ALEC EGAN, ALANNAH FARRELL, TINA GIROUARD, JAIME MUÑOZ, JORDAN NASSAR, NEIL RAITT, ROBERT RUSSELL, SIGRID SANDSTRÖM, COSMO WHYTE, FAITH WILDING
SEPTEMBER 9 – 12, 2021
Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce a curated selection of works by ten artists for The Armory Show 2021. This presentation represents a cross-section of our varied and interconnected program that fosters emerging and historic artists including Alec Egan, Alannah Farrell, Tina Girouard, Jaime Muñoz, Jordan Nassar, Neil Raitt, Robert Russell, Sigrid Sandström, Cosmo Whyte, and Faith Wilding.
Among the featured works are historical collaborative sequin works of Tina Girouard, a largely overlooked, but key artist within the New York post-minimal and Pattern and Decoration movements. Connected to Girouard’s collaborative craft, is Palestinian-American Jordan Nassar, whose work with traditional forms of embroidery and craft ruminates on issues of the diaspora, cultural authenticity, and political activism. His collaborative embroidered pieces for the presentation present a dialogue between his own position as a young member of diaspora and the women of the West Bank.
Issues of diaspora and cultural hybridity are also echoed in Cosmo Whyte’s work, the artist renders imagery of historic protest and black activism in semi-abstracted charcoal on paper works. Avowed eco-feminist Faith Wilding’s vibrant watercolor and ink drawings are dense with nature-infused imagery and express interconnectedness, while exploring visionary iconography of the energy and force of growth. For the first time we are also presenting works by Los Angeles artist Jaime Muñoz, whose visual language is focused on aspects of identity, the commodification of labor, religion, and critiques of Latin American colonialism and Modernism.
Thick 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. 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.