Andrea Meislin Gallery is pleased to present Gender
exhibition by Toronto-based artist Shelley Adler. The show consists of eight new paintings and will be Adler’s
first solo exhibition in New York. An opening reception for the artist will be held on May 10,
from 4 to 7 PM.
The human face is the subject matter of Shelley
Adler’s paintings. In this
exhibition, each painting features a single figure against a blank background.
By removing any sense of narrative, Adler provides only the mutual gaze between
subject and viewer, effectively isolating the psychological component of this
interaction. In paintings where the subject turns away from the viewer, an
inward reality is still apparent. Adler uses a muted palette of pinks, blues, and oranges, creating a
feeling that is subdued while at the same time unsettling. The process of painting is felt in the
active brushwork and layered texture on the canvas.
With her new paintings Adler has turned her focus to gender
identity and the representation of young men and women. In the male-dominated field of painting, young adults have
often been rendered by men who look upon the care and development of children
with detachment and romanticism. Directly
addressing this issue, Adler emphasizes the “female-gaze,” investigating the
physical transformation from adolescence to adulthood as well as the psychological
transition from childhood innocence to adolescent awareness. “Boy in a Cap,”
for instance, depicts a jaunty youth sporting an expression of arrogance and
mischievousness, his ball cap sitting tilted atop his head. As Adler explains, “I am interested in
how motherhood can be a subject in the realm of contemporary painting without
putting it into the expected corners…..effectively painting it from the inside
Shelley Adler has exhibited extensively throughout
Canada. She has had solo shows at
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto (2006), State Gallery, Vancouver (2002), and
has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Sarah Myerscough Fine
Art, London (2008). Adler received
her MFA from Boston University in 1987. She graduated from York University in Toronto in 1983 and attended
Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 1982. In the fall of 2007, Canadian Art Magazine published a
feature article on her work, written by Gillian Mackay.
For more information please contact the gallery at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 627-2552.