Haunted Formalism: Nicole Phungrasamee Fein and Dean Smith

Del Vaz Projects
1526 Armacost Ave., Apt. #202
Los Angeles, CA 90025

VOLUME and Del Vaz Projects are pleased to announce “Haunted Formalism,” an exhibition of new works by Bay Area artists Nicole Phungrasamee Fein and Dean Smith, curated by VOLUME member Jared Baxter.

Both artists will be presenting work that marks a significant departure from their previous practices. Fein has arrived at forms that are darker and more complex — though no less carefully controlled — than her earlier watercolors, and Smith has eschewed the accumulative processes that typified his “circle” and “intooutof & focusing drawings” in favor of a sharply reduced and rigorously interrelated series of compositions in graphite. The show will be accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalog designed by Impossible Void with contributions from curator Jared Baxter, the award-winning poet and translator Norma Cole, and Bay Area author M Kitchell. Del Vaz is an apartment gallery, and in homage to the notorious predilection of ghosts for rearranging objects in domestic spaces, the show will be completely rehung every Thursday, presenting a total of 27 works over the course of its three-week run.

About the Artists

Nicole Phungrasamee Fein was born in 1974 and lives in San Francisco. Her recent exhibitions include Dot, Dash, Dissolve: Drawn from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection, a group show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA; Vantage, a solo show at Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco, CA; Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, a solo show with Gallery Joe at Drawing Now Paris, Le Salon du dessin contemporain, 9th Edition, Paris, France; Bye Bye Old City: The Last Picture Show, a group show at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, PA; and Line: Making the Mark, a group show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX, among others.

Dean Smith was born in 1961 and lives in San Francisco. His recent exhibitions include Retrospective: a tribute to Paule Anglim, a group show at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, CA; Bye Bye Old City: The Last Picture Show, a group show at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, PA; Annabeth Rosen and Dean Smith, a two-person show at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, CA; Four Faces, a group show at Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Beverly Hills, CA; and three manifestations of anaglyphic space, a solo show at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, CA, among others.

Norma Cole’s books of poetry include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008, Spinoza in Her Youth and Natural Light, and most recently Actualities, her collaboration with painter Marina Adams. TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks appeared in 2010. Her translations from the French include Danielle Collobert’s It Then, Collobert’s Journals, Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (edited and translated by Cole), and Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives. A new translation of Jean Daive’s first book, White Decimal, is forthcoming from Omnidawn. She has been a contributor to SFMOMA’s “Open Space” and also to the Poetry Foundation’s “Harriet.” Cole, who is also a visual artist, lives in San Francisco.

Born in 1986, M Kitchell is the editor of Solar▲Luxuriance & author of Slow Slidings (Blue Square Press, 2012), Apart From (Solar Luxuriance, 2014) & Spiritual Instrument (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015), among countless other chapbooks and private editions. He lives in the Bay Area.

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