Stretched

On View: March 27 - June 5, 2021

Main Galleries

Stretched presents an expanded perspective on contemporary painting, featuring nine artists whose work is rooted in but transcends the medium. Ranging from work on canvas to large-scale installation, the exhibition emphasizes the expansive and multi-faceted approach taken by contemporary artists who work with paint as part of their practice. These diverse approaches include incorporating unconventional materials and techniques into their work and expanding beyond the canvas into three-dimensional objects and installations.

These artists look to the central role played by painting throughout art history, including the legacy of modernist abstraction and the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, to name just two influences visible in the exhibition. In addition to these art historical threads, all nine artists incorporate and reflect visual influences from popular culture and digital aesthetics. Although nearly every work in the show is entirely analog in its physical construction, the visual influence of digital devices and online spaces proliferates  throughout the show.

The diversity of techniques, influences, and materials visible in Stretched reflects a long tradition of artists who approached painting as a starting point for broad experimentation, while demonstrating the ways contemporary artists have continued to expand painting within and beyond the canvas.

Stretched Artists:
Amna Asghar, Rushern Baker IV, Erick Antonio Benitez, Mark Joshua Epstein, Saskia Fleishman, Jen Noone, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Madeline A. Stratton, and Rives Wiley


RELATED EVENTS

Virtual Reception: Thursday / April 8 / 6pm
Virtual Artist Talks: Thursday / April 22 / 6-7:30pm
Virtual Artist Talks: Thursday / April 29 / 6-7:30pm
Virtual Artist Talks: Thursday / May 27 / 6-7:30pm

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