“Something Else To It” Exhibition

Asya Geisberg Gallery

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Asya Geisberg Gallery presents “Something Else To It,” a painting exhibition curated by gallery artist Todd Kelly.

Jasper Johns’ famous quote, “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it,” written with the weight of historical European painting still leaning heavily on artists was a revolutionary approach to art making. Seventy some years later, however, Johns’ edict is more or less standard practice. The concept of ‘painting’ no longer feels like a parameter within which one must work, but a tool with myriad options and layers of potential. The seven artists in this show have taken painting itself and done something else to it.

Mike Cloud and Mark Joshua Epstein both upend the traditional structure of painting. Cloud toys with the standard fabric stretched over wooden supports, often literally breaking and then piecing the supports back together in non-establishment shapes. Epstein abandons fabric and stretchers altogether, painting on variously shaped and layered resin covered foam panels.

Hannah Beerman and Patrick Brennan both preserve the traditional rectangle choosing to stretch painting in other ways. Beerman’s brilliantly ad-hoc pieces function less as objects and more like personalities in an epic drama, while Brennan’s endlessly experimental pieces consistently land on the off-beat of art world expectations.

Danielle Mysliwiec, Yage Wang and Sun You use painting to straddle the perceived gulf between the worlds of craft and fine art. Mysliweic uses skeins of extruded paint to create wonderfully off-grid woven paintings. Wang creates traditional Chinese blue and white porcelain pieces using the structural bones and imagery of Occidental ‘high art’ painting. You makes ‘marks’ with polymer clay that are rolled out and baked in her home kitchen before being transferred in cardboard boxes to the studio and arranged on painted plywood panels.



from July 01, 2021 to August 06, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-07-01 from 11:00 to 20:00

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