STOREFRONT is pleased to announce the exhibition Please Jump Around Here, curated by Jessica Duffett. The exhibition focuses on local painters and sculptors whose works are in unique dialogue with the language of geometric abstraction.
Please Jump Around Here incorporates a broad range of visual mantras. References include imagery from ancient art, indigenous textiles and painting, shaker visions, Hudson River school painting, abstract expressionism and minimalism. However disparate these influences, all of the works share an unusual commonality: an affinity towards ritual process and sublime experience. The title, derived from a painting by EJ Hauser, encapsulates this sensibility in its literal command to the viewer.
Aberrant yet devotional, this group of works reconstitutes imagery and content from an expansive visual history. Now, as part of the lexicon of contemporary abstraction, ecstatic iconography is translated in an alchemic way to the viewer. Please Jump Around Here is a conversation about practice and ritual, and eliciting viewer's presence in their experience of the work.