"Portrait and the Primordial," a small curated group show that I'm in, is now on view at the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery. Check it out if you happen to be in the area!
Portrait and the Primordial
Adrian Cox / Michael Stillion / Vida Liu / Jordan McGirk
The AVC Art Gallery is excited to present "Portrait & the Primordial," a group exhibition that examines the fraught relationship between portraiture, excess, and the grotesque in contemporary painting.
Together, Adrian Cox, Vida Liu, Jordan McGirk, and Michael Stillion address a rich cross section of concepts about consumption, flesh, and the figure to question how we construct contemporary identity. While diverse in their practices and concepts, these artists connect visually through compositions that appear to burst, ooze, pullulate, and decay.
Each artist hinges this visual method to the concept portraiture, quoting the genre through composition and probing into theories of likeness. Invoking the plastic qualities of paint and regenerative powers of portraiture, these works hover in a state of becoming. These often unnerving images, sparking both horror and empathy, give physical form to a messy, aggregate state of identity.
Exhibition runs October 12 - November 13, 2015
Free and open to the public.