For the summer of 2009, JK Gallery presents a two-person exhibition of works by Jaclyn Mednicov and Elizabeth Gahan. Both artists present work that demonstrates experimental drawing and painting techniques, using a wide variety of materials, applications and surfaces. In each work, structures, vacancies and curiosities are layered and woven together to create peculiar, dreamlike environments.
Mednicov’s paintings and works on paper express her response to the push and pull between nature and the man-made structures in her urban environment. Using primarily pen, ink and washes, organic intricacies and material bundles exist within vast expanses. Mednicov says that the empty spaces she renders “serve as witness to abandoned human activity.” As a New York City resident, Mednicov portrays the overgrown, overlooked and remote bits of the frenetic cityscape.
Jaclyn Medinocov received her BFA from the University of Kansas in 1999. In 2007 she completed a residency program at the Vermont Studio Center in 2007. Mednicov has exhibited nationally and currently resides in New York City.
Elizabeth Gahan explores locations physically and culturally. While the structures she portrays are made somewhat familiar to viewers by her use of the common commercial material, vinyl as well by rendering moments of realism, Gahan’s constructed scenes overall bear the appearance of a distorted reality, hallucinatory at times. Extremely bright and graphic details express her response to “overarching rapid technological advancements and the hyper-real beautification of daily life.” Gahan’s interpretation of our suburban and urban environments is experiential, and presents her keen attention to the constant changes our culture and physical surrounds are undergoing.
Elizabeth Gahan received her MFA from Claremont University in 2008. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout California and has received several grants and fellowships.