JAUS is pleased present the 3-person exhibition “Liminimal” featuring painting by Shingo Francis, Paul Gillis and Darcy Huebler, and curated by Ichiro Irie. The following statement was written by the curator.
The “Liminimal” exhibition begins as a set of questions. First, how does an artist making work today evoke the spirit of Minimalism and its cousin, Non-Objective Geometric Abstraction, without reverting to nostalgia or simple memesis. Second, how close to the minimal and/or non-objective can an artist get without losing reference to their other artistic and philosophical concerns that go beyond, for example, the narrow confines of Reinhardt or Stella’s seminal declarations. The three artists in the “Liminimal” exhibition embrace, to varying degrees, a minimal aesthetic from a formal standpoint while instilling, depending on the artist, elements such as figuration, narrative, mysticism, and traditional craft. Most notably all three artists’ works demonstrate a considerably more overt and evolved preoccupation with pigment, color, and its juxtaposition and psychological/optical effects thereof than their classical-minimalist predecessors.
Furthermore, the strongest commonality between the three who comprise this exhibition is, perhaps, a sense of liminality towards the notion of the minimal. In no way do I suggest that these three are the only artists who approach their work in a comparable vein. They are not. However, all three artists manage to find, in distinct manners, a threshold or in-between space that they call their own.
Born in Santa Monica, CA, Shingo Francis currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Yokohama, Japan, and has exhibited his work internationally since the early 90’s. Since 2014, he has had solo shows at K. Imperial Fine Art in San Francisco, CA, Galerie Paris in Yokohama, Japan, Space bm in Seoul, South Korea, and Misa Shin Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Recent group exhibitions include Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Karuizawa Japan, CFA gallery in Berlin, Germany, Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco, CA and Japan Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. His work belongs to the collections of Banco de España in Madrid, Spain, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, CA, and the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection in New York, NY. Francis received his BFA from Pitzer College and MFA from Art Center College of Design.
Paul Gillis was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his BFA from the University of Kansas in 1997 and received his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2007. In 2014 he had solo exhibitions at Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles and RH Contemporary in New York. He has exhibited internationally and is included in private collections internationally. Paul lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Darcy Huebler has exhibited her work internationally in shows at Fredericks Freiser Gallery in New York City, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Tanja Grunert Gallery in Cologne, the Young-Eun Contemporary Art Museum in Seoul, The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and the BEAM Foundation in Nijmegan the Netherlands. Recently, Huebler has participated in Christian Mayer's Palm Capsule project at the MAK Center and exhibited a new series of paintings at PØST, Los Angeles. Her work is included in the contemporary collection of the LACMA (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Berkeley Art Museum. Darcy Huebler received both her BFA and MFA at California Institute of the Arts where she now teaches.
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