JUNE/25 - JUL/24, 2016

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COLETTE STANDISH,  Surreal Abstract 2 , 2014,  acrylic on canvas, 62" x 48"

COLETTE STANDISH, Surreal Abstract 2, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 62" x 48"

Opening Reception | Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 7-10PM | RSVP

Dab Art is pleased to present FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, an exhibition of figurative artwork at H Gallery. Inspired by the classical theme that remains of persistent interest to contemporary artists, this exhibit explores figures in multiple genres and contexts. 

Featuring monumental nudes by Ghislaine Fremaux, mixed media infused with a sense of loss, a stoic gratitude and a poetic depiction of time's passage. Rollence Patugan’s black and white photo series woMEN, investigates the emotional and philosophical relationship of the visual and physical conventions of the female/male identity. While his meticulous and virtuosic technique is indebted to the history of classical painting, Donald Rizzo’s images themselves engage startlingly contemporary ideas about the representation of the human form and psyche. 

The unconventional and schematic use of LEGO’s by Andy Bauch reveals an attitude that draws equivocally from the genre of history painting and pop culture. Perhaps the most expressionistic piece we have ever exhibited is the interactive installation Will you wear my body? by Maria DiFranco. This immense and boldly graphic piece is the culmination of experience and research on what it means to be a woman with cancer. 

Blair Cahill stands alone from the contrasting brushwork; her embroidery and mixed media works are brimming with the intensity of human presence and signifies a persistent fascination with the tension between bold painterly gesture and figurative content.

For Davia King, the practice of drawing, like painting, is a subject in it’s self. Her drawings are thus the opposite of pure sensation, seeming to be impulsive while in fact they are highly constructed. It is in this formal paradox that the depth of content resides. Colette Standish seems to disregard the classical polarities of abstraction and representation, surface and frame. Assertive gestures, a lush palette, and the dynamic interchange of light and dark are all traits of a distinctive style in her Abstracting The Figure series. 

While there is not one style that encapsulates all of the works, incorporated in
FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING are the influences of the masters of Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani. However, most evident in all of the works in this exhibit is an archetypal portrait type, more specifically an idealized human figure.

Artists on Exhibit: Blair Cahill + Maria DiFranco + Donald Rizzo + Rollence Patugan + Ghislaine Fremaux + Andy Bauch + Colette Standish + Davia King

Blair Cahill obtained her BFA from California Institute of the Arts and then attended the University of Arts London, Chelsea for her MA in Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include; “5x5x5”, Hammond Hall Gallery, Jacksonville, AL (2016), “96% Percent Visible”, Menier Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2016), BWAC Juried Show, Brooklyn, NY (2016).

Andy Bauch was born in Queens, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Recent exhibitions include; “LEGO Locura” Solo Exhibition, Facha Patoto Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016), "Play", Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016), "Flight Patterns", Art Share L.A. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016), "Splash", Rhabbitat, Los Angeles, CA (2016).

Davia King was born on the edge of the Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah. Growing up with such great beauty around her was inspiring but the big city energy and culture has always beckoned her and in 2009 she moved to Los Angeles, where she currently resides. B.A., Brigham Young University (2005), M.A in Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica (2010). 

Ghislaine Fremaux - "My drawings examine the face-to-face, where in the closeness and remoteness of the other are acutely felt. I make drawings of people I have close relationships with." M.F.A. in Painting, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (2012), B.F.A., Tufts University with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2007). Recent exhibitions include; “18th Annual Works on Paper”, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ (2016), “It Figures”, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL (2016), SECAC Juried Exhibition, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA (2016), “Flesh + Bone II”, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC (2016), “L'Autoritratto: The Original Selfie Show”, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA (2016), “COME/APART: New Intimations from Ghislaine Fremaux”, Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock, TX (2016)

Rollence Patugan – “We are all different, and I love photographing that. I currently hail from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park”. Recent exhibitions include; “Pro’jekt LA: Instagram Jam”, Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA (2016), “Made in California”, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA (2016), “Analogue Portrait Project”, Aesthesia Studios, Culver City, CA (2016), “The Union of Art and Fashion”, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA (2016)

Donald Rizzo is an artist who sees the world through fragments; fragments of color, fragments of memory, fragments of space, and fragments of who people really are. Notable exhibitions include "Life Rebuilt: A Journey into and out of the Depths of Despair", Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "Shades of Purple" for the Castro Country Clubs (CCC)

Maria DiFranco earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a Graduate Teaching Associate for The Ohio State University.

Curated by Yessíca Torres

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