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“In Light of Shade” at Fergus McCaffrey, New York

“PITAS,” 2016, Kathleen Jacobs, Oil on linen 72 x 76 inches (182.9 x 193 cm)
(Courtesy of the artist and gallery)

Fergus McCaffrey is hosting an exhibition that brings a group of seven women artists titled “In Light of
Shade.” The selection of works are on display through April 19, 2019.

As the title suggests, the exhibition according to the gallery, show the areas of indeterminacy between
representation and abstraction, vision and blindness, light and shade explored. “Together, the works on view provide moments of fleeting relief from the pressure to represent the world as it is, instead delving into ethereal and mundane phenomena that might otherwise escape our attention: desaturated silhouettes on a wall, sunspots that appear on the floor in mid-afternoon, flecks of dust in a ray of summer light. So, too, do these images embrace moments of non-knowing, areas of absence in which representational space disappears and the imagination takes over.”

For instance, Anna Conway’s representational paintings — a stark contrast of light and shadow — depicts ominous and Modernist narratives. The artist uses her palette “to create a dystopic sense of foreboding and uncertainty.” A similar approach is that of Kathleen Jacobs, which is meditative and procedural. Using tree bark as the surface upon which to begin her lines and marks, the artist allows a natural patina (often for as long as two years) to weather and mature before moving the aged paintings back into her studio to paint and rework. The complexly textured and Abstract works as per the gallery, “presents a portal into an infinite landscape, simultaneously suggesting structural concerns while channeling the possibilities for dreams and adventure.”

Meredyth Sparks’ ongoing “Extraction” series reveal shadows of formal, material, and process-based indeterminacy. Rachelle Dang through contemporary and historical lens reflects upon the domestic and psychological. Goethe’s “Theory of Colors” draws attention to the subtle chromatic variations present in shadows suggesting that all hues are colored shadows. Marcia Hafif in her work systematically explores the possibilities of pigment and process, which allows her to question the practice of painting itself.

Likewise, Martha Jungwirth in her Abstract works approaches painting “matching light, deft, and intelligent application of color and line with shadowy and excessive moments of raw indeterminacy,” as per the gallery. In Jungwirth’s paintings, the exploration of light and shadow stem not from thought, but from vision itself.

Sally Ross’ series of expansive topographical canvases, which are cut, sewn, and punctured, evokes landscapes as seen from above. This abstractive work is as the gallery states, “relentlessly temporalized, reminding viewers that the visual realm is ever-changing, despite our efforts to create order.”


This exhibition is on view from February 27 through April 19, 2019 at Fergus McCaffrey, 514 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001.

For details please visit: https://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/fergus-mccaffrey/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.


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