Larissa Bates, Head Honchos Capture MotherMan and RockMan, 2010, gouache and on paper, 10 by 7 inches, 17 by 14 inches framed. Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery.
Monya Rowe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and video by Larissa Bates titled Man Enough.
An essay by Stefanos Geroulanos titled Struggle, Ground, State of Nature accompanies the exhibition.
Perched as they are up against each other, one wonders if figure and ground ever meet. “Figure” in the present case stands for anyone or more of a set of characters, some of them muscular male wrestlers, calm amidst an artful struggle with one another, others small figures facing the viewer, saddened, almost cartoonish, tense, multiplied. And as “ground” we find majestic landscapes, mostly adopted and adapted from large-size landscape paintings or Japanese ukiyo-e style paintings. Larissa Bates’ art lies in the crevice and struggle between the two: figure and ground never quite form a whole except in their disjunction, their non-belonging…
Please visit www.monyarowegallery.com to view the full essay by Stefanos Geroulanos.
Stefanos Geroulanos teaches European intellectual history at New York University and is the author of “An Atheism that is not Humanist Emerges in French Thought” (Stanford, 2010).
Macho Man, Mother Man: Rethinking Masculinity
With Geoffrey Chadsey (Artist), Leidy Churchman (Artist), Thomas Lax (Curatorial Assistant at The Studio Museum in Harlem) and Hudson Taylor (Former University of Maryland Champion Wrestler)
Moderated by Colleen Asper (Artist, Co-Founder Ad Hoc Vox)
Organized by Larissa Bates
Saturday, December 11, 2 PM