Juan Logan (Tennessee, b. 1946) is showing for the first time with SOCO Gallery at UNTITLED, Miami Beach. A Tennessee native, the North Carolina-based Logan has been making socially relevant work for decades. At once abstract and concrete, his paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and videos reveal how hierarchical relations and social stereotypes shape individuals, institutions, and the material and mental landscapes of contemporary life. The richly textured and seductively layered works draw the viewer in to further explore their underlying complexities-- as curator Mark Sloan once wrote, “This art asks questions of the viewer.”
Logan’s works can be found in private, corporate, and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Gibbes Museum of Art, SC; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Memphis Brooks Museum, TN; Zimmerli Museum of Art, NJ and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO. Most recently, his work Some Clouds are Darker became part of the collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Logan lives and works in Belmont, NC.
Damian Stamer (North Carolina, b. 1982) grew up in Durham, NC and sites Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter and Matthias Weischer as his major painting influences. Stamer explores the South through photographs and memories of the abandoned barns, open fields and isolated family homes that surrounded him throughout his childhood. The richly worked surfaces of his paintings invite the viewer to discover highly detailed and evocative architectural structures hidden within the loose, gestural brushstrokes.
Stamer has been included in exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery: The School in Kinderhook, NY; Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC; Contemporary Art Museum, NC; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; and Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan. Stamer lives and works between Brooklyn, NY and Hillsborough, NC.
Carrie Yamaoka (New York, b. 1958) works in what the artist refers to as an expanded field of painting, utilizing unconventional materials including reflective silver mylar film and poured layers of resin, along with experimentally-developed tactile processes such as rubbing and the lifting off of pigment, to arrive at a remarkable exploration of topography marked by the intersection of chance and intention. The dazzlingly reflective surfaces of the completed paintings entice the viewer into their endless depths, while reflecting the constantly shifting physicality of both the viewer and the environment in which they are installed.
Yamaoka has had solo exhibitions in New York, London, Brussels, Zurich, and Amsterdam. Her work was featured in Greater New York 2015 at MoMA/PS1. Yamaoka’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, L’Express, Time Out, Bomb, and The New Yorker, among other publications. The artist lives and works in New York.