Anya Tish Gallery presents Puffy, Prickly, Poured opening reception
Anya Tish Gallery will present Puffy, Prickly, Poured, an exhibition featuring new and recent paintings, sculpture, and installation by three U.S. based, female artists representing diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Claire Ashley of Edinburgh, Scotland, currently based in Chicago, creates a conjunction of abstract painting and monumental sculpture by sewing together expansive swaths of canvas tarpaulin and spray-painting the wilted pile before inflating it into it’s ultimately bulbous form. Ashley's sculptures mimic the hug-able shapes of stuffed animals while parallelling relationships of the human body: inhalation and exhalation, wrinkled skin versus taut, the evolution of a pregnant woman's stomach.
- Born in Qingyang, China and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Xuan Chen drew off inspirations from traditional Chinese ink paintings and her scientific background to innovate her own process of painting. First pouring thick shapes of paint onto plastic, Chen individually peels each from its base before reconfiguring them onto a wooden panel, transforming the paint into an object to be sculpted rather than brushed.
- Dallas-based Dan Lam of Manila, Philippines creates free-formed globular sculptures that resemble enticing yet hazardous organic matter from another universe. Covered in vivid, painted spikes that gradate in color and size, the sculptures incite a dual sensation that both repels the viewer and begs them to come closer.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through August 13.