Naming Gallery presents new work by Frantz Jean-Baptiste, Nadair Asghari and Nick Wilkinson on view October 13th - November 3rd
Opening Reception November 11th 6-9 PM
Closing Reception December 1st 6-9 PM
Featuring performances by:
EVIL TWINS (7:30pm)
Also don't miss:
PLAY PRESS ZINE RELEASE
UNITY PRESS POP UP
SEX POP UP (Technopagan clothing line)
One of the things that has always interested me is how painting as a language is referential to actual written language. As the last year has progressed, I’ve moved towards creating work with a greater sense of language intertwined; intuitively adding and layering shapes and marks as if I’m composing a sentence or paragraph. In my paintings I consider the many marks to be comparable to words or sentences, hieroglyphic symbols and signs, which are basically pictures, that over the years have become understood as words as they were deciphered. What I am constantly aiming for is that that weird space between where a symbol becomes something that can be disseminated or understood as some sort of written text yet is still a mysterious vessel that cannot quite be pinned down. It is communication at its most finite and it is within this frame of reference that I feel the work really takes hold.
My drawings are about the enjoyment of mark making. They are intended as light hearted escapes into abstraction.
My acrylic furniture and objects reflect an appreciation of dated space age concepts, movements like Memphis Design, and toyshop aesthetics—Barbie in particular.
Altered landscapes reveal both the intricacy of the earth as a system and the complexity of our response to the natural world, while retaining a sense of specificity and intimacy. I anthropomorphized animals and cast them as key players in an epic production, of which I too was a part. The natural world was enchanted and, although by no means idyllic, ethical in an unsentimental way. My love of Nature evolves into a fascination with biology and behavioral science. My current theme of work is borne of these ideas and questions, but also responds to our contemporary cultural and political climate: extremism and philosophical relativism thrive today, symptomatic of an ailing faith in reason and idealism; the global populace is increasingly uncertain and insecure; we embrace hybrid cosmologies, mixing our traditional stories and religions with science, consumerism and imported narratives.