January 9 - February 18, 2018
Deanna Evans Projects is pleased to announce, Domestic, a group exhibition featuring Sarah Bedford, Holly Coulis, Sarah Kurz, Amy Lincoln and Ellen Siebers. Each work is rooted in the home, the epicenter of our universe and inherently private. By taking these intimate scenes to canvas, viewers experience an immediate comfort, which can serve as a catalyst to address more difficult and intimate experiences.
Dating back to Ancient Greece, still life is one of the oldest forms of art and serves as a perfect platform to expand and explore different ideas and motifs. Historically, artists have often returned to still lifes in times with the most change. With all that was unearthed in 2017, it is a great time to look back and reflect.
Grounded in still life, these five female artists have developed their own techniques to explore a range of ideas including color, composition, fear, strangeness, perception and otherness.
Sarah Bedford’s shimmering tableaux combine collaged pieces of glitter and snakeskin with thinly painted Day-Glo colors inspired by the cluttered realms of her desk and kitchen counter. Daffodils, hot pink rubber gloves, nail polish and neon post-its suggest the quotidian, but in Bedford’s work they are anything but. Her paintings seem to depict the world she wants to see, versus accepting the one that is.
Sarah Kurz' paintings investigate stream of consciousness moments during which memory and reality coalesce. Engaging with universal themes of longing, beauty, death, and the passage of time, Kurz explores the emotionally complex terrain of her subjects. Her work simultaneously subverts and underscores the universality of individual experience by acknowledging the elusive nature of sentimentality and feelings, resulting in a candid and intimate visual experience for viewers.
Holly Coulis’ playful paintings address selected objects in a confined space. Evolving from layers and layers of paint, each work focuses on not just the objects, but the space found between each object. With bit of humor, Coulis is able to precisely distort and flatten the plane by highlighting each object with her unique dark edgings and shadows. Her deep focus on each object suggests a greater, deeper meaning lingering beneath the canvas.
Amy Lincoln makes still life and landscape paintings that feature closely observed representations of specific plant species. She combines the plant imagery with elements of nature such as distant mountains, fluffy clouds, sunrays, glowing moons, and twinkling stars. The plants are colorful, densely patterned, and also a little monstrous. They reach from one end of the composition to the other, overlapping and revealing unnaturally vivid skies.
Ellen Siebers’ work is inspired by the confined space found in both interior and exterior environments. The use of the square as object-like reference without spatial hierarchy acts as both a container and a window to present a flattened/abstracted view into the figurative subjects, domestic objects, and the circumstances in which they exist. The surfaces are birch panel, with the edges beveled in at 45 degrees. The squared painting edge is eliminated. The painting ground is made from PVA and powdered marble, which mimics the surface of plaster. The surface provides an opportunity to embed form, and both absorb and reflect light, depending on how many layers of oil paint are applied.
Sarah Bedford is based in New York and received a BFA from The Cooper Union. With recent exhibitions at Mrs Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Le Courer (Paris,FR) and Bruce High Quality Foundation (New York, NY). Her recent paintings and collages explore the visionary, metaphoric potential of floral still life.
Holly Coulis received a BFA in Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design and a MFA in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. Recent solo exhibitions include Table Studies at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York, NY), Days and Nights, Lemons at Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles, CA) and Dishes and Fruits at Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA). Coulis has been reviewed in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Rail, New American Paintings, Huffington Post, Art in America, Artforum and many more.
Sarah Kurz received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Sargent's Daughters (New York, NY), GAA Gallery (Provincetown, MA), I-20 Gallery (New York, NY), and Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA). Her work has been featured in Details Magazine, The New York Times, Flash Art and Art Critical. Kurz was recently nominated to attend the artist residency program at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2018.
Amy Lincoln received a MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA in 2006 and a BA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis in 2003. She also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA in 2004. Lincoln is the recipient of a 2006 Swing Space Residency from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has also participated in residencies at the Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China and Wave Hill, Bronx, NY. Her work has recently been exhibited at Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA and Monya Rowe Gallery. Lincoln lives and works in Queens, NY.
Ellen Siebers is a painter based in New York who was born and raised in Wisconsin. Sievers received her MFA from the University of Iowa and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With recent exhibitions at Frosch & Portmann (New York, NY), Sardine (Brooklyn, NY) and Field Projects (New York, NY).