4 Artists

Felipe Baeza, Jenna Gribbon, Anja Salonen, Vaughn Spann

June 21 through July 27, 2018

Felipe Baeza

Naj Tunich (Azul 1), 2018

Ink, twine, collage, and glitter on paper

87 1/2h x 60w inches

Felipe Baeza

Naj Tunich (Azul 2), 2018

Ink, twine, collage, and glitter on paper

68h x 48w inches

Felipe Baeza

Maybe You Will Have Some Flesh to Console You, 2018

Ink, graphite, twine, cut paper, glitter, and egg tempera on paper

60h x 87 1/2w inches

Jenna Gribbon

W.W.L.N.D., 2017

Oil on linen

16h x 12w inches

Jenna Gribbon

-goodnight, -goodnight baby, 2018

Oil on linen

10h x 8w inches

Jenna Gribbon

Erotic Hand In Public, 2018

Oil on linen

13h x 13w inches

Jenna Gribbon

Watching Me Swim, 2018

Oil on linen

10h x 8w inches

Jenna Gribbon

Teleological Suspension of the Ethical, 2018

Oil on linen

10h x 8w inches

Jenna Gribbon

A Picnic I Attended That Didn’t Seem Real, 2018

Oil on linen

24h x 18w inches

Jenna Gribbon

Watching Tatiana Get Weird In Her Studio, 2018

Oil on linen

10h x 8w inches

Anja Salonen

Don't Scream Near the Porcelain Horse, 2018

Acrylic and oil on canvas

40h x 60w inches

Anja Salonen

Look Both Ways, 2018

Oil on canvas

36h x 48w inches

Anja Salonen

Candle Magic, 2018

Acrylic and oil on canvas

48h x 36w inches

Anja Salonen

The Sex Life of Stones, 2018

Oil on canvas

40h x 60w inches

Vaughn Spann

Black Planet Rising (Wasp-12B), 2018

Terry cloth, acrylic polymer paint, paper, and canvas on stretcher bars

90h x 84w inches

Vaughn Spann

Slip and Slide (McKinney Pool Palette), 2018

Terry cloth, acrylic polymer paint, oil paint, paper and canvas on stretcher bars

30h x 24w inches

Press Release

4 Artists

Felipe Baeza

Jenna Gribbon

Anja Salonen

Vaughn Spann

 

June 21 through July 27, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 8 pm

Summer hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5:30pm
 

Felipe Baeza’s large-scale paintings on paper are an oppositional force against historical iconography. As both a queer man and an immigrant, Baeza’s personal narrative influences his depictions of the male body in heightened stages of emotional and physical experience.  From the seemingly mythic representation of a figure floating in space to more lyrical depictions of sexual contact, Baeza magnifies life to heroic proportions.

 

Jenna Gribbon creates paintings that explore intimacy and access. Autobiographical experience is the raw material used to construct narrative and render her own “gaze.” The implications of looking, and of how we represent our subjects and ourselves are a central concern of these small paintings, which stylistically shapeshift and reframe their questions as alternately personal and historical. Though the paintings take many formal liberties, include fictional characters, or veer off into fantasy, they are constructed from sentiments that are intentionally exposing and radically sincere. 

 

Anja Salonen’s body of work is inspired by Erwin Panofsky’s Perspective as symbolic form, and Masahiro Mori’s “concept of the ‘uncanny valley’, in which he hypothesized what humanity’s reaction would be to robots that look almost like people, but not quite — on the border of empathy and revulsion, closeness and othering,” the artist explains. “My paintings are objects, flat planes, that hold the illusion of a somatic reality, and that reality’s location on the spectrum of familiarity and alienation also potentially affects the elicited emotional response in the viewer.”

 

Vaughn Spann belongs to a lineage of artists for whom applying paint to canvas represents a small fragment of the possibilities of painterly investigation. Though countless artists have painted on alternative surfaces, there is still a primacy assigned to the significance of paint on canvas.  It is here that Spann’s work begins. Formal curiosity and a fascination with texture and color leads his approach to painting while political concerns influence his uneasy relationship to mainstream painting practices. Combining a non-traditional approach with unconventional materials, Spann investigates painting as a way of exploring formalism and social issues.

 

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