18 February 2018
the stone is covered by the fruit flesh, the flesh by the skin, the skin by the paper of the bag, the bag on the table. A tattoo on my ass
the sun light hits the windscreen, then the folded screen behind the glass, behind it sits a car, under the car the ground
cut paper sits on cut paper, paper pressed in place with glue
colored quilted shapes group together, on top a wipe of black, I can still see through, on this white shapes, diamonds, on them green lines. The whole surface glossy
In the winter months in New York I leave the house in layers - Top half: a grey oversized T-shirt that reads Paleobiology of Molluscs, Friday Harbor -1997, then a blue knitted sweater once washed in shampoo, a denim zip-up top from Urban Outfitters on 2nd Ave, a loop scarf and finally my husband’s coat from last winter, rebranded as my new winter coat. Bottom half: black Calvin’s from Bloomingdales, tie-dye long johns, then finally grey tight chinos. Socks, boots, watch, Chapstick, deodorant, hair wax, contact lenses (0.25 in both eyes), toothpaste.
I met Aglaé, Alice, Stephanie and Jess in different places: Scotland, London and New York all within the last 8 years.
Aglae Bassens (b. 1986, Belgium) Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Solo shows include Object Painting, Nars Foundation, Brooklyn (2018, forthcoming) and Front Parting, Cabin Gallery, London (2016). Recent group shows include HEADS, The Java Project, Brooklyn (2017); Contemporary British Painting Prize, London / Huddersfield (2016); Biennial of Painting: The Painter’s Touch, Museum of Deinze, Belgium (2014); PAPER, Saatchi Gallery London (2013) and Jerwood Drawing Prize London (2012). Her work is featured in 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames and Hudson (2014). She has a BA in Fine Art from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (2007) and a MFA in Fine Art Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2011).
Alice Browne (b. 1986, Oxford) based in London, UK. Recent solo shows include Limoncello, London, UK (2016); OUTPOST, Norwich, UK (2015), Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, NO (2014); Limoncello, London, UK; annarumma, Naples, IT (both 2013) The China Shop, Oxford, UK; Supercollider, Blackpool, UK (both 2012). Recent group shows include Eduardo Secci Gallery, Florence, IT (2017); Francesca Minini, Milan, IT; Attic, Nottingham, UK; OVADA, Oxford, UK (all 2014); Fjord, Philadelphia, US; Interno 4, Bologna, IT; Matthews Yard, Croydon, UK (all 2013); dienstgebäude, Zurich, CH (2012). She was awarded the New Contemporaries and Hospitalfield Studio Bursary (2017) and received a Land Securities Studio Award (2016-17). She has a BA Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon College of Art (2009) and her MA Fine Art Painting at the Royal College of Art (2016).
Stephanie Hier (b. 1992, Toronto, Canada) lives and works in New York. Solo and two person shows include: Downs and Ross (New York), Neochrome Gallery (Turin), Three Four Three Four (New York), Ed. Varie Gallery at NADA (New York) and Johannes Vogt (New York). Hier has also exhibited internationally including venues such as Bureau (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Museo della Frutta (Turin), The Power Plant (Toronto), Hester at NADA Miami Beach (New York), Et. Al (San Francisco), Pony Club (Antwerp), Bb (Baltimore), CK2 (Montreal), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Hier is the recipient of a Visual Arts Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and was a finalist for the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Prize. She has a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, and studied at the Academy of Art Canada, Toronto.
Jess Willa Wheaton (born 1984) lives and works in New York. Selected solo and two-person exhibitions include Soft Slice Corral at Goodnight Projects in San Francisco (2015), Regolith at Deluge Contemporary Art in Victoria BC Canada (2014), and Conveyor Melt at Hunter College Times Square Gallery in New York (2014). Selected group exhibitions include: Uneven Stones, TWOFORTY, New York (2017); King of the Cockroaches, Hercules, New York (2017); Archipelago, The Chimney, New York (2017); It’s in the making, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC (2016); Fine words butter no parsnips however fine parsnips can butter words, Present Company, New York (2016); and Receptive Fields, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York (2015). She has been awarded numerous merit scholarships, the Kossak grant in support of art research in Paris (2013), and a 3 month residency at Camosun College in Victoria BC (2014). She has an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the California College of the Arts.