Horton Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition fea turing the work of London based painter Selma Parlour and Nottingham based multi-media artist Yelena Popova. In this exhibition\, the ab stract paintings on view examine not only the visual iconography of Moderni st painting\, but also the rhetorical structures used to define both Modern ism and its critique.

Parlour\, who is currently working towards a PhD in Art at Goldsmith Colle ge\, University of London\, uses the content and process of her academic re search to inform her artistic practice. Shapes and forms rendered in thin t ransparent washes of paint are conceived of as representing rhetorical elem ents such as subject matter and analogy. Visually\, the works explore featu res of painting that have been subject to scrutiny throughout the medium’s history such as surface emphasis versus pictorial illusionism and the arbit rariness of the visual sign versus the directness of the gestural index. At times certain works become more representational\, seeming to depict actua l abstract paintings within an archetypal Modern gallery space. As a result \, Parlour’s paintings make iconographic reference to a multitude of pivota l Modern artists such as Mark Rothko\, Ad Reinhardt\, and Ellsworth Kelly\, while playfully glimpsing generalized moments in the evolution of the pict orial field throughout painting’s history.

In this series of pale paintings\, Popova\, a recent Royal College of Art graduate\, uses the compositional sensibilities of Rus sian Constructivism as a departure point\, but deviates from the movement’s aggression and boldness to take on a palette that introduces the visual cu lture of our IKEA dominated contemporary era. Like Constructivist predecess ors such as Kazimir Malevich and Alexander Rodchenkco\, Popova is intereste d in society’s relationship with machines\, which today involves a familiar ity with translucent digital surfaces and the immateriality of screen based images. Popova\, who like Parlour works with thin layers of diluted paint\ , creates ethereal images to represent her view that the Modernist narrativ e is “the history of matter tamed\,” and that\, “everything\, from producin g better houses to using atomic energy\, points to matter becoming domestic ated at all levels.” As thin layers of paint appear to evaporate and expose the natural fibers of the linen substrate\, the instability or submission of matter is suggested. Effects such as these in Popova’s paintings serve a s metaphors for the progress\, defeat\, and competition involved in Moderni st dialogue.

LOCATION:Horton Gallery\,504 West 22nd St \nNew York\, NY 10011 SUMMARY:Selma Parlour and Yelena Popova\, Selma Parlour\, Yelena Popova END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20180120T225508Z UID:220456 DTSTART:20120614T180000 DTEND:20120614T200000 LOCATION:Horton Gallery\,504 West 22nd St \nNew York\, NY 10011 SUMMARY:Selma Parlour and Yelena Popova\, Selma Parlour\, Yelena Popova END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR