NADA Miami 2020
Jack Hanley Gallery is excited to show a group presentation with new works by Susumu Kamijo, Nikki Maloof, Alicia McCarthy, Keiko Narahashi and Danielle Orchard.
Susumu Kamijo will show two new paintings from his poodle series. Their figures and hair styles provide a perfect playground for balancing colors, repetition and distinction, abstraction and individual characteristics. In the two new paintings the body is fully dissolved into separate shapes, enhancing their dynamic quality of his works.
Nikki Maloof’s painting “Skewered” shows two fish being prepared and eaten for dinner. Comical and sad at the same time, the fish’s scared eyes seem to know what inevitably lies ahead of them. In Maloof’s paintings, the animals become placeholders for human emotions and call to mind existential themes of ephemerality and the limitations of life.
Danielle Orchard’s work references formal elements of modernist movements of the 20th century painting history. Women leisurely lounge around, smoke cigarettes after a match of tennis, paint their nails or take a bath. Absent-mindedly, the women here don’t seem to take part in the activities they’re pictured in but escape their settings and the poses they take on.
Keiko Narahashi’s ceramics draw a fine line between abstraction and figuration. They arise from a conviction that even an abstracted form can be imbued with emotional and psychological meaning. Real or imagined, Narahashi’s works are suffused with her own memories, childhood fairy tales and stories. Her silhouettes create magical landscapes, fantastic and wondrous like an enchanted forest.
Alicia McCarthy’s compositions combine complex patterns with raw painterly gestures. Her signature elements of weaves, rainbows and bands of color reveal an idiosyncratic approach of abstraction and mark making. The paintings lure the eye into a dense maze of lines in which it is easy to get lost the closer you look.