Elizabeth Houston Gallery is proud to present Shoeshine Punch, a solo exhibition by Adrian Tone. Titled after the boxing technique, a shoeshine punch combination is a flurry of small punches emphasized by speed. Popularized by Sugar Ray Leonard, the shoeshine punch sets the stage for a final knockout. Quickly and spontaneously creating marks, Adrian Tone similarly takes a series of fast and deliberate movements to ultimately create his dramatic effect: large-scale abstractions comprised of complex textures and shifting intensities of color.
Transforming existing forms to generate new ones and brusquely layering materials with rag applications, Tone achieves organic shapes and metallic passages that challenge conventional ideas of composition. Often off-center or escaping the confinement of the paper, the subject matter of each piece… more