SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION
SATURDAY JULY 24, 2021
4 - 8 PM
Baert Gallery is pleased to announce a Summer Group Exhibition featuring Melinda Braathen, Paolo Colombo, Pam Evelyn, Reuben Gordon, Iliodora Margellos, Francesca Mollett, Jebila Okongwu and Sophie Wahlquist.
This group exhibition which includes paintings, ceramics and works on paper showcases new and historic works by eight international and Los Angeles-based artists.
Melinda Braathen (b. 1985) relies on drawing to initially capture a fleeting encounter, memory, insight or sensation arising in everyday experiences. Her work is often situated in the physical body and explores the role physiology plays on our psychology and perception. In her paintings, she uses texture, full of contrast and movement, gradations, and energetic brushwork to break down representational and recognizable triggers – like faces, figures, and environments – until a more embodied, abstract language emerges.
Paolo Colombo's (b. 1949) paintings illustrate with exactness a lyrical series of moments, each holding the intensity of a world. Working with watercolors and pencil drawings, Colombo balances his simple language with a highly technical visual method. Word-based and image-focused works are illuminated through fundamental forms such as the dot, the line, and the square.
Pam Evelyn (b. 1996) creates gestural paintings that embody her impulses. The energy she gathers from observing her surroundings is directed towards the canvas in an attempt to share the raw human experience. While her paintings are read as abstractions, they are informed by a sensitivity towards figurative and landscape structures. The process of adding and subtracting paint informs her next steps, with the artist responding to the marks and leaving room for surprise, undoing and construction marks.
Reuben Gordon (b. 1996) is most interested in color, and formal qualities of painting. Concepts, emotions and meanings follow, through them. Gordon’s current work mainly consists of interior figurative scenes and exterior cityscapes, set where he was born and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and Brooklyn.
Iliodora Margellos's (b. 1985) multidisciplinary work involves drawing, painting, sculpture, site-specific installations, embroidery and performance. Over the years, she has developed a kaleidoscopic visual universe where we encounter delicate expressive gestures materialized through meshes, fabrics, threads, drawings on paper, beads and other materials.
Francesca Mollett (b. 1991) is interested in the idea of enchantment – a process of falling under a spell of magical influence – as a way of creating agency over events. Inspired by places in the natural world, she creates openings in shallow spaces where geological and meteorological landscapes act as catalysts to explore internal emotional states. Her fluid application of paint creates tense luminous surfaces with boundaries dissolving or resisting between forms.
Jebila Okongwu (b. 1975) critiques stereotypes of Africa and African identity and repurposes them as counterstrategies, drawing on African history, symbolism and spirituality. One of his preferred materials is banana boxes; their tropicalized graphics articulate an ‘exotic’ provenance, much like the exoticization of African bodies from an ethnocentric perspective. When these boxes are shipped to the West from Africa, the Caribbean and South America, old routes of slavery are retraced, accentuating existing patterns of migration, trade and exploitation.
Sophie Wahlquist (b. 1983) works depart from a state of mind rather than from a narrative. Playing with different genres of painting and medium, new gestures and perspectives reverse existing ideas. She like to negotiate the level to which absence can be replaced by clarity of something intangible or how the depiction of something recognizable can become a trigger for imagination.