A Conversation with Artists of The New Intimists
NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. is pleased to host a conversation between the Curator of The New Intimists - Samantha Friedman, and participating artists: Tamara Thomsen, Heejung Cho, Mark Joshua Epstein, and Amy Lincoln. The curator will present the current exhibition and the artists will offer commentary on their work. Audience members will have the opportunity to be involved in the discussion and to ask questions.
The New Intimists is an excitingly soft-spoken exhibition, proving that two-dimensional work remains powerful. This exhibition considers a trend within contemporary practice to embrace the decorative through the use of pattern and the subject of the interior. Inheriting the tradition of the late 19th century Nabis, these artists embrace flatness in their form and look inside for their content.
Tamara Thomsen, a Brooklyn painter, explores the interior’s special relationship to the past. In a series of large watercolors called Chambers, based on an 18th century colonial mansion in Philadelphia, Thomsen invigorates spaces of neutral gray and white with impossibly bright, imagined color. Georgian mouldings and banisters become grounds for graphic play, almost as if Thomsen had become this historic house’s most unlikely interior decorator.
Korean-born, Brooklyn-based artist Heejung Cho similarly investigates how memories can be mapped by certain interiors. Her paintings on panel condense the clutter of rooms in which she or her friends have lived onto one-dimensional surfaces, which are then expanded into installations. Cho pays special attention to the rhythmic qualities of her floors, as if experience itself might be rooted in the boldly emphasized boards.
Mark Joshua Epstein is a Brooklyn based artist, who makes work which he says “swings between the poles of representation and abstraction.” In this exhibition we are presented with a series of watercolors that present architectural interventions, which superimpose a new layer of visual information onto existing arrangements, generating a stimulating tension between geometry and the baroque.
Amy Lincoln is also an artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her paintings of interior spaces and domestic objects revel in the graphic quality of plaid bedspreads, tiled bathrooms, and patterned kitchenware. Empty rooms and common surfaces become conduits for design elements, questioning the order of visual reality.
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