Clare Grill, Driftwood, 2013, oil on linen, 14 x 12". Installation view.

Clare Grill

Reserve Ames

Clare Grill, Driftwood, 2013, oil on linen, 14 x 12". Installation view.

Imagine a gracious Craftsman house, turn-of-the-century floral wallpaper and wainscoting proudly intact. Now imagine a ramshackle shed in the backyard, a weathered lean-to musty from years of neglect. This is Reserve Ames, a new gallery that occupies several first-floor interior spaces as well as the outbuilding, where its inaugural show took place. Inside the house, the projecting lip of that wainscoting supported hand-size, ceramic disk reliefs made by Benjamin Echeverria, the home’s artist resident as well as the gallery’s curator. Nearby, the laundry room was hung with monochromes that Echeverria incised to reveal the supporting armature: not just the slender wooden stretcher but also the wall behind. While the outdoor structure functions as the primary exhibition venue, the main building lends itself to such careful installations, which foreground and enliven the antiquated

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