Night Gallery is pleased to present Anna Rosen’s first solo exhibition “Skechers Shape- Ups Work.” Reflecting the double entendre located within Rosen’s paintings, the exhibition title is simultaneously a statement that Skechers Shape-Ups live up to their claim and the name for a body of artwork employing Skechers Shape-Ups. Fascinated by the Skechers company’s ability to stratify walking into productive and non productive spheres (depending on whether you are wearing Shape-Ups or not), Rosen conflates the claims of advertising with the claims an artist can make about his or her work.
Skechers Shape-Ups Work = This is a Painting
In Rosen’s paintings, the shoe is neutered of its intended use value but its presence as symbol, material, and design is strengthened. In effect, even though these shoes can no longer be worn they are still Working. They signify a productive space as they enhance Rosen’s compositions through their odd, cushy volume and athletic details. The Shape- Ups also provide a conceptual and aesthetic umbrella under which Rosen is able to explore the alien, the mystical, the martial, the humorous, and the post-apocalyptic. Through her explorations Rosen proves that Skechers Shape-Ups DO in fact work. In painting as with Skechers Shape-Ups, the truth of a claim often lies in the embrace of its subjective limit, i.e. its untruth. Skechers Shape-Ups Work because how could they not?
"YOUR BOOBS WIL BE JEALOUS"
Anna Rosen (b. 1984) received her MFA from Columbia in 2009 and her BA from RISD in 2005. Rosen has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent and upcoming exhibition venues include Cleopatra, New York, NY; Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, China; Torrence Shipman Gallery, New York, NY; LIMAZULU, London, UK; Joost Academie, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.