Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce our participation in EXPO Chicago 2018, Exposure Section, Booth 157, with a presentation of new works by Caitlin Cherry and Peter Williams. Caitlin Cherry and Peter Williams create narrative figurative paintings that address contemporary social, cultural, and political issues. The artists draw attention to the injustices suffered by Black Americans, imagine alternative realities and peaceful futures, and relay poignant criticism of systemic racism in the United States.
Brooklyn-based Caitlin Cherry combines painting, sculpture, and installation with references to history and present-day politics. Her recent paintings explore the solarization and inversion effect of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor technology that occurs with a malfunctioning or tilted screen. Pushing this image distortion even further in the painting process, the effect becomes a metaphor for the overexposure and colonization of black female bodies that persists in popular culture, music, and pornography. Peter Williams' paintings have been described as "hallucinogenic, acerbic, pained, beautiful, confessional, obsessive, critical, jarring, wild, weird, and profoundly human -- born from his personal experiences of race, appetite, and physical vulnerability." Williams' works address the violence faced daily by Black Americans and the myths and heroes that are formed in public perception. The "pointillist" technique that he employs in his new paintings, in combination with psychedelic color and cartoon imagery, creates a rupture between style and content -- in effect, turning the works into scintillating, powerful visions that force the viewer to slow down in order to make sense of each picture.
Caitlin Cherry was born in Chicago in 1987, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University in 2012 and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Cherry had her debut solo exhibition, titled Hero Safe, in 2013 at the Brooklyn Museum. She will present her first solo exhibition with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in January 2019. Other recent solo exhibitions include Etherpaint (2018), The Anderson at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; The Sun is Gone But We Have the Light, Unclebrother/Gavin Brown's enterprise, Hancock, NY; Arctic Sovereignty (2018), Art-In-Buildings, New York, NY; and Monster Energy (2017), University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst, MA. Group exhibitions include Punch (2018) at Jeffrey Deitch, Soul Recordings (2018) at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art (2016), UMOCA in Salt Lake City, Utah; Banksy's Dismaland (2015), Somerset, England; This is What Sculpture Looks Like(2014), Postmasters Gallery, New York; and Fore (2012), Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2016 she completed a residency at The Robert Rauchenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida.
Peter Williams was born in Nyack, New York, in 1952. He lives and works in Wilmington, Delaware. Williams earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His first solo exhibition with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles opens October 20, 2018. Recent exhibitions include With So Little To Be Sure Of (2018), curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, CUE Art Foundation, New York; Dark Humor: Peter Williams (2017), Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; The N-Word: Common and Proper Nouns (2017), Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; and Prospect.4: The Lotus In Spite Of The Swamp (2017), organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Prospect Triennial, New Orleans. In 2016, he also participated in the group exhibition Me, My, Mine: Commanding Subjectivity in Painting at DC Moore Gallery, New York. Williams was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Joan Mitchell Award in 2004 and 2007, and Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1985-87. Recently, he was as artist-in residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. His paintings are held in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Delaware Art Museum, Howard University, Washington, DC; and the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, MI, among others. Peter Williams is Senior Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Delaware.
For further information and images, please contact Meghan Gordon, Associate Director, at 310-838-6000, or email [email protected]. Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is located at 2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, and by appointment.