About the Exhibition: Veiled Intent
Hueman: A Palette of Light and Shadow
Hueman is acclaimed for her sublime color sense, a palette that is somehow both saturated and diaphanous, and her inimitable style of merging expressive abstraction with elements of rarefied portraiture. But just as imperative for the painter, whether out on a wall or at the easel in the studio, is an intimate interest in painting’s qualities of surface, texture and the movement of light across, and through, an image.
In her new works for “Veiled Intent” Hueman deftly and innovatively explores how transparency and opacity operate in animating a composition’s surface. In mixed media paintings made using acrylic and spray paint on stretched sheer organza, Hueman more fully embraces the tumultuous, emotional, evocative potential of abstraction, sublimating her figures and faces within that volatile chromatic universe. “In this series,” she says, “humans are merely shadows or ghosts,” whose burning energy has left an imprint on the material world they’ve left behind.
There are echoes of the Catholic devotional art which Hueman experienced growing up -- expressed as aesthetic influences from Renaissance textiles and drapery to the bright flourishes of illuminated manuscripts, as well as in a more general motif of spiritual experience. In this new evolution of her style, she is equally inspired by more conceptual contemporary art historical traditions of California Minimalism and Light and Space artists like Robert Irwin and James Turrell -- artists using innovative materiality in their explorations of pure color and ambient light.
The images change as you move around and across them, and there’s a further quasi-illusion of dimensional space, the generation of an expanded picture plane, because the light refracts behind the organza and off the wall, activating the actual architecture and creating a kind of analog lightbox effect. Hueman channels a bit of physics in these aspects, such as Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the conceptualization of Spacetime as the fabric of the universe, susceptible to bursts of energetic distortion.
Because of the sheer surface of the organza material Hueman is working with, some parts of the paintings are opaque, while some remain transparent. Augmented by the vibrations of oppositional gradients in the color schemes, different places in each image engage the light differently. This affects the image itself, highlighting its abstract or figurative elements, rendering its aspects seemingly ephemeral, imparting the illusion of disappearance and emergence. In this way, these assertive yet delicate works both portray and in themselves embody a powerful metaphor for the ephemeral nature of existence itself.
-Shana Nys Dambrot
Los Angeles, 2018
About the Artist:
The work of Allison, aka HUEMAN, is woven out of both pure sensibility and hard edge method
of working with the spray can. Whether she is creating delicate versions on canvas, or
crushing massive walls with a spray can, she often draws on the human condition to create
colorful mash-ups of the abstract and figurative, and the beautiful and grotesque. HUEMAN’s
unique freestyle process involves creating tightly refined compositions from a spontaneous
beginning of paint splashes, drips, and sprays. Through this method she is interested in
creating motion and dimension on flat, two dimensional surfaces, and her layered works can
be seen on public walls and in galleries worldwide. Her work is shaped by a free association
approach, so she produces dream-like disrupted compositions which represent almost hybrid
beings or shapes in the state of emotional chaos or calmness. HUEMAN has quickly
established her position in the male-dominated street art branch.
Captivating and Sensitive Abstraction
HUEMAN was born in 1985, in the Bay Area town of Daly City. From an early age, she was
exposed to the Oakland and San Francisco street art scene. Eager to follow those influences,
she attended and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 with a
degree in Design and media Arts. She coins her art moniker by combining two words – hue
and human, after the artist had gone through a difficult time in her life.
Her work can be seen on walls and galleries worldwide, so it is no wonder her work has been
featured on CNN, The History Channel, Complex, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, etc.
Expressing Emotions Through Cyber Bodies
HUEMAN proudly brought femininity to a movement that can be juxtaposed to the
gracefulness of her work. Working with bright colors and elements of abstract portraiture led
her to develop distinct compositions which are on the brink of imagination. Her work can be
likened to the ever-expanding digital technology and how it relates to the body and emotions.
It’s as if the bodies got stuck somewhere between real and virtual space. Sensual, somehow
eroticized and sinister figures are struggling to position themselves, to become rooted, which
suggests the artist own quest to define her own identity.
The artist’s spanning career had a turning point with the Nike commissioned portrait of Kobe
Bryant, a mural for P Diddy’s Revolt TV office and Ritual, a 9-day, free-styled, floor to ceiling
mural installation in a 5,000 sq foot warehouse space. On the other hand, it was HUEMAN
who was one of the first artists commissioned to paint a mural after Los Angeles authorities
lifted their street art ban in 2013. The next year she was named on of LA Weekly’s People of
the Year and was featured on a limited-edition cover of the issue.
Veiled Intent - HUEMAN
Opening Reception – Saturday September 8th 7-10pm
On View Through – September 29th, 2018
Denver, CO 80203