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Warm colors in earthy tones are where their heart is, but neons and bold shapes put their head somewhere else.
A video and book artist-turned-painter, Troy still hasn't lost the wonder of new materials like toys, molding paste, and most recently flower-patterned plastic bags. Rather than playing fixed roles in a prefabricated play, his works together explore a constellation of loosely related sentiments like serious absurdity, the ineffable scale of cosmic time, surveyor marks, and rat traps around New York. These moments when existential issues suddenly intrude into everyday life or vice versa are most pronounced in the contrast between the digital hot pink he frequents and the scratched, worn out textures like peeled subway ads that accompany it.
Expressive and vulnerable, Molly’s paintings read like an unpredictably eloquent dream journal. A cloudy haze of bright colors are expertly synthesized to evoke memories of a time and place which feel familiar, though ultimately unknown. As a skilled colorist, Molly creates abstract moments of nostalgia and sentimentality. Molly’s pieces are made up of experiences, both lived and imagined. She is able to capture small moments and transfer them onto canvas.
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 there was ever a rave held in the Ancient Greek and Roman section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paul Anagnostopolous’ artwork would come closest to visualizing it. Paul’s body of work featuring male greek and roman figural motifs manipulate space and visual emphasis. The figures, a visual standard of western masculinity with homoerotic subtext, are shown in positions of vulnerability within rich landscapes drawn from Paul’s life. As well as subverting gendered expectations, Paul’s figures draw on his Greek and Italian heritage in addition to his childhood drawings of his grandparent’s replica ancient vases and classical statues.
Mary’s paintings raise a series of open-ended questions - they don’t demand an answer, but they do ask for your consideration. If you feel compelled to run your finger along the winding, maze-like line of one of Mary’s paintings, don’t worry - so do we (though we don’t recommend it - oily hands and oily paints don’t mix well.) Her take on abstraction is surprisingly tactile, with unique titles which inspire sensations, rather than literal representations.
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.
Fran’s paintings are impressively deliberate without taking themselves too seriously. Composed of strong geometric shapes, her pieces also have a clever sense of humor. The vivid forms are references to the human body, but welcome unique interpretations and alternate discoveries. Fran has created one of those rare occasions when you can share a witty inside joke with an abstract shape.
What do a juicy fillet of salmon and a body half-submerged in bath water have in common? Through soft-colored, naturalistic paintings, Amy explores the beauty of female bodies in everyday life - the beauty of vulnerable, soft flesh itself safe from the glare of cameras and gloss of magazine pages.