Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce PRIMA MATERIA, an exhibition of new paintings by Jay Stuckey. The show will open Saturday September 28 and run through November 9th. The opening reception will be held on Saturday September 28 from 5-7pm. This exhibition will inaugurate the newly expanded gallery space located at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd in Culver City.
For Jay Stuckey’s second exhibition, the artist delves deeper into dreams and archetypical imagery. The paintings utilize an aoristic approach -- an action without denoting whether completed, begun, or repeated -- composing a perpetual grand narrative harkening back to allegorical and historical painting.
Launching from Stuckey’s previous works, the imagery in these new paintings gets pushed back, capturing the outlines and textures of faded fragments of memory, akin to the quality of dreams. They also ask more from the viewer, the images slowly boil up to the surface over a course of time, rather than immediately. Layers of oil paint, oil stick, crayon, and torn paper create a wall-like surface with scrawling figures of various sizes, veering away from the traditional pictorial plane.
By using dreams as subject matter, Stuckey consequently taps into the collective unconscious where the union of opposites manifest – male and female, love and war, darkness and light. In the large scale painting Guardians of the Secret, a smiling couple nestled inside a bus unaware, or hiding from, the dangerous and violent world outside the vehicle. These polarities are a reflection of our collective psychological condition – layered with complexities, sometimes perverted, vulnerable, and humorous.
Along with the union of opposites is a conflation of time and space. In the painting Pallas Athena II, the mythological goddess Athena shares the same canvas as a contemporary blonde female figure smoking a cigarette. As in dreams, the constructs of time and space are irrelevant, and the rules of logic are suspended. Stuckey’s process of synthesizing seemingly random symbols from the conscious and unconscious, from the historical and present, reality and fiction, strikes a familiar chord with the viewer.
Jay Stuckey, b. 1968, Washington D.C. He received his BFA from Brown University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is included in the MoCA permanent collection and various private collections. Solo and group exhibitions include The Company, Post, ACME and FoCA, Los Angeles. The limited edition artist’s book, Glad Day, was published in 2011 and included texts by Linda Norden, John Souza, Rosanna Albertini, and Judith Vida-Spence. Stuckey lives and works in Los Angeles.