Foxy Production, New York, NY
October 23 – November 27, 2004
DESPITE THE SUN
Foxy Production announces DESPITE THE SUN, a striking group exhibition that explores the paradoxes and polarities of painting’s relationship with nature and form. Jimmy Baker, Gail Stoicheff and Yuh-Shioh Wong have produced a vivid range of images that investigate the meanings and value of the inorganic, the organic, and the “meta-organic” – the experience of subjectivity in time and space.
Jimmy Baker’s promiscuous installation, “It’s Hard To Start Small”, features a vinyl on sintra backdrop with a stylized rural river valley landscape. Beyond this scene are smaller paintings and sculptures that seem part of a surreal bio-cultural system. Baker creates a discourse on the efficacy of critique and agency through a collage that includes live organic plants, Punk sounds and images, and paintings of GM corn and soya.
Gail Stoicheff’s painting “Mellow-Out” is a large scale exploration of space and subjectivity. Stoicheff’s complex use of air-sprayed acrylic, painted pigment and gel, creates a disorienting optical zone that seems to hover somewhere between a window on the world, and a pure textural field. Presenting a dynamic and immersive space, the work embraces speed and instability.
Yuh-Shioh Wong’s relief paintings present destructured characters within fractured landscapes. The “natural” and the “real” are propelled way beyond conventional definitions in these witty and yet unnerving explorations of figures and fields. The familiar elements of representation scale, correspondence, color – are subverted in ways that are pleasurably ambiguous and yet compellingly multi-valent.