San Francisco

Todd Miner

Lawson de Celle Gallery

A similar concern for texture and structural delineation occurs in Todd Miner’s paintings. Working in small ragged-edged rectilinear formats, Miner sews and presses ephemeral materials into tightly compressed compositions. Gauze, vinyl and miscellaneous paper scraps are organized by threaded patterns that unify these diverse materials and divide the surface into a system that appears simultaneously free-form and geometric.

Each work has an overall stained color, usually wine or parchment, that refers to the origins of the found material. The artist accentuates the composition with more synthetic colors, developing a sense of depth and form by the selective placement of these hues. In his use of color Miner gives the material an increased sense of presence, adding a necessary note of complexity to the work.

Miner circumvents the clichés of pressed paper and the collage genre by avoiding the

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