WORK IN PROGRESS
This second issue of Work in Progress presents five artists whose works deal with manipulations of figure, materials, and forms, ranging from realistic graphite drawings to abstract, mixed-media paintings. Thinking about them collectively, there is a common attention and interest in translation and engaging with the subject, where meaning and image overlap and diverge in undulate ways.
Painting nostalgic and carefree scenes constructed from her own experiences or imagination, Giordanne Salley’s pieces evoke bittersweet dreams and romantic memories. Adhering paper to her canvases to build up surface tensions between shapes and flattened forms, Salley renders emotions and nostalgia into form. Alongside Salley, Kyle Vu-Dunn creates autobiographical, sculptural paintings. Carved from foam and scaled close to life-size, his pieces carry weight and construct a clear physical presence, allowing for the presentation of fantasies, realities, and abstract thoughts as object forms. Alex Ebstein’s mixed-media paintings and sculptures evoke form through an absence of figuration by abstracting the body and allowing for an exploration of material to render her subjects. Working with the potentials of different media and the implications of merging materials, Ebstein explores the effects and potential of negative space, signifying figures and shapes through amplifying their presence or absence.
Manipulating light, color, scale, and shadow to play with articulation and perceptions of space, Corydon Cowansage disorients and repositions the viewer in relation to her paintings’ subjects. Her vibrant use of color and her playful employment of scale and repetition allows for an optical disorientation of space and form.
Finally, by creating realistic drawings that engage with the source material of the Xerox as both a subject of transcription and as a reproducible source image, Andy Mister repositions the viewer in relation to his subject matter by ambiguously cropping the image, altering the tone and color through acrylic washes, and playing with size and scale. His technical pieces are very much attuned to questions of appropriation and reproduction, and they challenge an immediate understanding of the image and its source.
I’m very excited and proud to release this issue and present the work and interviews of these five artists. Many thanks to Giordanne, Kyle, Alex, Corydon, and Andy for their willingness to participate and openness in discussing and sharing their work and studios with me and to Val Ocampo for laying out and designing this issue.
- Sholeh Hajmiragha