Petra Cortright presents two new digital paintings, one on canvas and the other on cotton rag paper. The large work on canvas is from a new series of abstractions that have a subtle tonal range and the appearance of daubs and brushstrokes. The work’s sense of impasto, color play, and action mines a history that includes early European Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, and more recent post-modernist and conceptually-led painting. Cortright’s work on paper, likewise, recontextualizes art history. It is a wondrous mix of traditional still-life and floral impressions morphing into painterly abstraction.
Sara Cwynar presents new works from her “Tracy” series, where a model is photographed in the studio in a style reminiscent of bygone print advertisement catalogs. Objects and images are placed on her image and then a composite photograph is made that is both familiar and oddly atemporal. Cwynar also presents a photograph from her “armor” series that uses a similar technique. The artist takes the image of a suit of armor from reference book and rephotographs it with an assortment of images imposed upon it; in doing so, she peels back the protective layers of fierce masculinity that the original image symbolizes.
Travess Smalley presents a new series of his Drawings, comprising framed grids of 16 ink drawings. Each image has an organic, semi-abstract quality that may allude to plant-life or fractals. Like Smalley’s digital work, the individual drawings follow a set of parameters that define color and form, although the technology he uses here is very analog: his own hand. The series’ framing highlights the variations and similarities among the drawings and reveals the formal algorithms that inspire them.