WEEKEND is excited to present Hot Paint, a group exhibition of exceptional painted works by artists Heather Brown, Amy Feldman, Emily Noelle Lambert, Molly Larkey, Allison Miller, and Mary Addison Hackett. Ranging from the abstract to the representational, Hot Paint presents small to medium-sized canvases that touch on current themes in the practice at large.
With the tactile "quilted" layers of Allison Miller's paintings one is often confronted with a picture plane that is at once an object and a window within a window, frozen yet undulating. Configured forms are ambiguous yet familiar, marks reflexive, composition pithy, with meaning always just out of reach.
The colorful expressionistic works of Emily Noelle Lambert speak to the dynamic nature of interconnected systems and internal mythologies. Employing roughly shorn wooden chunks in her paintings, Lambert's works begin to look topographical, like 3-D maps of fantastical cities rendered in vibrant color, an existential and frenetic fugue.
The aggregated signs of Molly Larkey coalesce into works that parallel early surrealist fragments that she likens to the beginnings of representation. Her works appear tacitly based in the language of mark making and the construction of meaning from random parts; an evolutionary model. Loosely becoming notations for a face or mask on a scruffily painted ground, her congruent shapes are at once arcane symbols and parts of an amorphous whole.
The graphic sharpness, nuance, and virtual vertigo of Amy Feldman's work creates a phenomenal elegance. Her work is at once jarring and subtly humorous, loosely painted yet starkly powerful. The effect is a charged rejection of minimalist rigidity.
Mary Addison Hackett's paintings included in the show operate as literal reflections in paint, based on mirrors and the reflected objects within them. Her work is raw and profound, brash and sophisticated, alluding to the ephemeral nature of seeing and the malleable construction of meaning, memory, and representation.
Heather Brown's paintings are subtle constructions, fitting together like interchangeable puzzle pieces that deal with continuity of thought and the construction of pattern and form. Sometimes organized, geometric, and gridlike while other times seemingly random and chaotic, Brown's works offer up a handmade schema of clues to navigate the real and imagined.