Summer Lovin’ (New York)
Jane Booth. Carla Talopp. Anna Kincaide. Swan Scalabre. Jenna Krypell.
Showing: Summer 2022
Location: 511A West 22nd St., New York, NY 10011
♩♪ Summer loving had me a blast
Summer loving happened so fast… ♫♭
JoAnne Artman Gallery, New York is pleased to present SUMMER LOVIN’, a group exhibition featuring works by Jane Booth, Carla Talopp, Anna Kincaide, Swan Scalabre, and Jenna Krypell. An opportunity to discover, and rediscover, unexpected dialogues during the carefree summer months, the works come together to form a cumulative portrait of the gallery’s eclectic program.
French artist Carla Talopp’s work is a celebration of the power and beauty of life. Working in large formats, she measures herself against the vastness of her canvases, leading to the liberation of the painted forms and to bright, exacerbated colors that appear luxuriant and surreal. Carla Talopp’s art transports and moves as boundaries are blurred between the realistic and the fantastical: whether they are teeming jungles or sparkling sea-beds, these painted worlds reflect the artist’s real understanding of the future of nature and its ecosystems.
Informed by a visceral sense of space and depth, Jane Booth’s process begins with large swaths of raw canvas on the floor. Based on a ranch outside of Kansas City, the open vistas of native prairie, water, and sky serve as a foundation for her work. Often creating monumentally scaled, Booth engages all of her senses as she accesses a nonverbal internal landscape. Translated into a felt sense of color and mark, the method is both tactile and physical. Paint is poured and pushed by hand into the canvas; the degrees of separation between feeling and fulfillment are narrow.
Communicating emotion and narrative with limited assistance from her figure’s facial expressions, Anna Kincaide creates cascades of flowers that cover her subjects to explore anonymity and transformation. Headless and bursting forth with florals, Kincaide’s figures showcase the idea of ambiguity between our bodies, identities, and thoughts. Incorporating elements of fashion photography and contemporary socio- cultural emblems of status and identity, her figures define the separation between body and mind. Through control and spontaneous disruption, she conveys femininity, confidence, beauty, and mystique.
Poetic and nostalgic, French artist, Swan Scalabre’s, work communicates a constant desire to escape reality and temporality, while illustrating the common plights of women from classic movies, fairytales, and their iconographies. Painting with oil on wood, her small-scale works invite the viewer to get close in order to properly view the intricate details and surface textures. Intimate in subject matter and size, Scalabre’s paintings are placed in wooden shadowbox frames that she affectionately calls “secret boxes.” Exuding femininity, memory, and at times pain, with each new composition Scalabre reveals another glimpse into her fantastical world that begs to be visited.
Brooklyn based artist Jenna Krypell imposes clear restrictions in the preliminary stages of her production, with precise line work and edges characterizing her wall sculptures. Interpreting and reducing people’s everyday movements to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, Krypell’s works are derived from the notion of displacement. Featuring materials such as MDF and hand-dyed resins and paint, her designs are composed with the distinct reconstruction and repetition of elements, pushing each surface’s boundaries to their limit. In constructing these abstract forms, she evaluates life’s challenges and restrictions, exploring the balance between choice and limitations while representing change; nothing is stagnant.
These artists’ works will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression.