Exhibition - Greg Mencoff: Meaningful Dust
Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Meaningful Dust, an exhibition of new work by Greg Mencoff. This is Mencoff’s first exhibition at the gallery. The seven wall-mounted sculptures in the exhibition continue Mencoff’s engagement with minimalism. New to his process is the inclusion of metal elements such as aluminum and steel plate or square tubular steel. These components act as an optical and tactile balance to the monochromatic painted surfaces. His past references to the possible usefulness of objects have given way to more reductive and metaphorical content within architecturally based formats.
Of the seven works in the exhibition, five are singular wall sculptures while two are multiples of repeating shapes and material. The origin of the multiples is a direct result of Mencoff’s practice and study of electronic music, notably the repetition and layering of non-Western sound patterns. Mencoff’s use of steel plate as components of textural balance with the smoothly painted surfaces is evident in the two longer horizontal pieces of the exhibition.
This exhibition of Mencoff’s work shows a departure from his organic based forms to sculptures that confronts a more metaphorical context within an unambiguous environment of an architectural format. The approach to materials and painted surface is less about a clever delivery of craftsmanship that has defined his past work, but more about the remains that the objects suggest.
Mencoff received his combined BFA from Tufts University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has been the recipient of grants and awards including Traveling Fellowships from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2010 and 1983. He has received fellowships in sculpture from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2009 and 2005 and a Painting Finalist in 2020. He teaches drawing and sculpture at Tufts University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives/ works in Somerville, Massachusetts.