Gina Magid, Josh Podoll, Judy Linn
Feature Inc. opens this 2012-13 season with two exhibitions of expressive paintings, one on the northwall by Gina Magid and another on the southwall by Josh Podoll, and a photo project in the upfront by Judy Linn. The exhibitions open on Wednesday 5 September with a reception 6-8 pm and continue thru 7 October, Wednesday-Sunday 12-6 pm.
GINA MAGID uses elements of drawing and a fairly dark palette to make paintings where both the paint application and subject matter feel lived in. Her brushwork is basic and straightforward and doesn’t go out of the way to hide earlier developments, and her foregrounded subject matter makes no effort to deny the obviousness of her entertainment of a pipe not being just a pipe. While all the paintings exhibited are relatively slow in tone and pace and compositionally cultivate moving the viewer’s attention and thoughtfulness into or onto the resonance of the object represented, it is worth noting that in the two figurative works, one a portrait of Nina Simone and the other a portrait of the artist, both are wearing rings that visually counterpoint their open and forward-gazing eyes that transmit back to the viewer all that they put on them. Gina Magid lives in Brooklyn and attended UC Santa Cruz for her BA (1992) and Pratt Institute for her MFA (1996). She began exhibiting with Feature Inc. in 2000, and this is her third one-person exhibition with the gallery.
JOSH PODOLL’s most recent paintings are swirling and expanding atmospheres populated with a jumble of simple shapes and masses of various colors, densities, and textures. Loosely formed, each floats as a mutable thing with irregular edges within the confines of the white canvas in much the way I imagine a mass of soup without a bowl would float in outer space—part animation, part science. Space generally opens toward the top of the canvas and a sense of weight or heaviness occurs at the bottom, yet there is no ground. Podoll’s palette is limited and nears monochrome yet there are enough distinctions to move the push and pull over to micro macro. The more solidified shapes and masses moving through the splashes, bursts, and gushes of the soup seem to be navigating under the playful intelligence of air traffic control. And every now and then I catch a glimpse of one of these paintings and it feels like a head full of thoughts. Josh Podoll lives in San Francisco, attended Maharishi International University for his BFA (1996) and University of Iowa for his MFA (2002). He first exhibited with Feature Inc. in 2004, and this is his third solo exhibition with the gallery.
JUDY LINN, noted for watching the world with a patient eye, will grace the upfront with some of her recent photographs. Playing off neighborhood shops with signs in their windows, two photos of building facades will be taped to the front windows of the gallery. Judy Linn was born in Detroit, has a BFA from Pratt Institute (1969), and lives upstate NY.