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Autonomie is proud to be hosting Traumatic Materiality: Painting (In)elegance  this coming Saturday the 17th of March from 7-1 0:00 pm as the second part of Pacific Non-Standard Time. Please join us for this Foundation for Art Resources event.
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Traum atic Materiality: Painting (In)elegance
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Curated by Steve Ha mpton
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Traumatic Materiality: Painting (In)elegance brings together a diverse group of Los Angeles-based painters in order to examine and question the role that the extreme usage of material plays with in contemporary painting. This exhibition draws together eight painters wor king with extremely different aesthetics\, who nonetheless\, exhibit solida rity as they all counsel/consol a "traumatic" material. While the included artists certainly may not identify directly with the terms “Trauma” and/or “(In)elegance” in efforts to describe their own works or practice\, the pai ntings included within Traumatic Materiality insist on a specific aesthetic  identity by way of an over-identification with its own materiality\, resul ting in exaggerated spills\, swaths\, globs\, heaps\, patches\, dollops\, e tc. within the context of painterly composition and arrangement. In additio n\, the material behavior of paint is also prone to simultaneously become o ther – textured threads\, confectionaries\, patterning\, still life\, figur ative\, and even narrative in appearance. The trauma or fracture is evidenc ed precisely here as materiality splinters\, unwilling to coalesce around a specific behavior. As paint refuses to identify as a complete and simple m aterial\, never fully settling into representational effects or metaphor\, these painterly practices oscillate between stratagem and devout transparen cy\, culminating in a type of agnostic abstraction. It may also be possible to describe this emphasis placed on materiality as an (in)elegance: throug h the flaunting of oil and/or acrylic\, all of these painters indulge in de ceptively clumsy material handling\, while at the same time demonstrating c ontinuity with an elegant refinement and ingenuity in the ways in which pai nterly forms are pushed\, coerced\, and developed. These eight painters are simultaneously inelegant and yet exist within a trajectory of innovation t hat exceeds elegance\, culminating in a certain perfect and refined awkward ness.

In spite of the above\, or perhaps even because of it\, ev ident within Traumatic Materiality is a sincere devotion to painting and to paint\, specifically. This is most apparent in these artists' use of paint to highlight the impossibilities within its own practice. Each painter may be seen as taking the subject of “painting” as their program\, as they sim ultaneously bracket and frustrate its capabilities\, in essence articulatin g a form of meta-critique. While pinpointing an inherent trauma within pain t\, these artists also manage to soothe this trauma by cajoling the paint i nto contemporary expressions of what painting is today -- something beyond a literal materiality\, and yet without the safety net of a metaphysical pr ogram. Many of the artists in this exhibition exercise a hyper-self-reflect ive/post-medium-specific practice\, where common themes such as doubt or ir reconcilability become the condition and motivation for legitimate contempo rary painterly programs. Ultimately\, while paint is used here to highlight a split of trauma\, it also serves to suture together multiple realities a nd/or uses\, as all painters are aware of working on the precarious edifice that is painting's metaphysical ruins.
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Artists Included: Nick Aguayo\, Jonathan Apgar\, Cole James\, Caitlin Slegr\, Ian Trout\, Tessie Whitmore
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