Sweet Distemper is a riot of lace, paint, mirror, rug, and chain. Urgency and aggression animate the works; play and vim blossom out of the distressed surfaces. With continued looking, the layers of experiential and formal complexity unfurl: Anna Betbeze's operatic expanses of burnt wool jut against the hard concrete and blackened mirrors of Davina Semo, whose rhythmic grids flow into the cascading lace patterns of Tamara Gonzalez's spray-painted canvases; Despina Stokou's cancelled text paintings and pornographic collages beat into Samara Golden's Migraine sculptures which hang ominously from golden chains. The rich materiality of the exhibition generates an experience sinister yet exuberant, turbulent but considered: a sweet distemper.
Anna Betbeze is based in New York. She holds a BFA from the University of Georgia and a MFA from Yale University. Solo exhibitions include: MASS MoCA (current); Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin (upcoming); Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles (current); Kate Werble Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include: Philadelphia ICA; Modern Collections, London; OHWOW Gallery, Miami; Luxembourg & Dayan, New York.
Samara Golden is based in Los Angeles. She holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a MFA from Columbia University. Solo exhibitions include: Frieze Frame, Frieze Art Fair, New York and Night Gallery, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include: CANADA, New York (current); ACME, Los Angeles (current); The Suburban, Chicago; LAX Art, Los Angeles.
Tamara Gonzalez is based in New York. She holds a BA from Vermont College. Exhibitions include: Martos Gallery, New York (upcoming); Norte Maar, Brooklyn; James Fuentes, New York; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles.
Davina Semo is based in New York. She holds a BA from Brown University and a MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Solo exhibitions include: Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam; Martos Gallery, New York; Rawson Projects, New York. Group exhibitions include: Greene Naftali, New York (current); Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York (current).
Despina Stokou is based in Berlin. She holds a MA from the University of Fine Arts Berlin. Solo exhibitions include: Galerie Krobath, Vienna; Grimmuseum, Berlin; Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece. Group exhibitions include: Mikael Andersen Gallery, Berlin; Breeder Gallery, Athens; Midway Contemporary Arts, Minneapolis.