MARISA ADESMAN, TAMMI CAMPBELL, ALEC EGAN, ALANNAH FARRELL, JORDAN NASSAR, JOSHUA PETKER, NEIL RAITT, ROBERT RUSSELL, SIGRID SANDSTRÖM, SAMANTHA THOMAS, SARAH ANN WEBER, JANET WERNER
NOVEMBER 11 – 14, 2021
Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce a curated selection of works by twelve artists for Dallas Art Fair 2021. This presentation represents a cross-section of our varied and interconnected program that fosters emerging and mid career artists including Marisa Adesman, Tammi Campbell, Alec Egan, Alannah Farrell, Jordan Nassar, Joshua Petker, Neil Raitt, Robert Russell, Sigrid Sandström, Samantha Thomas, Sarah Ann Weber, and Janet Werner.
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Marisa Adesman’s surreal still lifes often depict ordinary objects in bizarre contexts and striking states of mystical transformation. Her precise draftsmanship and delicate brushwork draws viewers into the fantasy and challenges our perceptions of reality. Made entirely from acrylic paint, Tammi Campbell’s works are perfectly packed stand-ins for their respective originals. The artist envelopes, secures, and mummifies historical paintings asking viewers to ponder what is valued, paying homage to the past, while simultaneously taking it hostage. Impastoed paintings by Alec Egan are premised on fictitious memory, willfully playing on conceptual tropes of nostalgia as well as formal concerns such as pattern, color, and light. Each of Alannah Farrell’s portraits are a protest, an exercise in safety, community building and nurturing intimacy against the alienation, anxieties, and violences of modern queer life.
Palestinian-American Jordan Nassar, whose work with traditional forms of embroidery and craft ruminates on issues of the diaspora, cultural authenticity, and political activism. Joshua Petker draws inspiration from historical works, which are intentionally kept anonymous. His paintings rely instead on their ability to evoke the familiar and uncanny, teasing and tantalizing. The surreal landscapes of Neil Raitt address the function of painting in an era of digital art, his compositions exist as a suspension of illusionary space and traditional senses of perspective. Robert Russell’s ‘Teacup’ series addresses ideas of memory, iconography, and mortality in a personal language that is attentive to beauty, the history of painting, and the role of photography.
Sigrid Sandström’s elusive abstract paintings of non-inhabited places call forth a range of associations from landscapes to cosmic forms—the raw canvas ground against a playful and expressive color palette. Samantha Thomas’s ‘flower series’ of carefully folded tondos explore the primary building blocks of modernist painting—line, color, space, light, shape, and texture. The monochrome forms appear supple, as they undulate off the wall. With her recent works, Sarah Ann Weber continues to choreograph vegetation through her imaginative stylizations, resulting in psychological and emotional landscapes ripe for exploration. The raw emotion captured in Janet Werner’s fictional portraits appeals to humor, fantasy, and seduction, while addressing issues of gender, representation, ideological conditioning, and vulnerability.