Bernarducci Gallery is pleased to present the work of two women precisionist painters at PULSE Miami Beach, Cheryl Kelley and Sharon Moody. Both Kelley and Moody depict subject matter that is often equated with American masculinity. Kelley’s work combines the flashy qualities of hot rod culture to create impressive renditions of classic cars painted on aluminum panels. Moody paints vintage comics that depict iconic representations of their archetypal American heroes and myths. Bernarducci Gallery will exhibit a series of Kelley’s new hot rod paintings and Moody’s depictions of comic books drawn from life, both reflecting American material culture. Both of these artists use their typically androcentric obsessions to transcend gender associations and make these subjects their own.
Cheryl Kelley (b. 1968) grew up a tomboy in Houston, Texas, where she was surrounded by automobiles and learned to drive on a ’72 Nova and a ‘68 Camaro. Her work focuses on capturing the beauty of classic cars through the use of form, color, and light. As a photorealist, her work depicts the muscle car itself, but adds a mystique through technical execution, as her paintings allow the viewer to see beyond the surface of the car through her portrayal of reflections, revealing the more sensuous nature of the cars. Kelley once said, “My paintings are about the feminine sensuality of their surfaces. The reflections on the surfaces of the automobiles allow the viewer to go deeper to see something more than form.” Kelley amplifies the realism of her painting by allowing the viewer to see beyond the surface of the car through her portrayal of reflections. Kelley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1992. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious 2012 Pollock-Krasner Grant, which aids professional artists. Kelley’s work has been included in exhibitions around the country, including at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Vero Beach Museum in Vero Beach, Florida.
Sharon Moody (b. 1951) uses the trompe l’oeil technique to depict comic books as physical, 3-dimensional objects. The comics she works from were handled and read; possibly from the collection of a young boy from another era, bringing to life the heroes and heroines that grace the book’s pages. Moody focuses on the height of the action, arranging the comic books as they might appear while being read. The artifice involved in painting them as three-dimensional objects raises questions about perception and also issues of originality and authorship. Among the works on view will be a series of paintings that feature Wonder Woman comic books, which Moody describes as showing “the progress, in fits and starts, of our society’s coming to terms with feminism and the changing status of women.” Moody lives and works in McLean, Virginia. She earned her MFA from George Washington University where she was also the recipient of the Morris Louis Fellowship in Painting. Her work has been exhibited in notable group exhibitions such as Déjà vu, A New View at the Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA) and For Real? The Art of Deception at the Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries (Concord, NC).