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When you challenge Ahavani's unidentified objects, they will challenge right back. Under the guise of rock or metal, they are actually made of canvas - carefully shaped right to the moment between growing from within and being hit, twisted, or eroded from outside. So let your eyes follow the incredibly complex curvature like an ant just discovering another dimension. It testifies to the poetic nature of interacting with materials after relinquishing the need to identify what, why, and where from.
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.
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.
If you’ve ever seen a sunflower that’s seemed to mutate and stretch in all directions (gardeners call it fasciation), you’ll recognise that odd, abstract beauty in nature that shines in Raúl Ortiz’s paintings. Raúl’s paintings strip away sections to reveal even more colorfully patterned silhouettes. Though his earlier works took the shape of natural subjects like flowers, more indistinct shapes take center stage, playing with repetition as well as vivid color.
Jenny Kemp's lines don't try too hard to mark where one object ends and another begins. Instead, they take the lead in playfully guiding the viewer's eyes around the page, sometimes literally in spirals. If you follow closely, you'll start seeing layers that have you look into the piece beyond surface level. And her color choices have an earthy quality that is almost nostalgic - orange is always in fashion, right?
Everyone seems to be learning coding now, but it takes a deeply invested one to know the beauty of everything suddenly lining up towards a solution. That moment when a highly elaborate system starts to makes sense is what Gauthier's small drawings feel like. Having studied and worked in data science, his works don't mimic scientific concept - they ARE. But instead of arguing to be completely abstract concepts, they also trace the time and effort taken to reach them, in faint pencil lines, little notes, and the blotted look of marker and crayon.