Cover image: Paolo Arao, Crush on You (Diptych), 2019, Sewn cotton, canvas, corduroy, each panel 24 x 18 inches 2
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INDEX GROUP EXHIBITION JULY 16 - AUGUST 21, 2020
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Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present INDEX, a group exhibition. Bringing together works that stretch the boundaries of painting in unique and specific ways, INDEX charts modes of working that both embrace and challenge abstraction. With methods spanning from stitched textiles, an image burned into a wall, found objects, oil paint, and bricks cast in soap, formal properties and traditional painterly ideas are pushed and expanded.
Each artist approaches different ways of using these methods to address psychological, sociological, and political concerns. Works by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists including Paolo Arao,
Abigail Lucien, Kaveri Raina, and Pallavi Sen are shown alongside prints by established artists Samuel Levi Jones and Stanley Whitney.
Paolo Arao Crush on You (Diptych, side view), 2019 Sewn cotton, canvas, corduroy Each panel 24 x 18 inches $ 4,000
Paolo Arao Birds in Flight (No. 4), 2019 Sewn cotton, canvas, acrylic, map pins (10 parts total) 87 x 67 inches $ 4,500
Cudelice Brazelton Applique, 2020 Singed denim $ 5,000 10
Roberto Jamora Blue Ridge Utopia, 2020 Acrylic and pumice medium on canvas over panel 15 x 12 inches $ 1,000
Roberto Jamora And then there was three...,2017 Oil and beeswax on canvas 32 x 41 inches $ 4,000
Roberto Jamora Miami, June 2019, 2020 Acrylic and pumice medium on canvas over panel 10 x 8 inches $ 600
Roberto Jamora Rural Parking Lots, 2020 Acrylic and pumice medium on canvas over panel 10 x 8 inches
Samuel Levi Jones Deeper, 2017 Flatbite and color aquatint 67 x 51 inches Edition 14/25 $ 9,800
Samuel Levi Jones Sold Ya, 2017 Flatbite and color aquatint 42 x 65 inches Edition 3/25 $ 9,800
Debbi Kenote Lightning Whelk, 2020 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas 14 x 11 inches $ 900
Debbi Kenote Oriel Ojos, 2019 Acrylic on linen 32 x 24 inches $ 1,200
Debbi Kenote Snellâ€™s Window, 2019 Acrylic on canvas 31.5 x 31.5 inches $ 2,800
Abigail Lucien A Song of Ascents, 2020 Soap, enamel, chicken foot, beeswax, rebar 26 x 26.5 x 5 inches $ 4,000
Image by Dev Hein
Abigail Lucien Shin Guard, 2018 Oil and enamel on steel, scent infused limes 21 x 48 inches $ 2,700
Kaveri Raina Still, 2016 Screen print on burlap 90 x 50 inches $ 8,000
Pallavi Sen Jacket With Puff Sleeves, 2020 Akua Pigment Monotype on Arches 88 34 x 32 inches $2700 unframed Pallavi Sen Skirt with Wide Hips, Elastic, 2020 Akua Pigment Monotype on Arches 88 48 x 30 inches $3700 unframed
Pallavi Sen Salad Bowl with Komatsuna, Bok Choi, Pak Choi, Mizuna, Yukina, Sorrento, 2020 Akua Pigment Monotype on Arches 88 33 x 45 inches $ 3,700 unframed
Stanley Whitney Untitled, 2019 Silkscreen 23.5 x 30 inches Edition 4/30 $ 5,000
INDEX PAOLO ARAO makes sewn paintings that are rooted in geometric abstraction. Paired with bold color, the works exist in a space between flags, quilts, and abstract paintings. When these textile constructions are stretched over a frame, there is both tension and softening to the shapes within them. Mending the lineage of abstraction through the use of textiles, Arao makes work that explores the elastic nature of queerness and is reflective of his Filipino-American heritage. His interests in color, labor, and materiality are interwoven. Made with handdyed and commercial fabrics, re-purposed clothing, and weathered canvas drop cloths, the works often carry physical traces of the bodies that wore them. Color is vital to the work and Arao describes: “My relationship to color is not passive. It is political, it’s personal, it’s emotional, it is felt and it is in my very being.” Paolo Arao is a Brooklyn-based, Filipino-American artist working with textiles. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Arao has shown his work widely and has presented solo exhibitions throughout the US. Residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), the Millay Colony, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, NARS Foundation, Wassaic Project, BRIC Workspace, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Fire Island Artist Residency. He is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, ArtMaze and Esopus.
Using abstraction as a tool for carrying struggle, CUDELICE BRAZELTON employs found materials that hold embedded histories, both social and political. Through a combination of found fabrics, industrial felt, leather, and images of black bodies, Brazelton’s works are rich in texture and surface manipulation. There is a graceful rawness present, and especially in the delicate wall works in which a soldering tool is used to burn images referenced from barbershop haircut designs directly into the surface of the wall. Brazelton was born in Dallas, TX and currently lives in Frankfurt, DE. Past exhibitions and screenings include the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL, Jeffrey Stark Gallery, New York, NY Le Colt est Jeune & Haineat DOC! in Paris, FR, S culptureCenter in NY, and Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, NY. He was a founding member of MINT Collective based in Columbus, OH and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ACRE, and Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency. Brazelton is currently participating in the Haegue Yang class at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule.
By carefully cutting incisions into the surface of his paintings, ROBERTO JAMORA reveals a sliver of whatâ€™s underneath. Mining colors from memories and photos, he uses cold wax and oil paint in swathes across the canvas. This both distorts and conceals any sense of imagery, leaving only traces of color behind. Jamora has been an artist in residence at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Joan Mitchell Center, Ragdale Foundation, and Sambalikhaan Foundation. His work has been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans. He is represented by Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA.
SAMUEL LEVI JONES is inspired by questions of authority, representation, and recorded history. His ongoing practice centers on physically undoing objects associated with systems of power and control. Jones often rearranges deconstructed books into grid-like compositions that expose their flaws and question their assumed command of the truth. Thinking about information that is selectively left out, his works examine urgent questions of how brutality is embedded in institutional systems such as law enforcement, education, and the medical industry. Samuel Levi Jones was born and raised in Marion, Indiana. Trained as a photographer and multidisciplinary artist, he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from Taylor University and a B.F.A from Herron School of Art and Design in 2009. He received his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in 2012. He is the recipient of the 2014 Joyce Alexander Wein artist prize awarded to him by the Studio Museum in Harlem. His work is in prominent private and public collections including SFMOMA,The Rubell Family Collection, LACMA, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, to name a few.
In her abstract paintings, DEBBI KENOTE has developed her own visual language through positive and negative spaces, shapes, colors, and the interactions between them. Fascinated by systems, her paintings often begin with a grid of some kind, paired with unstructured and fluid mark making. Kenote finds inspiration in methods of framing and interlocking; windows, mirrors, borders, quilts, puzzles, and tiles. Often the work reveals a curiosity of the world she lives in, which is used as a source for shapes, color and spatial relationships.The resulting abstractions are moody, sometimes subtle, and often filled with high contrasts, between bright and dull, sharp and fuzzy, saturated and desaturated, empty and full. Debbi Kenote is a painter based in New York City. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally. Residencies include NES Artist Residency in SkagastrĂśnd, Iceland, the CAI Projects Residency, in Cadiz, Spain and Vermont Studio Center.
ABIGAIL LUCIEN is a Haitian-American who grew up in Cap-Haitien, Haiti and Florida. Examining ways that cultural identities and inherited colonial structures transmit to the body and psyche, the works foreground their Haitian-American heritage by addressing notions of visibility, authenticity, and hybridity as they relate to a multicultural queer identity. Lucien considers what it means for the body to empathize with a place, paying careful consideration to color and materials that include both found and made objects, such as painted metal fencing and scent infused limes. Lucien merges this architectural vernacular with her intrigue in the tenderness and labor of self-care by pouring pounds of coconut oil, soap, shea and cocoa butter into fabricated molds. Through these objects, Lucien investigating the ritual of self-care as an act of selfpreservation and an antithesis of erasure for BIPOC individuals. Abigail Lucien holds a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.Their work has exhibited at museums and institutions such as MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York, Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, GA., Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, FL, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, as well as High Tide Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, and The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Lucien was named the 2020 Harpo Emerging Artist Fellow and is a recipient of a 20-21 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. Since 2017, they have been based in Richmond, VA where they teach as a full-time faculty member in the Sculpture + Extended Media department at VCU. Lucien recently accepted a full-time faculty position in the Interdisciplinary Sculpture department at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
In KAVERI RAINA’s recent work, a love of the poetics of language and the act of painting are evident. In her “vibrant paintings, anxious, yet familiar shapes teeter across the surface, amorphous but present. Her forms hover in space and collapse any distinctions between figure and ground, landscape and portrait, and abstraction and representation. Raina plays with saturation and texture, molding color like clay.” Using permeable materials like woven burlap and canvas, Raina paints on both sides of the surface, playing with saturation and texture. Drawing on the colors from the past, specifically familiar to her childhood in New Delhi, India, she uses a jewel-like palette to create vivid combinations and patterns. Kaveri Raina is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She was born and raised in New Delhi, India and moved to the States at the age of eleven. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant and has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Raina’s work has been exhibited in the US, India and Germany.
PALLAVI SEN works with installation, printmaking, textiles, Instagram, and intuitive movement. With interests spanning from the lives of birds and animals, South Asian costumes, domestic architecture, altars, deities, of woven cloth, friendship, love, her future lover, farming, eco-feminism, the gates to Indian homes, sisterhood, walking, and cooking deliberately, the scenes and imagery within Sen’s work is cacophonous and elegant. Elements flow in and out of one another, circulating within a visual ecosystem of pattern and color. Sen describes that working “in this way I can reveal much of myself without conversation, and then also, if magic is real, use the drawn form, the song, or the acting out of something as a wish or as a hope or a secular prayer towards the realisation of a desire or dream.” Pallavi Sen received her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from the Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a fellow + artist in residence at Shandaken Projects: Storm King, Mildred’s Lane, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Ox-Bow School of Art, Byrdcliffe at Woodstock, Wormfarm Institute, Yale Norfolk School of Art, Hambidge Center, and ACRE. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Williams College, and lives/walks in the Berkshires. In his brightly colored, stacked compositions, STANLEY WHITNEY carefully considers composition and balance. He describes his technique as a call and response flow that is similar to jazz music. Slightly disrupting the traditional structure of the grid, his use of bold blocks of color create a dynamic visual field. Through the use of crayon and watercolor, his printed editions take on a chunky, saturated digital quality. Whitney lives and works in New York City and Parma, Italy. He holds an MFA from Yale University and is currently Professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Whitney’s work is included in public collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the High Museum, among many others.
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Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present INDEX, a group exhibition. Bringing together works that stretch the boundaries of painting in unique...