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HUE

Studio 525 is pleased to present HUE, a group exhibition curated by Trotter&Sholer. HUE is a celebration of color. It goes without saying that color is a fundamental element of any work of art, and its emotive quality. The inherent value of color in art leads us to often take for granted its function in a piece. Each of the five artists included in this exhibition employ color in a way that deliberately guides the eye around the work. The muted colors in Deng Shiqing’s diptych are cut by bright reds and a tree that appears almost to be created from light. This use of color serves to both highlight key elements of the work, while leaving other details to be discovered upon closer viewing. Jack Mernin’s works employ blended and secondary colors in large gestural brushstrokes. Mernin’s colorful abstractions have an emotive quality that pulls the eye through lines and shapes that swirl and move around the centre of each canvas. Chellis Baird’s colored lines of fabric create a more organized viewing pattern, as the eye follows the darker hues created by the shadows, colors of her works Woman I and Woman II. Baird’s other works create shape and an almost sculptural effect by weaving vividly colored twists of fabric around supports of various shapes. Jennifer Sullivan employs bright, eccentric, and emotional colors. Her figurative elements also serve to organize the viewers gaze but the large swatches of color that make up the backgrounds of her work add a level of abstraction that pulls the eye away from some of her more figurative elements. Adam Lucas’ geometric shapes of color direct the eye all around the works, darting back and forth. His strong price and organized use of color and clean lines and shapes create a feeling that is both frenetic and controlled. Employing color in unique and deliberate ways has allowed each of these artists to shape the viewing experience, organizing sight lines and visual cues to create and encounter between the viewer and the work.

Chellis Baird (b. 1983) holds a BFA in textiles from Rhode Island School of Design. Her innate passion for creating is deeply rooted in the landscape of textiles from her birthplace of Spartanburg, South Carolina, which today continues its reputation as a textile-centric town. Baird believes craft is one of the purest forms of Americana, and as an American artist, feels these aspects of her personal and cultural past deepen her practice. She views her work as a cross-breed between painting, sculpture, and textile art. Following graduation from RISD in 2005, Baird moved to New York and worked as a fashion designer sculpting the body in textiles. While working at Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Tuleh to name a few, her work was featured in The New York Times, Elle, Vogue and WWD. Meanwhile, her passion for textiles continued to grow into a new body of work as a sculptural painter. Her ‘Woven Paintings’ have been in numerous galleries in Manhattan, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Long Island City, where she works in her studio daily.

Adam Lucas (b. 1984) layers images, text and bold design with playfully acerbic references culled from contemporary culture. Using a loud and elegant color chord, Lucas simulates the experience of being a city-dweller who’s inundated with visual information and coded advertising subtext. His design—blunt, forthright and at—is a nod to the synthetic Cubists; however, calibrated to express the distinctive urban street life and popular culture in America. Lucas’ painted worlds possess a density that is both visual and auditory: on the one hand, they pulsate with sounds and rhythms, as if echoing an encounter with music. On the other hand, with their unmodulated colors bound by crisp borders, his paintings allude to the way our eyes absorb the sleek advertising aesthetic that’s secretly pervasive in our daily lives.

Jack Mernin (b. 1991) is an American artist who divides his time between Manila, Philippines, New York, NY, and Belleville, PA. Mernin received his B.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Mernin’s large-scaled paintings are designed using an intuitive approach that seeks to translate particular visual encounters. Atmospheric forms are suggested as fragments, colliding in rapid succession until a surprising image inadvertently reveals itself. Dynamic color relationships absorb spontaneous structures, which establish seductive, unstable compositions that both command and retain attention. Recent solo exhibitions include Every Now and Again, Altro Mondo, Manilla (2019) and Lansgage, Kanto Gallery, Manila (2018).

Jennifer Sullivan (b. 1978) is a New York-based artist whose painting practice evolved out of roots in performance and video. Her work explores autobiographical subject matter, as well as the relationship between psychology and embodiment, gender, humor, vulnerability, and portraiture. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MFA from Parsons. Recent solo exhibitions include Exiled Parts at No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH (2019), Stretch Marks at Real Estate Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY (2018) and the soft animal of your body at Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (2018). Awards include a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, and residencies at the Lighthouse Works, Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, and Yaddo. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, Artforum, Art News, The Brooklyn Rail, and Art Papers. She is represented by Five Car Garage in Los Angeles, CA.

Deng Shiquing (b. 1994) is a Chinese painter and a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where she won multiple student awards, and received an MFA at the New York Academy of Fine Art, where she was awarded the Terra Foundation Artist Residency in Giverny, France. In 2016, she won first prize in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon art competition. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of China in Beijing, Da Fen Art Museum in Shenzen, and at the United Nations in New York, as well as in group shows in New York, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.


Trotter&Sholer
Trotter&Sholer is an art firm focused on creating art viewing and collecting opportunities for novice and experienced collectors. Owned and operated by Jenna Ferrey, Elisabeth Johs, and Angie Phrasavath, Trotter&Sholer presents short, curated exhibitions of exceptional works of art as well as mediated art experiences.

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Artist

Various Artists

Date

Sep 12 - Sep 15, 2019

Contact

contact@studio525nyc.com

Artworks

Adam Lucas > <

NY THREE

NY ONE

Untitled

Chellis Baird > <

Reclaim

Woman II

Woman I

Anticipation

Impulse

Inside & Out

Deng Shiqing > <

Reflective Dimensions

Jack Mernin > <

In Event of Moon Disaster

Sleep Tsunami

Swell

Forum

Switchback

Jennifer Sullivan > <

Mirror Bed

Afraid Very Afraid

Pickpocket 1 (Film Still)

Adam Lucas > <

NY THREE

NY ONE

Untitled

Chellis Baird > <

Reclaim

Woman II

Woman I

Anticipation

Impulse

Inside & Out

Deng Shiqing > <

Reflective Dimensions

Jack Mernin > <

In Event of Moon Disaster

Sleep Tsunami

Swell

Forum

Switchback

Jennifer Sullivan > <

Mirror Bed

Afraid Very Afraid

Pickpocket 1 (Film Still)

Artists

Adam Lucas

New York

Chellis Baird

Spartanburg

Jack Mernin

New York