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"LIGHT" curated by Rico Gatson

Trudy Benson, Beverly Fishman, Rico Gatson, David Huffman, Warren Isensee, Tomashi Jackson, Aaron Johnson, Baseera Khan, Chris Martin, Carrie Moyer, Jason Stopa & Letha Wilson

511 West 22nd Street

13 May - 19 June, 2021

New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021,  
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery,‘Light’ (curated by Rico Gatson), 13 May – 19 June 2021
"LIGHT" curated by Rico Gatson
Trudy Benson, Light Pink Path, 2021, Acrylic and oil on canvas,77 1/8 x 66 1/8 inches, 195.6 x 167.6 cm, MMG#33117
Trudy Benson, Structures Gonfables, 2021, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 77 1/4 x 66 1/8 inches, 196.2 x 168 cm, MMG#33118
Beverly Fishman, Untitled (Bipolar, Parkinson's, Pain, Gerd), 2020, Urethane paint on wood, 56 1/4 x 105 3/4 inches, 142.9 x 268.6 cm, MMG#32924
Beverly Fishman, Untitled (Migraine, ADHD, Pain, Pain), 2021, Urethane paint on wood, 52 3/8 x 105 inches, 133 x 266.7 cm, MMG#32755
Rico Gatson, Untitled (Double Sun/Sonhouse), 2021, Acrylic paint on wood, 48 x 36 inches, 121.9 x 91.4 cm, MMG#33127,  
Rico Gatson, Untitled (Flag VII), 2020, Acrylic paint on wood, 36 x 48 inches, 91.4 x 121.9 cm, MMG#33135
Rico Gatson, Untitled (Thembi After Pharoah Sanders), 2021, Acrylic paint on wood, 48 x 36 inches, 121.9 x 91.4 cm, MMG#33131
David Huffman, Huey, 2020, Mixed media on wood panel, 72 x 59 3/4 inches, 182.9 x 151.8 cm, MMG#32826
David Huffman, Sublimation, Sublimation, 2020, Mixed media on wood panel, 72 x 59 3/4 inches, 182.9 x 151.8 cm, MMG#32823
Warren Isensee, Flat Baroque, 2021, Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 inches, 88.9 x 88.9 cm, MMG#33146
Warren Isensee, Rabbit Hole, 2021, Oil on canvas, 60 x 73 inches, 152.4 x 185.4 cm, MMG#32800
Tomashi Jackson, Untitled (Color Study I), 2016, Acrylic yarn and wood, 45 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches, 114.9 x 64.1 x 67.3 cm, MMG#33079
Tomashi Jackson, Untitled (Color Study II), 2015, Acrylic yarn and wood, 41 1/8 x 52 x 10 inches, 104.5 x 132.1 x 25.4 cm, MMG#33139
Aaron Johnson, Flight, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22 inches, 71.1 x 55.9 cm, MMG#33119
Aaron Johnson, To the Sun, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 54 inches, 167.6 x 137.2 cm, MMG#33081
Baseera Khan, Wealth and Ancestors (Living Room), 2020, 9oz Polyester Matte backdrops, grommets, wood, foam, muslin, microphone stands, selfie light, 80 x 91 x 16 inches, 203.2 x 231.1 x 40.6 cm, MMG#33082
Chris Martin, After the Rain #3, 2020, Acrylic and glitter on canvas, 88 x 77 inches, 223.5 x 195.6 cm, MMG#33083
Carrie Moyer, Wayfinding, 2020, Acrylic and glitter on canvas, 78 x 66 inches, 198.1 x 167.6 cm, MMG#33085
Jason Stopa, The City of the Sun, 2021, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 152.4 x 121.9 cm, MMG#33088
Letha Wilson, Double Moon Death Valley Layered Concrete, 2021, Unique, C-prints, concrete, aluminum frame, 32 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches, 81.915 x 61.595 x 3.81 cm, MMG#33087
Letha Wilson, Kauai Sunset Layered Concrete (Photogram), 2021, Unique C-print, concrete, aluminum frame, 32 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches, 81.9 x 61.6 x 3.8 cm, MMG#33198
Letha Wilson, Steel Face Concrete Bend (Bryce Canyon), 2017, Unique C-prints, concrete, emulsion transfer, steel frame, 38 x 33 x 1 1/2 inches, 96.5 x 83.8 x 3.8 cm, MMG#33084

Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - MILES McENERY GALLERY is pleased to announce Light, curated by Rico Gatson. The exhibition opens on 13 May and will remain on view through 19 June 2021. Light is the inaugural exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery’s newly renovated Chelsea location at 511 West 22nd Street.

“Light is energy, power, radiance, illumination, color, play, promise and hope. It’s transcendent. It’s the organizing force behind the exhibition which includes the work of twelve multidisciplinary artists.” — Rico Gatson

The impetus for Light derived from a quote by twentieth-century German-American painter Hans Hofmann, proclaiming “In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.” This exhibition articulates a belief in the fundamental power of light, in its various forms, to convey the magic of art. Motivated by an enduring appreciation for these artists, Gatson brings together a diverse group working across a variety of mediums.

The artists are connected through the ways in which light is transcended in their work. Benson, Isensee, and Moyer employ layered patterns, symbols, and forms to create rhythmic bursts of energy that pulse before the viewer’s eyes. The work of Fishman, Jackson, and Khan enlivens space and explore new possibilities for perception. Experiments in materials that stimulate the senses are driving forces behind the works of Huffman, Martin, and Wilson. Radiant color is simultaneously felt and seen in Gatson, Johnson, and Stopa’s paintings as glowing pigments ooze from one form to the next.

The exhibition extends an invitation to immerse oneself in metaphorical light, and experience the work of twelve artists together inspired by the power of illumination.