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Unframed (New York): America Martin
Sep 08 - Jan 06 2023 - 33 days left
JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present, Unframed, an exhibition of new work rooted in America Martin’s investigation of the human experience. Featuring a selection of unframed pieces, Unframed explores both the literal boundaries and conceptual confines that Martin’s practice defies. Bursting with life, form, and color, Martin seeks to expand upon themes of self-exploration and transcending limitations. From paintings that inherently do not require framing, to works on paper that have not yet been framed, this exhibition invites the viewer to engage with Martin’s art in an organic, visceral way. Prioritizing the figure as a central focal point throughout her career, Martin’s imagery is allegorical, familiar, and above all, hopeful. Exhilaratingly fluid and densely rich, the works examine the principles of figuration, portraiture, and the body’s environments. Optimistic in her strokes, omnipresent throughout the narrative, and original in her inspirations, Martin reimagines her preferred subjects of reclined women amidst nature and performing musicians. Maintaining her signature bold line and massive, solid figures across a variety of mediums, Martin’s emotive marks are an assimilation of light, pigment, movement, and an incomparable emphasis on storytelling. Through radical forms and an unmistakable aesthetic sensibility, Martin experiments with line weight and function as a tool for two dimensional representation of three dimensionality. Creating a new balance between solidity, mass, and suggestion, thick lines are filled with the bubbling energy of thin, long scrapes throughout their length – adding both intensity and depth. New modes of expression emerge from continued internal and formal investigations, informed and characterized by Martin’s Colombian heritage with a focus on the anecdotal and symbolic.
Nov 10 - Feb 28 2023 - 86 days left
JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME, featuring works by John “CRASH” Matos. In a playful evolution of color and form, CRASH’s recent works are spray painted on custom-made, shaped canvases. Emphasizing silhouette and the external form, he presents new dynamic compositions that meld the versatility of his canvas medium with the layered depth of sculpture. Wrapping around the edges as if spilling on to the wall, vibrant pigment and decisive lines are barely contained to the planes of each painted surface. An allusion to stylistic progression as well as the contoured canvases, SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME delivers immersive works with steadily unfolding narratives. Challenging tradition for decades, CRASH’s ongoing exploration of spray paint as an art form breaks from convention both through technique and his irregularly shaped forms. Utilizing canvases that resemble wristwatches, stars, and speech bubbles, he continues a conversation around scope, scale, and environment. CRASH’s fluorescent palette and structural brashness cements his work firmly in the present, as he works within a dialogue culled from classic pop culture, comic book and print references. Balancing flatness with dimensionality, CRASH maintains his signature elements of ocular imagery, lens flare, and resolute slashes of color. Disrupting line trajectory and creating frenetic, unexpected compositions, he generates works that embody the experience of the world in tandem with the viewer. Rooted in his identity as a Bronx-born graffiti artist, having come of age in the hip-hop fueled Bronx of the late 1970s, his distinct style made him an iconic part of the New York City visual landscape, while also pioneering a new age for graffiti in 1980 when he curated the pivotal “Graffiti Art Success for America” exhibition at Fashion MODA. A frequent collaborator, CRASH is continuously engaged in various projects, commissions, and numerous museum shows, with works in many permanent museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Brooklyn Museum (New York), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale), and Stedeljik Museum (Amsterdam). Whether on city streets or gallery walls, concrete or canvas, CRASH’s works are instantly recognizable. John ‘CRASH’ Matos’ work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression.
SAMSARA: Brooke Shaden
Feb 15 - Apr 30 2023
JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present SAMSARA, a solo exhibition of new works by photographer Brooke Shaden. Drawn from the Sanskrit word meaning “world,” the title refers to the cyclicality of life, death, and rebirth. Like the concept suggesting that worldly life is a circuit of inescapable constant change, Shaden balances control and surrender throughout her intricate compositions to capture a lifelong fascination with the beauty of mortality. Combining allegorical symbolism with personal narrative, Shaden integrates differing cultural perspectives and rituals surrounding death. Devising and reflecting transformed images through a digital editing process, the resulting compositions are simultaneously familiar, yet otherworldly. As Shaden creates a rich, uncomfortable, and open space to dissect the internalization of grief, imagery such as a glass hearse from India and Tibetan Sky Burials further illuminate how anguish manifests based on culture, location, and spiritual beliefs. Through her stylistic alterations, unsettling visuals unify these ideologies through the universal reality of death: vulnerability felt by both the dying and by the bereft. Expanding on this vulnerability through nudity and positioning of the human form, her images are tonally and thematically representational of existence and impermanence. Shaden’s profound connection to storytelling and materiality combine her painterly aesthetics with mixed media. Seeking a karmic balance through the use of organic additions of sand, dirt, and hair, Shaden intensifies and compliments atmospheric textures. Accompanying the framed original mixed media photographs, SAMSARA features sculptural components, redacted eulogies that serve as short poems, and an auditory experience. The multifaceted use of materials are themselves a form of samsara, a cycle of life in which elements are repurposed in an unending flow. Brooke Shaden’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression.