Floaters are deposits of various size, shape, and consistency that exist within the eye’s vitreous humor. They may appear as spots, webs, fragments, or threads that float slowly before the observer’s eyes. In this exhibition, BravinLee programs presents the work of seven painters, whose abstracted imagery is located between the familiar and peculiar, revealing spatial ambiguities and vague references. Most of the work emerges out of abstraction and plays with its conventions and classifications, much like the floater that moves about your field of vision. The show includes work by Clint Jukkala, Alexander Kroll, Evan Nesbit, Erik Olson, Eric Sall, Bret Slater, and Amanda Valdez.
Clint Jukkala received a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1998. He is represented by Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, and his work has been included in recent exhibitions at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and ZieherSmith Gallery in New York. He has also shown at Envoy Enterprises and Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York.
Alexander Kroll has shown his paintings and drawings extensively across the U.S. at galleries and institutions including: CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles; James Harris Gallery, Seattle; ACME, Los Angeles; Jessica Silverman, San Francisco; and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, among many others. Kroll has taught painting widely at universities including: Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Cal State Long Beach, and Yale University.
Evan Nesbit lives and works in Nevada City, California. A recent graduate of the Yale M.F.A. program, Nesbit has had solo exhibitions at Ever Gold Gallery in San Francisco and Motus Fort in Tokyo. He was in a two-person exhibition this fall at Storefront, Bushwick.
Erik Olson is a Canadian artist who has exhibited with Michael Gibson in Ontario, Doug Udell in Vancouver, and Skew Gallery in Calgary, as well as several other galleries in Canada. He has been the recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts project grant several times.
Eric Sall graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1999 and earned an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. Awards include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship. His work belongs to permanent collections including: the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, New Mexico; and the Saatchi Collection, London.
Bret Slater received his M.F.A. from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He has recently had solo shows with Elaine Levy Poject in Brussles; Mary Walker Gallery in Dallas; Morgan Lehman's project space, New York; and Annex 14 in Zurich, and he has an upcoming exhibition at Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago. His works are in the public collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana.
Amanda Valdez received her M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York City and B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her most recent solo exhibition was “Taste of Us” at Denny Gallery. She has exhibited in several group shows in New York and throughout the United States. She has been the recipient of a Yaddo Artist-in-Residency, MacDowell Colony Artist-in-Residency, and the 2011 College Art Association M.F.A. Professional-Development Fellowship, and she is a contributing arts editor at Dossier Journal and Bomb Magazine.