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Nina Chanel Abney

Nina Chanel Abney

Untitled, 2015

acrylic on canvas

diptych, overall: 48 x 72 inches

 

Nina Chanel Abney

Nina Chanel Abney

Untitled (2 3 1 5) (2 3 1 5), 2015

Cut paper collage on panel

diptych, overall: 24 x 36 inches

Matt Bollinger

Matt Bollinger

Storage, 2015

acrylic, flashe, and collage on unstretched canvas

95 x 109 inches

 

Matt Bollinger

Police Report, 2014

flashe, acrylic and collage on linen

35 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches

 

Matt Bollinger

Clipping, 2014

flashe, acrylic and collage on linen

20 x 16 inches

Caitlin Cherry

Caitlin Cherry

Stallis Saidaigen Painting Security System (SSPSS) "Predator", 2015

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 MW lasers, metal

60 x 72 inches

 

Joey Frank

Joey Frank

Summer Puzzle, therapy puzzle/ palm reading puzzle, 2014

house paint and acrylic on wood

90 x 138 inches

 

Doron Langberg

Staring into Space, 2014

oil on linen

80 x 45 inches

 

Doron Langberg

Embrace, 2014

oil on linen

80 x 45 inches

Liz Markus

Lee Radziwill in Nina Ricci, 2014

oil on unprimed canvas

54 x 72 inches

Kimo Nelson

Kimo Nelson

Untitled (#0417), 2014

acrylic on linen

72 x 60 inches

 

Kimo Nelson

Untitled (#0405), 2013

acrylic on linen

17 x 16 inches

Jennifer Packer

Jennifer Packer

Mario, 2014

oil on canvas

30 x 30 inches

Jennifer Packer

Jennifer Packer

Jo, 2014

oil on canvas

20 x 30 inches

 

8 PAINTERS

February 13 – March 14, 2015

Nina Chanel Abney • Matt Bollinger • Caitlin Cherry • Joey Frank 

Doron Langberg • Liz Markus • Kimo Nelson • Jennifer Packer

 

Danese/Corey is pleased to announce the opening of 8 Painters, an exhibition organized by gallery staff member Jillian Brodie. Included are works by eight artists of a new generation who continue to expand the conceptual and expressive capacity of painting to inspire, to convey through color, texture, form and scale a depth of feeling and understanding that speaks directly to the human condition. While the artists employ differing styles, techniques and imagery, they are unified in their enthusiasm for the history of painting and their ongoing commitment to the discourse and practice of this long and rich tradition. Each artist is represented by one major work that has not previously been exhibited. These robust and innovative paintings embrace the metaphorical and literal, the ironical and sincere, the joyful and elegiac – their subject matter at once universal and deeply personal. 

 

Participating artists:

 

Nina Chanel Abney:  I've become more interested in mixing disjointed narratives and abstraction, and finding interesting ways to obscure any possible story that can be assumed when viewing my work. Abney “paints vibrant multicultural murals with disjointed narratives that confuse and delight. With a bold palette and bolder sense of humor, she creates bizarre scenarios that add a hint of perversity to each piece, resulting in a mashup of celebrity and literary references.” Her painting “illustrates storytelling in an age in which a coherent narrative is obsolete.” (Huffington Post, 2012)

Born in 1982, Chicago, IL, Abney lives and works in New York, NY. She received an MFA from the Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 2007. Work consigned by Kravets and Wehby Gallery, New York.

Matt Bollinger: Upon close inspection, the collaged elements in my paintings give my work a fragmentary appearance. The bits of painted and collaged paper announce that my paintings pull from many disparate sources….Like the narratives that I create, the materials I use suggest that the work is a reenactment of many different moments pulled together to form a whole.

In my recent piece, Storage, I depict my father's 1974 Camaro….In 1970, while driving home with friends in an earlier Camaro, my father was stabbed in the heart and nearly killed…When I was growing up, the Camaro…seemed like the greatest sports car, but was also a central figure in this tragic family story.  In Storage, I show it as I found it on a recent visit: tarped, tires flat, and among my father's many tools and projects.

Born in 1980, Kansas City, MO, Bollinger lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2007. Work consigned by Zurcher Studio, New York. 

Caitlin Cherry:  At the core of it, there is this impulse to take a rational painting on stretchers and alter the way it’s displayed. "Caitlin Cherry demands more than mere painting is willing to provide. She teases the viewer with the promise of illusionistic painterly space and then she catapults her canvas into the void, forcing it to exist in real time, building little fortresses, and firing cannons in its general direction. I have a sense she will continue to break apart the rules governing painting and sculpture, and tease that unsettling sweet spot that disarms viewers' expectations." (Kara Walker)

Born in 1987, Chicago, IL, Cherry lives and works in New York, NY. She received an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, 2012.

Joey Frank: Originally Summer Puzzle consisted of three paintings made up of interchangeable puzzle pieces. Two of those works are now arranged into one painting -- A Palm Reading, tarot cards scattered on a table and A Therapy Session, a woman, eyes closed, palm on her forehead. The shapes of the puzzle pieces are distinct and recognizable forms— a sea horse, a palm tree, a shovel, a rat – a visualization of the subconscious acting as reality. The work draws inspiration from the poem Lost in Translation by James Merrill, in which a narrator searches for a lost copy of the poem, The Palm by Rilke, reminding him of being a child…looking for a missing puzzle piece.  The relationship of losing and finding meaning within a text relates to my own feelings encountering and interpreting a work of art.

Born in 1981, Washington, DC, Frank lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Brown University and studied painting at RISD, Providence, RI; MICA, Baltimore, MD; the Slade School of Fine Art, London.

Doron Langberg:  I see my paintings as a conduit between the viewer and me, through which my experiences become theirs. In my process, I search for affinities between textures, marks or color relationships and moments in my life, ranging from banal to sexual….Through their visual impact, I want my paintings to bridge this gap between how I see myself and how others see me. By foregrounding color, gesture, and the tactility of paint, I try to create a connection with a viewer that speaks to the shared sensations of the bodies we inhabit rather than the social categories that constrict us.

Born in 1985, Yokneam Moshava, Israel, Langberg lives and works in Queens, NY. He received an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2013.

Liz Markus:  Gradually the rooms became less important as the paintings turned into portraits of the great socialites from the 1930s to the 1960s. These very glamorous and powerful women often had great tragedy in their lives. Using paint to stain unprimed canvas, the images became distorted and the inner lives of these iconic women reveal themselves.

Born in 1967, Buffalo, NY, Markus lives and works in New York, NY. She received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1997.

Kimo Nelson:  The imagery in my work is loosely based on references to historical landscape painting and anonymous or found landscape photography. My objective is to form a tension between three-dimensional elements and illusionistic space, and to generate through technical means, conditions of chance in order to subvert and reinvent preconceptions. The anticipated, but unknowable final work, challenges my expectations of success or failure.

Born in 1980, Honolulu, HI, Nelson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2012

Jennifer Packer:  I’m interested in meaningful contradictions, especially the ones that distract us from the truth….I think about images that resist, that attempt to retain their secrets or maintain their composure, that put you to work. I feel that way about someone like Billie Holiday: her voice and love versus the content of her life and her music. I hope to make contradictory paintings, works that suggest how dynamic and complex our lives and relationships really are.”

Born in 1985, Philadelphia, PA, Packer lives and works in New York, NY. She received an MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 2012.

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Press

8 Painters, The Review Panel at the National Academy Museum
03/13/2015
8 Painters review in Hyperallergic