Phylogeny Contemporary has selected established contemporary expressionists as a cultural narrative concerning empathy and our congruent humanity. Each artist has a distinctive and critically respected technique. The objective is a presentment to peaceful coexistence, rather pugnacious conduct in this current politically polarizing time.
Julia Marchand believes the desire to reconcile the simultaneous connection and separation between humanity and nature is ancient, ubiquitous and inescapable. In her work, she references wildlife dioramas, public gardens, and personal experience to explore how that tenuous connection affects our personal and social identity and development. She studied painting at San Francisco Art Institute, holds a BA in Art History from American University in Washington DC and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Boston University. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited in galleries in London, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Mexico City. Currently, she lives and works in Alameda, CA.
Liz Tran utilizes her personal experience to connect with the universal human condition. The Heart Map series is comprised of both paintings and installations based on graphs taken of the artist’s heart rate during various activities. Illustrating the direct connection between our mind and our body, “Heart Map” is an homage to the universal rhythm that begins in our mother’s womb and carries us through life.
Suzy O’ Mullane has developed and employs multiple encoded forms that have become personal allegorical references. Her work conceptualizes emotional experience, personal and societal identity, migration, travel, and memory relating to a particular identity, place, memory, or personal connections.
Justin Garcia (presently exhibiting is Venice, Italy Personal Structures Exhibition, European Cultural Center, Palazzo Bembo) balances the narrative though architectural constructions creating moments of inner stillness, reflection, memory, history, time and begin the process of investigation and mindfulness.
My work is about process through three cognitive phases, experience, awareness, and control. I build, strip down and then rebuild architectural structures as aging walls through layering and staining the surface, revealing the nuances that give us insight to moments that become memories in time. Each subtle mark is a story that lies before the viewer and brings them to stillness with their inner curiosity.
Yet it is not the story or the moments felt that ring most significant, it is bringing the mind to a point of questioned awareness through curiosity. This is the fuel that stimulates our evolution, to see time and question what it reflects of us. It is how we know and comprehend its existence and in this process of observing aging walls we experience time, have awareness of the moments, and then control the choices derived from those memories created.
“Walls of Time” is the complexity of time and the human perception of it through the simplicity of aging walls as architectural structures representing reality. It is precisely the walls all around us that bring a sense of solace when confronting concepts of time and its infinite effect.