There are no whispers in the paintings by newcomer Nina Chanel Abney. The exhibition title, Dirty Wash, a synonym for gossip and scandal, alludes to the multifarious issues the artist scrutinizes. The work will wrap around the gallery in full panoramic immersion delivering social critique on a grand scale. Nina often asks friends and family to pose for sittings in which she copies their likeness. Between the start and finish of the painting limbs disappear, races morph, genders change and faces mask. The varied surfaces and complex configuration of the massive canvases combine with fantastic social critique, making the work a powerful force to be reckoned with.
Nina Chanel Abney recently received her MFA from Parsons. This will be her first solo exhibition.