artists: Amanda Browder, Deborah Brown, Amanda Church, Jennifer Coates, Ketta Ioannidou, Gary Petersen & Nicolas Touron
Amanda Browder resuscitates the language of pop art with her fabric wall hangings, using a soft material to create a visual explosion focusing on the interaction of color. Although based on reality, Deborah Brown’s fantastical paintings depict her neighborhood of Bushwick with a glowing palette and gestural brushwork creating a new landscape both surreal and personal. Blending biomorphic abstraction with graphic elements, Amanda Church paints planes of color broken up by curving, anonymous figures as if aliens were discovering our planet or vice versa. With a practice grounded firmly in process, Jennifer Coates’s paintings come together after her surfaces have been attacked and layered with pigment, juxtaposing the ethereal with recognizable patterns. Ketta Ioannidou uses memories from the landscape of her childhood home of Cyprus to create spiraling vegetation on the verge of chaos, commenting on its politically unstable history while reveling in the act of painting. Painter Gary Petersen creates hard-edged abstractions with the eye of a designer using a candy-store palette and crisscrossed lines, forming a dense network of colors. The detailed porcelain and mixed media sculptures of Nicolas Touron transport and energize; an imaginary landscape masked as object.