Priska C. Juschka Fine
A group exhibition curated by Tom Sanford and Ryan Schneider
July 8 - August 6, 201
Artists include: Kamrooz Aram, Colleen Asper, Paul Brainard, Holly Coulis, Justin Craun, Van Hanos, Daniel Heidkamp, Aaron Johnson, Emily Noelle Lambert, Wes Lang, Liz Markus, Eddie Martinez, Brian Montuori, Lisa Sanditz, Tom Sanford, Ryan Schneider, Michael Williams and Jeremy Williams.
Well I finally felt satisfied with a painting show in Chelsea. And it isn’t because I have friends in the show, which I do. The only piece that threw me was the drum kit by Van Hanos. Not that it is a bad painting- the technique is curious and action packed but I saw it done better by Tomory Dodge at CRG Gallery a few years ago. All and all these artists are pushing their best work and most are at the top of their game. I recommend a visit when there are not a million sweaty bodies to navigate through. Although I usually recommend the openings this show needs some space to really take in the scale. Two artists with top prize- Aaron Johnson’s horrific candy land garden of Eden with possibly the most awesome title I have ever read on a checklist; I dreamed I painted flowers all over your naked body, and in that dream I awoke from dreaming, my eyes opened to see the flowers rot, turning first putrid, then molten, then burst your flesh into flame. Pretty badass my friends pretty badass and the painting was spectacularly rendered. Another Artist in the show Paul Brainard, I’ve been following for some time now and is constantly producing new work that sometimes makes you laugh and other times sticks you in the side with a switchblade. Always technically amazing, I am more familiar with his drawings but in these new paintings he has really let his sense of abstraction go off on a tangent. A wonderful, colorful tangent.
Curated by Tom Sanford and Ryan Schneider as a survey of large scale paintings by new crop of up and comers, most of these artists have been showing around New york for over a decade and its nice to see them all together for a change. On Monday July 12th the gallery will be hosting a panel discussion with Kamrooz Aram, Lisa Sanditz, Tom Sanford and Ryan Schneider moderated by art critic and writer David Coggins from 6:30 to 8. Hope to see you all there. You can sit on my lap and feed me gum drops while we learn all about the future of painting in the next decade.