibition is Argue’s Genesis that measures roughly 13 by 19 feet and evokes the cosmos, but with closer inspection reveals distorted text. Argue appropriated letters from the book of Genesis, which he then altered and reassembled onto the painting to form a celestial-like, infinite image. In Hither and Thithering Waters of Night, referencing James Joyce, Argue features deconstructed text from Melville’s Moby Dick and warped Captcha text— the computer test that differentiates humans from Internet bots—as a stand-in for brushstrokes. The paintings evoke visual data streams or flowing water, resulting in a dizzying and ethereal quality.