The Fantastic Painting Show
Rebecca Haskins, Bettina Sellmann, and Shiri Mordechay are pleased to present The Fantastic Painting Show. Independently produced, and held in a former nightclub space in Manhattan’s Chelsea Gallery District, the exhibition will feature new and recent paintings by the young female artists who respectively hail from the United States, Germany, and Israel.
The works on view are united in a fanciful sensibility; threads of a pervasive sense of the fantastic, imaginative nostalgia, and an eye to pre-modern art history weave between them. The relatively small-scale acrylic paintings of Rebecca Haskins contrast patterns reminiscent of traditional European, Persian, and South Asian patterning against superimposed images of iconic antiquities and classic designed objects. Moments of the artist’s personal feelings of intimacy towards the objects are interspersed with bursts of abstraction. The combination is dreamlike, at times bordering on psychedelia.
Shiri Mordechay will present a large-scale, irregularly shaped scroll painting displaying a surreal narrative where grotesque imaginative beings and spritely characters interact against a vast landscape. Overlaid with smaller paintings and mixed-media sculptural elements, the work will encompass an entire wall of the exhibition space.
Lastly, a series of paintings by Bettina Sellmann present lushly-colored compositions in which hints of characters reminiscent of mid 20th-century retro kitsch emerge beneath a swirling milieu of colors, and vibrant frosting-like strokes of paint rendered with a delicate hand.
About Rebecca Haskins
A graduate of the Cooper Union with an MFA from Central Saint Martins, London, Haskins was born in Roanoke, VA, and raised outside Washington DC. She has been included in public exhibitions in Germany, the United States, and United Kingdom, and has more recently exhibited at Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin, and group exhibitions throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. She lives and works in New York City.
About Bettina Sellmann
Sellmann is a graduate of the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main, and received an MFA from Hunter College in 2002. An alum of the Skowhegan program, she has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including Derek Eller Gallery, New York. Her works are held in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She lives and works in Berlin.
About Shiri Mordechay
Born in Israel and raised in Nigeria, Mordechay has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from the School of VisualArts, in addition to studies at the Avni Institut, Tel Aviv. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including shows at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; Arthouse, Austin; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and LACE, Los Angeles. She lives and works in New York City.