December 13th, 2013 - February 1st, 2014
Reprefantasion: Abstracting Reality/Representing Fantasy
Reprefantasion presents two pairs of artists: one abstracts the real (Kate Abercrombie and Becky Suss) while the other depicts the unreal (Sarah Gamble and Kinke Kooi), revealing tension and symbiosis between abstraction and representation, reality and fantasy. The artists presented as “abstractors of the real” are not simply realists who de facto take up the position of abstraction through the gesture of painting or drawing the visible (any attempt at representation is, of course, ultimately an abstraction), but rather, artists who in some way abstract reality as a means to relate idiosyncratic, often highly personal narratives. Kate Abercrombie and Becky Suss (both Philadelphia-based) demonstrate this tendency. Kate Abercrombie appropriates images from popular culture and family history transforming them into handpainted collages. Becky Suss’ paintings are at first glance realistic, but abstraction undergirds her practice both formally (she loves grids, patterns and monochromatic surfaces) and conceptually in that the reality she represents is filtered through the gray zone of memory, using her grandparents’ domestic interior as her point of departure.
The other pairing features artists Sarah Gamble and Kinke Kooi who represent fantasy, painting or drawing scenarios that are conjured in the subjective recesses of their minds. They may work representationally--even at times realistically--but they do not depict things that belong to our known world. Just as “abstracting reality” embraces abstraction and representation simultaneously, “representing fantasy” explores similar terrain. In an expressionistic, loosely gestural style, Sarah Gamble (Philadelphia) creates unsettling compositions of strange characters of unknown species obscured by abstract webs and mists of spray paint, among other fantastical yet foreboding presentations, many with paranormal overtones. Kinke Kooi (Amsterdam) plays the yin to Gamble’s yang in terms of style. Her tightly rendered, subtly sexual drawings engage with notions of the feminine. Often realized on pink paper, Kooi’s drawings buzz between confectionary delights (think French macarons) and organ-like forms evoking Surrealist dreamscapes.
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