Paint like dreaming:
addison adams, chris deriso, nico marulanda
Curated by Karen Tauches
FEBRUARY 21 - APRIL 4
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6-9 pm
ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 3pm
Dreams are the language of the unconscious mind, unique to each individual. The Swan Coach House Gallery presents an exhibition of three emerging artists who process their waking lives through a prolific free-flow of imagery. Each demonstrates a painting and drawing practice that acts like dreaming, mixing abstract and literal elements into distinct personal styles of expression.
Addison Adams’ painterly and playful abstractions are oddly figurative,but cleverly smeared beyond recognition. Larger paintings are informed by cartoon-like sketches of bodies and objects. Often, a storyboard element appears at the bottom of his artworks, with fuzzy linear squares denoting a hidden narrative.
Intense, emotionally sensitive, and excited about art, Chris Deriso is always channeling work. Like an “outsider” or “visionary” artist, he states that he co-creates with his imagination, allowing imagery to flow through him from some other place.
As an artist who has recently come out as transgender, Nico Marulanda works out fantasy, fears, and personal freedom on paper. Her art-making functions as a safety zone of watery aesthetics, mysterious narratives, and serenity.
All three artists work in a non-linear fashion, allowing the voice of their inner psychologies to express. As Carl Jung said in his famous Red Book, “Dreams are the speech of my soul.”
Image: Addison Adams, Untitled, 27” x 22,” 2018
2018-19 EMERGING ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENT CURTIS AMES: less than more
With Finalists Robert Chamberlin, Krista Clark, Sonya Yong James, and Christina Price Washington
April 11 - May 16
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 6-9pm
ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 3pm
The Swan Coach House Gallery and the Forward Arts Foundation are pleased to present less than more by Curtis Ames, recipient of the organization’s 2018-19 Emerging Artist Award.
less than more is the fruit of Ames’ scholarly and creative research on concepts related to effort, achievement, and expectation. Working across disciplines, Ames enacts what he calls “uncomplicated and seemingly flippant maneuvers” to imbue seemingly banal materials and objects with affect. For instance, plastic grocery bags repeatedly proclaiming “THANK YOU” hang from brushed brass rods like sterile specimens, while a found low-resolution video continuously loops an idyllic image of a rainbow. The pieces in the exhibition, which range from works on canvas to sculpture, are unified by cool minimalism and cerebral poetics. less than more deliberately generates uncertainty by presenting works that are left purposely unresolved, prompting viewers to grapple with the complicated response of desiring more while accepting what is in front them.
The 2018-19 Emerging Artist Award Finalists–Robert Chamberlin, Krista Clark, Sonya Yong James, and Christina Price Washington–will also have work displayed in the front gallery space during the exhibition.
Image: The Best Things in Life Are, 2017, found video, 00:01:13.