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For the mom who used to drive you to Michael’s at 8pm for your project due tomorrow morning, she’s out at dinner with her friends till midnight then up at 6am on her Peloton, your friends call her the mother from Mean Girls, sometimes you forget she’s your mom and not your best friend.
Have you ever looked at a portrait and felt as if it was looking right back at you? Gabriella Moreno explores this power dynamic, not through piercing eye contact, but through reclining nudes and unconventional materials that question negotiations of power in sexual contexts. Femme central subjects are painted on silk and satin instead of the traditional canvas. Materials used for bedding and clothing combine the potential intimacy of their traditional uses with poses that empower the sitter. In her paintings, strength and softness induce each other and reflect back on you through the sheen of the stretched silk and satin.
If something were to capture the essence of an everlasting battle between Godzilla vs Megazord vs set to Tame Impala, it would be Andrew Chan’s work. His style is graphic and bold: like an indie comic dipped in encaustic wax, his artworks evoke nostalgia and pop culture references in a satirical take on consumerism.
Kati works from her Chelsea studio, serene and slightly aloof like her own paintings. It is easy to classify her as geometric abstraction, but she uses this style to a very specific end: to make “invisible things” visible. The subject of Kati’s work is abstraction itself and it is not a representation of anything that exists in the visible world. This gives the viewers the freedom to forget about preconceptions or contexts, and invites them to develop an independent, individual interpretation of the works. Aside from painting, she also works with digital mediums to make installations and videos.
As a self described mostly straight Asian male, Chunbum Park, also known as Chun, explores gender fluidity and his fictive femme expression through art. Varying in texture and level of abstraction, the feminine figures of his work drift in and out of otherworldly color palettes. The exaggerated anatomy of his work in shrinking yet sexualized poses subvert the pathways of dominance that the oppression of queer people, women, and poc have made. Chun believes that the vulnerability in beauty and self-expression takes greater courage.
Painter, sculptor, and musician Ryan Patrick Martin is one of those rare people who creates his own reality - one of playfully strange objects and environments. His works are often informed by an interest in sound synthesis, movement, vibrancy, multi-sensory experiences and an endless search to find humor and harmony in the slop.