One Sock at a Time

Jay Stuckey

April 2 - May 7, 2022

6150 Wilshire Blvd

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Jay Stuckey titled One Sock at a Time. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery and will be on view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, April 2 – May 7, 2022. An opening reception will take place Saturday, April 2 from 6-8 pm.

Stuckey knows his archetypes. The jester. The romantic. The outlaw. The superhero. The everyman. He uses these characters—captured in a distinct pop and comic style—to marry ideas and emotional states that operate within a dream-logic. His pictographic paintings convey both tenderness and amusement, satire and critique about daily life, human nature, and the inexplicable. With a slapstick zaniness and an eye on the ordinary, Stuckey’s paintings pilot a passage to the profound.

An artist unbound by distinctions between high and low, messy and contained, important and irrelevant, primal and civilized, his work expresses an emotional and complex psychology in which innocence, melancholy, suffering, and exuberance are inextricably mixed. Building up the initial surfaces of his paintings with collaged images clipped from newspapers, penciled shopping lists, and drawings mined from his daily dream diaries, Stuckey bestows each painting with its own mood and subconscious.

Through Stuckey’s paintings, an expansive world emerges capturing the rush of life and evoking a hot allegory for the madness of right now. His union of opposites—the humorous and sinister, the abstract and representational, drawing and painting—generate a tension that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, but reminds you that we all put our socks on one at a time.

Jay Stuckey (b. 1968, Washington, D.C.), received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and BFA from Brown University. He has exhibited his work internationally at Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Berlin; Institut Franco-American, Rennes; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; Anna Zorina Gallery, New York; Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco; Blank Projects, Cape Town; Goethe Institute, Johannesburg; Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA and Collection Majudia, Montreal. Stuckey lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

One Sock at a Time

Jay Stuckey

April 2 - May 7, 2022

EXHIBITION TEXT

Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Bouquet, 2022
Oil on canvas 60 x 44 inches / 152.4 x 111.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Treading Water, 2022
Oil on canvas 60 x 44 inches / 152.4 x 111.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Pictograph (Welcome!), 2021
Oil, graphite, and collage on canvas 44 x 60 inches / 111.8 x 152.4 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Flood, 2020
Oil on canvas 38 x 70 inches / 96.5 x 177.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Victory Lap, 2021
Oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches / 45.7 x 35.6 cm
Jay Stuckey Waking Up, 2022
Oil on canvas 60 x 44 inches / 152.4 x 111.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock At A Time, 2022
Oil on canvas 60 x 44 inches / 152.4 x 111.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Working The Pole, 2021
Oil, graphite, and collage on canvas 24 x 33 inches / 61 x 83.8 cm
Jay Stuckey Choreomania!, 2020
Oil and graphite on canvas 33 x 45 inches / 83.8 x 114.3 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Shedding, 2022
Oil on canvas 60 x 44 inches / 152.4 x 111.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Pictograph (Capitol Records), 2022
Oil, graphite, and collage on canvas 30 x 21 inches / 76.2 x 53.3 cm
Jay Stuckey The Juggler, 2022
Oil on canvas 60 x 44 inches / 152.4 x 111.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Floating, 2022
Oil on canvas 60 x 44 inches / 152.4 x 111.8 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey Invocation, 2021
Oil on canvas 21 x 30 inches / 53.3 x 76.2 cm
Jay Stuckey Elevators, 2021
Oil on canvas 21 x 30 inches / 53.3 x 76.2 cm
Jay Stuckey Workin', 2022
Oil on canvas 14 x 18 inches / 35.6 x 45.7 cm
Jay Stuckey The Complex III (It's Complicated), 2021
Oil, graphite, and collage on canvas 45 x 30 inches / 114.3 x 76.2 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jay Stuckey The Train, 2021
Oil, graphite, and collage on canvas 18 x 84 inches / 45.7 x 213.4 cm
Jay Stuckey One Sock at a Time, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view

EXHIBITION TEXT

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Jay Stuckey titled One Sock at a Time. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery and will be on view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, April 2 – May 7, 2022. An opening reception will take place Saturday, April 2 from 6-8 pm.

Stuckey knows his archetypes. The jester. The romantic. The outlaw. The superhero. The everyman. He uses these characters—captured in a distinct pop and comic style—to marry ideas and emotional states that operate within a dream-logic. His pictographic paintings convey both tenderness and amusement, satire and critique about daily life, human nature, and the inexplicable. With a slapstick zaniness and an eye on the ordinary, Stuckey’s paintings pilot a passage to the profound.

An artist unbound by distinctions between high and low, messy and contained, important and irrelevant, primal and civilized, his work expresses an emotional and complex psychology in which innocence, melancholy, suffering, and exuberance are inextricably mixed. Building up the initial surfaces of his paintings with collaged images clipped from newspapers, penciled shopping lists, and drawings mined from his daily dream diaries, Stuckey bestows each painting with its own mood and subconscious.

Through Stuckey’s paintings, an expansive world emerges capturing the rush of life and evoking a hot allegory for the madness of right now. His union of opposites—the humorous and sinister, the abstract and representational, drawing and painting—generate a tension that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, but reminds you that we all put our socks on one at a time.

Jay Stuckey (b. 1968, Washington, D.C.), received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and BFA from Brown University. He has exhibited his work internationally at Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Berlin; Institut Franco-American, Rennes; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; Anna Zorina Gallery, New York; Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco; Blank Projects, Cape Town; Goethe Institute, Johannesburg; Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA and Collection Majudia, Montreal. Stuckey lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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