August 1 – September 14, 2018
Opening Reception with the Artist
Wednesday, August 1, 6 – 8 PM
SOCO Gallery is thrilled to present Long Silence, an exhibition of new works by Juan Logan. The gallery will host a public opening reception on Wednesday, August 1 from 6 – 8PM. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition with SOCO Gallery.
Long Silence features paintings and works on paper from Elegies, Logan’s most recent body of work. Focusing on the fragility of human connectedness, Logan contextualizes these works within the contemporary world’s social and geopolitical domains. The narratives within Elegies describe inherited memories, pursuits for freedom, and the complexities of place. Interconnected networks overlay fields of clouds—a recurring motif in Elegies that “refers to our dreams, thoughts, and aspirations.” Logan’s relational webs reinforce our obligation to one another and to unconditional empathy as a means against indifference. Through Logan’s understanding of modern-day diasporas and their extensive consequences, these works question parity among class, race, and beyond, implying that there is more that unites than divides us.
Logan locates these ideas within beguiling multilayered and intricate surfaces. Columns of faceless heads quantify both the ambiguity and depth of the human experience, in its recurring beginnings, middles, and ends. These mixed media works combine conventional and atypical materials, placing these narratives within textured, abstracted landscapes. In all, Logan’s paintings converge disparate elements to create a visual language through which the world’s darkest proclivities may be brought to light.
Juan Logan (American, b. 1946)
Juan Logan (American, b. 1946) earned his M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1998. Logan has exhibited extensively throughout the world including solo and group exhibitions at the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston; and the Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, among others. Select public collections featuring his work include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; the New York Public Library; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Logan’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and Hyperallergic, to name a few. He lives and works in Belmont, North Carolina.