Please join us June 9th from 6-9pm for a closing reception of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Paintings by Amanda Joy Calobrisi (Chicago) and Erica Jackson (Philadelphia) and a Special performance by Darling Squire (Darling Shear) at 7pm.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Paintings by Amanda Joy Calobrisi and Erica Jackson
The great Iranian indie film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014, Amirpour) sets up a scenario in which things are not at all what they seem. People and places are recognizable, but they upend our expectations at every turn: they don’t signify in conventional ways. The slippage between reality and the artistic vision renders the entire scene simultaneously uncanny and vivid, albeit in black and white.
In paintings by Calobrisi and Jackson, the real world is observed closely, and it’s recognizable, yet at a certain distance. It yields a sense of the uncanny in Jackson’s static, nearly empty Japanese street scenes, while Calobrisi’s hyper-vivid paintings of women burst through the pictorial plane with saturated color, love of detail and intensity.
These two young women artists, committed to painting, the most challenging and at the same time inexhaustibly refreshing of art media. For both, the slightly askew view of reality is abetted by the use of photography as a source; photography, that most faithlessly faithful of media, provides them with the contours and the edges of the real and allows them to see beyond what we are used to seeing. Through their eyes and their hands, real-world based painting fulfills its mandate to show us the world made anew.
Images: Erica Jackson A Quiet Morning, Amanda Joy Calobrisi Swimmer Smoker 2014