Sharon Butler, Brightly Colored Separates 2, 2010, oil on canvas, 30×40 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Storefront.
STOREFRONT is pleased to announce On Display, a three-person exhibition curated by Hrag Vartanian featuring paintings by Sharon Butler and Cathy Nan Quinlan with sculptural objects by Joy Curtis.
On Display offers three challenging new perspectives on abstraction. Each artist employs familiar forms, but in different and idiosyncratic ways. Their work thus embodies an inventive and wide-ranging exploration of crucial elements of visual language: framing, illusion, and ultimately imperfection.
Sharon Butler’s paintings embrace the slightly off-kilter, the not-quite-right, the un-straight line, discordant color, and awkwardly placed shapes. “Uncertainty and doubt are central to my painting practice – I’ve learned to respect the tentative and contingent.” Butler blogs at Two Coats of Paint, writes for The Brooklyn Rail, and is a professor in the art department at Eastern Connecticut State University. She divides her time between New York City and Mystic, her hometown in Connecticut.
Joy Curtis’s sculptures explore bad form and anxious psychological space. The familiar, the irrational, the discarded, and the imperfect particularly intrigue her. Her recent solo shows include exhibitions at Klaus Von Nichtsaggend, and Amphibological Displays at HQ, both in Brooklyn, NY. Curtis’s work has been in many group exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, including shows at CRG, Lehmann Maupin, Triple Candie, and Workspace.
Cathy Nan Quinlan’s paintings crosshatch, separate and reintroduce pictorial space. “Every so often, standing at the easel, I say to myself, about myself, ‘She paints like an angel.’ Slightly more frequently, I think the painting is shit and say, like Faust, ‘I am a wretched fool and still no wiser than before.’” Quinlan is a passionate cook, founder of The Temporary Museum, author of The Platonic Solids, sometime art critic (The Brooklyn Rail and Artcritical) and co-writer with Su Friedrich of the film Hide and Seek (1996). Quinlan lives in Brooklyn.
Hrag Vartanian is a Brooklyn-based writer, blogger, and cultural worker. He edits the art blogazine Hyperallergic.
A full-color catalogue with essays by Butler, Curtis, Quinlan, Vartanian accompanies the exhibition.
Also in the backroom: In Pieces / New Collage featuring works by Michele Araujo, Paul D’Agostino, Theresa Ganz, Sarah Hardesty, and Ellen Letcher.