A Side by Mike Childs
Mike Childs, A Side (2021), Acrylic on linen, 24 x 30 inches

Surpassing Structure

Mike Childs & James Isherwood

January 5 – February 19, 2023 | Opening Reception: January 6, 2023

Susan Eley Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Mike Childs and James Isherwood at its Upstate Gallery. Entitled Surpassing Structure, this two-person exhibition will be on view at SEFA Hudson from January 5 through February 19, 2023. There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 6th from 5 to 7PM with the artists present. 


The practices of Childs and Isherwood are shaped by the outdoor landscapes and the architectural structures that fit within them. Both artists observe, interpret and abstract naturalistic vistas and geometric forms into rich, vivid imagery. They are known for their paintings that depict bold hues and patterns—primarily rendered in acrylic.


At SEFA Hudson, their works are displayed on opposite sides of the Gallery in order to highlight the techniques and the subjects specific to each artist. Childs grounds the exhibition with his colorblock shapes, his lattice formations, his textured surfaces. Isherwood bursts into the space with his swirling fuschia and navy mountains, his golden and violet skies, his precise pathways leading to majestic structures. 


Together, they invent environs that marry man-made and natural elements. Their structures evoke architecture; rather than suggesting places one could inhabit, they instead hint at a hybrid of industrial and residential forms. Childs finds inspiration in the train tracks, roads and bridges outside his South Bronx studio; and Isherwood from high end real estate publications that market luxury homes in far-flung resort towns.