Castor Gallery is pleased to present In the Heat of the Night, a group exhibition featuring artists Myla Dalbesio, Michael Dotson, Jeanette Hayes, Royal Jarmon, Jordan Kasey, Lulu M., Vanessa Prager, Zach Reini and Brian Willmont. Each a painter in his or her own right, these eight up-and-coming artists explore the boundaries and possibilities of the medium of paint itself through a wide variety of styles and techniques.
Based in Baltimore, Denver, Doha, Los Angeles, and New York, the artists create an interesting dialogue through their varying processes and definitions of painting.
Myla Dalbesio's works are a nod to John Baldessari's text paintings, where she paints 21st century idioms and vocabulary. Her simple black and white compositions seek to capture and break down the verbal texture of contemporary culture.
Michael Dotson and Jeanette Hayes approach painting in a more figurative manner, each influenced by recognizable animation styles. Dotson creates psychedelic distortions of stills from classic animated Disney films such as Sleeping Beauty, while de Kooning and Japanese Manga influence Jeanette Hayes.
Jordan Kasey creates oil paintings of eerie scenes that include unusual figures and objects. Combining elements of fantasy with her realistic painting technique, she presents a contemporary take on the surrealism movement.
Lulu M., a self-taught painter draws much inspiration from artists such as Lygia Clark, experimenting with the pouring technique through an unusual medium, resin. Her abstract compositions express pure emotion through color and form.
Royal Jarmon and Vanessa Prager both experiment with figural abstraction. Jarmon simplifies his subject to essential components, namely hair, face and hands; using delicate flat lines pastel color palettes. The paint depicting the figure's finer features are bled and blurred into a ghoulish mask. Unlike Jarmon's delicate approach to the human form, Prager takes a more aggressive approach. An interesting contrast arises between Jarmon's spray paint technique and loose line work, and Prager's heavy impasto paintings of abstracted portraits.
Brian Willmont's utilizes more traditional painting techniques for creating his surrealist poppy scenes. Using bright southwestern color palates, Willmont depicts vividly colorful scenes against flat black or yellow backgrounds.
Zach Reini's minimalist monochrome compositions depict figuratively abstracted iconic imagery. Known for his black on black paintings of highly recognizable images, such as the Cocoa-Cola logo, Reini displaces the image from is original context. In doing so, the artist seeks to reverse the instantaneous consumption of the image allow viewers to engage with the image on another level.