Ann Craven “Hello, Hello, Hello”


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Maccarone presents Hello, Hello, Hello, an exhibition of several ongoing series of paintings by Ann Craven. The show focuses on three historical bodies of work from Craven’s singular practice that show the painter moving forward only through constant referral to earlier moments, as well as a selection of recent works.

The show takes its title from three sets of triptychs painted over the past fourteen years. Each is an increasingly mediated representation of the same source image: an African grey parrot the artist first discovered in her grandmother’s book on caring for caged birds. The original triptych was painted in 2002. The title, Hello, Hello, Hello, mimics the vocalizations of the birds — rote and sonic, devoid of linguistic heft. In 2004, she repainted the series, scaling up their size and retitling them as HELLO, HELLO, HELLO. She revisited the series once more in 2013, creating three new images. Though Craven paints from observation, often en plein air, she here insists upon the distance provided by a mediating image, be it a photograph or an earlier painting. Each painting is both a continuation of that which came before, and a response; it is in this conversational volley that the performative element in Craven’s practice becomes clear. Her paintings breathe in the liminal space between original and copy, between call and response.

A fourteen-piece stripe work accompanies the 2013 parrot paintings. Completed in tandem with her other works, these minimalist compositions are a depository for paint leftover from other paintings in her studio. The works on display were painted over a three-month period in 2013 during which Craven worked on the third series of parrot paintings. As such, the colors of beaks, plumage, and the floral backdrop condense into stripes of color on the canvas. They are simultaneously an abstracted version of her other work and a series of tree rings — a core sample boring through the entire practice.

Several of Craven’s palette paintings will also be on display. For many years, Craven has used 24-by-18-inch canvases as palettes, completing them alongside her other series. Like the stripe paintings, they index the materials, gestures, and time spent painting. Here, the record is unmoored from imagery, composition, and intention; it is pure evidence, raw time.



from January 21, 2016 to March 05, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-01-21 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ann Craven

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