Nat Meade,  Hood , 2018, Casein on hemp, 24 x 18 inches

Nat Meade, Hood, 2018, Casein on hemp, 24 x 18 inches


Buddy System
June 13 – July 20, 2018

Jonathan Allmaier
Andrés Villalobos Cuevas
Sharona Eliassaf
Clare Grill
Nat Meade
Mónica Palma
Emily Mae Smith
Maria Walker

Deanna Evans Projects is excited to announce Buddy System opening on June 13. For this exhibition, we asked four artists, Sharona Eliassaf, Nat Meade, Mónica Palma, and Maria Walker to show their work alongside a buddy of their choice. The buddy's work can either relate to the artist's practice or be vastly different.


Jonathan Allmaier was born in Catlin, NY.  His work is represented in New York by James Fuentes.

Andrés Villalobos Cuevas (B. 1978) studied Visual Arts at Universidad Autónoma de México where I specialized in sculpture and drawing. His work has focused on one side into the research on the relationship between body and image in which uses drawing and video as tools to explore this. On the other side his work explores play as a tool for artistic processes and it is through conversations and collaborations that I deepen this. In the year 2010 Cuevas co/founded an artist run co-op named Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, which has long been a process of self organization and collective artistic processes which in its core use drawing as our main tool to explore our thoughts and intuitions. As Cráter Invertido we have shown our work in Mexico City, in the Venice Biennale 2015, Jakarta Biennale 2015, and in Gwangju Biennale 2016.

Sharona Eliassaf  (B. 1980) is an American and Israeli painter who lives and works both in New York and Telaviv. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy of art and design, Jerusalem in 2004 , her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2011 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine  in 2011.In 2017 she has exhibited her work in a solo exhibition at Hezi Cohen Gallery, Telaviv. Her work had been shown in the 2012 biennial exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art, New York,  Braverman Gallery Telaviv, E.tay Gallery New York, NurtureArt New York, Trestle Projects New York, Beverly’s New York, Transmitter Gallery New York, September Gallery New York and Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco among others. In the spring of 2018 Sharona Eliassaf will be participating in the exhibition “The Beyond:Georgia Okeeffe and Contemporary Art” at the Crystal Bridges Museum, AK which will travel to the North Carolina Museum of Art,NC and the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut in 2019.

Clare Grill lives and works in Queens, NY. She received her MFA from the Pratt Institute in 2005, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Horton Gallery (New York), Reserve Ames (Los Angeles, CA), Soloway Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT). Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis, New York, Hawaii, San Francisco, Guadalajara, London, Bologna and Denmark. Grill was a 2017 recipient of a Steep Rock Arts residency in Roxbury, CT and was the Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn Rail, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe.

Nat Meade (b. 1975, Greenfield, Massachusetts, Grew up in Portland, Oregon) has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He mounted a recent solo exhibition at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, and recent group shows at the Breeder Gallery in Athens Greece, Galerie Eigenheim in Berlin, Germany and Pt. 2 Gallery in Oakland, CA. Meade was awarded a residency at the Seinna Art Institute, summer 2018 and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program 2016-17. His work has been reviewed in publications, such as Juxtapoz Magazine, Maake Magazine, The Boston Globe and Hyperallergic. Meade holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a BFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. He attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture 2009.

Mónica Palma was born in Mexico City.  Drawing has always been the core of her artistic activity; and it continues to inform all aspects of her practice, including recent forays into performance.  Drawing is for Monica, the optimal vehicle for the articulation of her ideas; she sees it as the most immediate form of contact between idea and object. Monica studied visual art at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz.  In 2008 she received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has been living and working in Brooklyn since 2008.  Her work has been shown at TSA (NYC), 245 Varet Street (NYC), Ortega y Gasset Projects (NYC), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City) and Soloway Gallery (NYC).

Emily Mae Smith (B. 1979) was in Austin Texas and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Sphinx or The Caress, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Tesla Girls, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Honest Espionage, Mary Mary. Glasgow, Scotland, UK (2016); Medusa, Laurel Gitlen. New York, NY (2015). Select group exhibitions include Pharmacy for Idiots, Rob Tufnell and Tanya Leighton, Köln, Germany (2017); Women to the Front, Works from the Miller Meigs Collection, Lumber Room, Portland, OR (2017); QATRIÈME SEXE, Indéfinition des genres, réaffirmation des plaisirs, curated by Marie Maertens, Le Coeur. Paris, France (2017); Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras. New York, NY (2016); Me, Myself, I, China Art Objects Galleries. Los Angeles, CA (2016); Surrreal, König Galerie (St. Agnes). Berlin, Germany (2016); Untitled Body Parts, Simone Subal Gallery. New York, NY (2016); Six Advertisements, Marlborough Chelsea. New York, NY (2015); Unrealism, organized by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian, The Moore Building. Miami, FL (2015); Mrs. Benway, Fourteen30 Contemporary. Portland, OR (2015); I Dropped the Lemon Tart, Lisa Cooley. New York, NY (2015); Parallax Futured: Transtemporal Subjectivities, Skirball Museum. Cincinnati, OH (2014).

Maria Walker was born in Philadelphia, PA, and lives and paints in Bronx, NY. She also works as an art therapist at a residential treatment facility for adolescents. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art and her BA in Visual Art from Brown University, where she also completed a Capstone Project in Poetry. She attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2011.