JACKIE GENDEL IN LUMINOUS FLUX
NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 8, 2017
Opening Reception with the Artist
Wednesday, November 1, 6 – 8 PM
SOCO Gallery is pleased to present In Luminous Flux, an exhibition of new works by Jackie Gendel. For her first North Carolina exhibition, the Houston-born, Brooklyn-based artist will display new works that feature groups of women side by side and arm in arm within compositions of shattering luminosity, prismatic atmosphere, and a scalene choreography. The gallery will host a public opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, November 1st from 6 – 8PM. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition with SOCO Gallery.
In Gendel’s latest work, we run with women of action on gilded splinters – in moments of vulnerability and emergence as they dissolve into walls, dance through floors, and walk off the page. Within this framework, individuals matter less than the overall impact of their collective presence. In one untitled work, rich colors trail a group of women swiftly departing the center axis of the page, leaving a colorful and unexpected vacuum of shapes in their wake. In another work entitled World Passing By Gendel uses small, repetitious dabs of gouache on graph paper to pattern the appearance of three women seated in silent profile, one seemingly reading a newspaper. Each piece is a glimpse into a dynamic excerpted from a narrative begun elsewhere and left unfinished for the viewer; from a train scene by Honoré Daumier, a suffragette march staged in early 20th century Vorticism, a nursing scene from a long-since lost illustrated Women’s Digest Magazine. At once decorative, poetic, and subtly impolitic, Gendel’s works refuse the contradictions.
Jackie Gendel (American, B. 1973)
Jackie Gendel received her BA from Washington University, St. Louis in 1996 and her MFA from Yale University in 1998. Since 2000, she has participated in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions including Thomas Erben, (2016), Jeff Bailey, New York (2013, 2012, 2010, 2006), Loyal Gallery, Malmö (2012), Moti Hasson, New York (2008), and Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston (2004, 2002). Reviews of her work have appeared in Modern Painters, Artforum, The New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, Art Papers, and Hyperallergic, among others. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Gendel an Academy Award in 2007. She participated in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in 2010, and was an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in 2005. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.