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Student Exhibition Loose Canon Opening at The Painting Center New York

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June 25, 2016
Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world and not have a permanent address. Occasionally writes poetry.

The Painting Center is delighted to announce Loose Canon, the student exhibition in which they will present the ways in which they study and work at the Indiana University Bloomington. The students are creating their art in the environment which gave birth to art historical precedents, and they are, at the same time, trying to loosen the bonds of these precedents, trying to find their own spot in the vast art world. They take risks in order to stretch the borders of the canon and show that there are more than a few loose canons among them. As art history is being constantly re-evaluated and restructured, every generation of creative minds focuses on the dialogue of various aspects of the past. While some painters welcome the tradition of the centuries past, others aim to explore and converse with the contemporary movements. The students seek to exhibit different approaches to painting and show their grounding in a loose painting history that is, nevertheless, innately collective.

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Left: Jen Clausen – artwork / Right: Mitch Raney – artwork

Perception, Imagination, Modernism

The student exhibition group offers a wide variety of upcoming artists who will surely take over the world someday. Some of the members blend the perceptual painting and imaginative creation, drawing inspiration from various pre-modern and modern art movements. For example, Jen Clausen shows this approach through her humorous perceptual paintings, a number of which are juxtaposed with cartoons. Her status as a loose canon is embodied in the way in which she addresses the subjects of feminism and sexuality, influenced by the feminist art of the 1960s and German Post-Expressionism. Corey Lamb’s works investigate contemporary issues of the society through his contrasting of dark and bright colors, his abstraction, and his sculptural relief. Another student, Caleb Knodell has earned the nickname “The Rembrandt of Missouri”, as his paintings are permeated with somber light and iconography inspired by the 16th-century Venetian painting and video games, among others. IK Kim is inspired by color field painting and minimalism, as his analytical paintings present minimal spaces that remind of geometric abstraction.

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Left: Anna Buckner – artwork / Right: Sul-Jee Scully – artwork

Contemporary, Historical, Moving

Other members of the student exhibition group chose to draw inspiration from the contemporary and modern art movements. Sul-Jee Scully’s works remind of mid-20th-century Bay Area painting. Her clever combination of collage and traditional painting techniques bring to surface the touching moments of colorful abstraction in the autobiographical narrative she offers. One of the students, Kaitlin Dodds’ pieces address the disconnection of man and nature in the contemporary times. She is inspired by the 20th-century abstract expressionists and various contemporary painters among which are Jules de Balincourt and Kim Dorland. Genevieve Cohn presents her personal narrative which investigates the vulnerability of the woman. The women she depicts are put in hostile environments, and she is influenced by the 19th and 20th-century expressionist and symbolist figurative traditions. Madeline Winter explores cubism and sustainable systems, man-made and natural. She juxtaposes human reproductive systems and hydroponic water systems to create works of art worthy of greatest exhibition spaces. Jordan Kornreich creates atmospheric abstractions which pay homage to various 20th-century painters, such as Patrick Henry Bruce, George Sugarman, and Francis Picabia.

The first of many exhibitions of these amazing students welcomes Lindsay Hall who explores the 1960s and the 1970s feminist movements through her multi-media works, investigating the themes of human interaction, sexuality, self-exploration, and the relationships of the body with various environments. Anna Bucnker’s experimental works explore the relationships between art and craft. The loosest canon of the group, Mitch Raney works through intuitive processes, influenced by Jean Dubuffet, and the COBRA painters. Julio Suarez’s works are focused on the problem of translating the work that belongs to three dimensions into only two. He is inspired by Euan Oglow and other Slade School painters. Benjamin Lowery is a perceptual painter as well, however, he chooses to focus on the still life. He is influenced by Chardin and Giorgio Morandi.

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Left: Lindsay Hall – artwork / Right: Benjamin Lowery – artwork

Student Exhibition at The Painting Center

The student exhibition Loose Canon will be on view at The Painting Center from July 19th to August 13th, 2016. The opening reception for Loose Canon is happening on Thursday, July 21st, from 6 PM to 8 PM. The Painting Center is located at 547 West 27th Street, Suite 500, in New York City. It is a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to the investigation of painting, welcoming the diverse viewpoints and encouraging originality, regardless of what the society thinks of as appealing. If you are interested in seeing something unique and different, if you enjoy originality and talented young minds, make sure to check out the works of the loose canons, and be a part of the boundary-breaking exhibition. And who knows, maybe someday you will get to look back and in a true hipster fashion say: “Yes, I knew about them before they were famous.”

All images courtesy of The Painting Center. Featured image: Genevieve Cohn – artwork Images in the slider: Caleb Knodell – artwork | Kaitlin Dodds – artwork | Corey Lamb – artwork