Mary Addison Hackett, Mirror: Leitmotif, 2011
WEEKEND is excited to present Hot Paint, a group exhibition of exceptional painted works by artists Heather Brown, Amy Feldman, Emily Noelle Lambert, Molly Larkey, Allison Miller, and Mary Addison Hackett. Ranging from the abstract to the representational, Hot Paint presents small to medium-sized canvases that touch on current themes in the practice at large.
With the tactile "quilted" layers of Allison Miller's paintings one is often confronted with a picture plane that is at once an object and a window within a window, frozen yet undulating. Configured forms are ambiguous yet familiar, marks reflexive, composition pithy, with meaning always just out of reach.
The colorful expressionistic works of Emily Noelle Lambert speak to the dynamic nature of interconnected systems and internal mythologies. Employing roughly shorn wooden chunks in her paintings, Lambert's works begin to look topographical, like 3-D maps of fantastical cities rendered in vibrant color, an existential and frenetic fugue.
The aggregated signs of Molly Larkey coalesce into works that parallel early surrealist fragments that she likens to the beginnings of representation. Her works appear tacitly based in the language of mark making and the construction of meaning from random parts; an evolutionary model. Loosely becoming notations for a face or mask on a scruffily painted ground, her congruent shapes are at once arcane symbols and parts of an amorphous whole.
The graphic sharpness, nuance, and virtual vertigo of Amy Feldman's work creates a phenomenal elegance. Her work is at once jarring and subtly humorous, loosely painted yet starkly powerful. The effect is a charged rejection of minimalist rigidity.
Mary Addison Hackett's paintings included in the show operate as literal reflections in paint, based on mirrors and the reflected objects within them. Her work is raw and profound, brash and sophisticated, alluding to the ephemeral nature of seeing and the malleable construction of meaning, memory, and representation.
Heather Brown's paintings are subtle constructions, fitting together like interchangeable puzzle pieces that deal with continuity of thought and the construction of pattern and form. Sometimes organized, geometric, and gridlike while other times seemingly random and chaotic, Brown's works offer up a handmade schema of clues to navigate the real and imagined.
Heather Brown lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from UCLA and has exhibited her works extensively in Los Angeles and beyond.
Amy Feldman lives and works in New York City and received an MFA in painting from Rutgers University. She has exhibited her work in NY, Chicago, and Berlin.
Mary Addison Hackett lives and works in Los Angeles and Nashville, TN. She received an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, Irvine, CA and New York.
Emily Noelle Lambert lives and works in New York City. She received an MFA from Hunter College, NY. She has exhibited her work in NY and throughout the US, with international exhibitions in Korea, Turkey and the Netherlands.
Molly Larkey lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received an MFA from Rutgers University and BA from Columbia. She has exhibited her work extensively including exhibitions in NY and Los Angeles, and London. She also is the founder of a respected curatorial project in LA, Statler-Waldorf.
Allison Miller lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received an MFA from UCLA and is currently represented by ACME. Los Angeles and Susan Inglett in NY. She has exhibited her works throughout the US including Los Angeles, NY, Las Vegas, and Texas. She was recently selected for inclusion in the new LA Biennial, Made in LA 2012, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.