Randall Exon: Recent Paintings
March 22nd - April 21st 2007
On Thursday, March 22, Hirschl & Adler Modern will open Randall Exon: Recent Paintings, the artist’s second solo show at the gallery. More than twenty-five landscapes, interiors, and still lifes in oil will be on view. The exhibition is accompanied by a 16-page catalogue featuring an essay by David B. Dearinger, the Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum, Massachusetts.

Randall Exon’s new paintings demonstrate that the American landscape remains a powerful, inexhaustible, and exciting subject in the realm of contemporary art. In this, his second solo exhibition with Hirschl & Adler Modern, Exon once again expands upon and gives us his unique and inventive view of late nineteenth and twentieth–century landscape painting. Exon continues to explore nature and our place in it.

Inspired by the mysterious coastal areas of Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland where he paints each summer, as well by the rapidly disappearing farmhouses dotting the Pennsylvania countryside where he now lives, Exon’s evocative landscapes and moody interiors depict actual places infused with memories from his childhood spent in the vast spaces of the Midwest.

Works range in size and subject from small, poetic still lifes and interiors seen in Coffee Pot and Chair, 16 x 16 in., to the architecturally intimate Storm Door, 44 x 24 in., to the poignant, solitary figure dominating the landscape in The Falconer, 48 x 72 in., and the entrancing and haunting farm featured in Egrets, 68 x 68 in

Although mastered with an intensely observed and carefully constructed realism, Exon’s paintings are not about recording specific times and places. Instead, his subjects are derived from what he refers to as his “ongoing visual journal.” As a result, ordinary objects bathed in meditative light appear to be both momentary and eternal, while seemingly straightforward narratives demand more complex interpretation.

Born in Vermillion, South Dakota, Exon earned his BFA in painting from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and an MFA at the University of Iowa. In 2003 the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania staged a solo exhibition of his work. More recently, Exon was awarded the Thomas Benedict Clarke Prize in the 2004 179th Annual Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York.

Exon’s work is currently featured in Visions of the Susquehanna, a traveling exhibition organized by the Lancaster Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, which will remain on view through 2008.

Randall Exon: Recent Paintings will open on Thursday, March 22 and runs through Saturday, April 21, 2007. Located in a landmark townhouse, Hirschl & Adler Modern is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For additional information or images, please contact Shelley Farmer, Director, Hirschl & Adler Modern, at 212-535-8810 (phone) / 212-772-7237 (fax), or by email at ShelleyF@HirschlAndAdler.com. Please visit our website at www.HirschlAndAdler.com for an online preview of the exhibition.