Younger Than George - 12 Painters in their 20s and 30s: Sara Bright, Amanda Curreri, Rebekah Goldstein, Michael Kindred Knight, Erin Loree, Heather Gwen Martin, Katrin Maeurich, Jacob Melchi, Jenny Sharaf, Brandon Shimmel, Laina Terpstra, Zhiyuan Wang
co-curated by Gallery Director Julia McEvily and Donna Napper, Curator and
Director of Education, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Exhibition 49 opens on George's birthday with a Summer group show of twelve painters in their 20s and 30s titled Younger Than George (Co-curator Donna Napper suggested we call it WAY Younger than George). Some of these artists are already familiar names and some are being introduced for the first time. Gallery artist Sara Bright presents new work in anticipation of her upcoming solo, Frescoes. Local painter Amanda Curreri appears courtesy Romer Young Gallery and exhibits visually complex acrylic and screened overlays. Also San Francisco-based, Rebekah Goldstein appears courtesy CULT Aimee Freiberg Exhibitions, following up on her inclusion in The SF Contemporary Jewish Museum's Dorothy Saxe Invitational. Los Angeles painter Michael Kindred Knight appears courtesy Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, showing acrylic canvases worked with a gestural geometry. Toronto-based painter Erin Loree shows chromatically high-keyed, vigorously energized oils. Los Angeles artist Heather Gwen Martin also works in oil in a highly charged palette, with crisply delineated shapes. London-based Katrin Maeurich works balanced compositions on shaped panels in thinly washed acrylic. Gallery artist Jacob Melchi, the senior of the group, follows up on his solo here with smaller works from his Parallel/Not Parallel series. San Francisco-based Jenny Sharaf shows strident enamel on fabric works following up on her solo at The Luggage Store Project Space. Recent California College of the Arts MFA graduate Brandon Shimmel incorporates eccentric framing devices into his painted image. New York painter Laina Terpstra riffs off Old Masters in her gestural interpretations. Recent San Francisco Art Institute MFA graduate Zhiyuan Wang works in translucent acrylic over penciled geometry. All explore both the perennial and the contemporaneous possibilities of paint.