YOU DRAIN ME :: a group exhibition
Tempus Projects presents YOU DRAIN ME, a group exhibition highlighting works that focuses on melancholic themes, often coupled with tenderness, revealing pathos, sometimes softened by unexpected humor. It opens to the public Saturday, January 21st and runs through Friday, March 3rd. Contributing artists include Ryann Slauson (NY), Jamie Steele (GA/NY), Maria Britton (NC/NY), Aliza Morell (NY), Becky Flanders (FL), April Childers (NC/NY), Wendy Babcox (FL), Langdon Graves (NY) and Leslie Vigilant (OR).
Through a variety of media from artists based throughout the country, the exhibition sets its focus on melancholic themes often coupled with tenderness. The work highlighted in YOU DRAIN ME evoke a poignancy at times softened by unexpected humor. As the title suggests, the collection reflects a psychological continuum stretching across the taxing nature of complex emotional states and its the release of catharsis.
Artist Maria Britton, for example, pairs the immediacy of her improvisational painting with the especially intimate support of found patterned bed sheets. The comfort, emotional and physical, associated with such bedding is interrupted by knots plaited into the fabric, stains of acrylic paint blossoming like hazy memories and forceful brushwork motifs.
Similarly, the work of Langdon Graves presents domestic objects eerily emptied of their functionality, thereby foregrounding its deeply complex accretion of memories and emotional associations. Other artists such as Ryann Slauson and April Childers commandeer popular and familiar imagery, liberating such visuals of their overt significance in favor of an ambiguity that sparks unexpected associations, narratives and personal recollections.
The artwork of YOU DRAIN ME circumvents a tinny sentimentality toward eliciting a genuine sense of pathos. It sets off from an unabashed contemporary context--an image saturated and hyperconnected landscape--and candidly investigates the activity of an inner panorama.
Exhibit Dates: January 21 - March 3, 2017
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