A Women’s Thing x YCG Fine Art
Announce Online Viewing Room “OFF CANVAS”
December 4, 2020, through February 4, 2021
New York, Nov 13, 2020 — A Women’s Thing and YCG Fine Art announce the virtual exhibition, “OFF CANVAS,” which will be viewable @awomensthing from December 4, 2020, through February 4, 2021. This online viewing room, the second of its kind, is part of a larger initiative launched by A Women’s Thing to provide support and visibility for emerging, mid-career, and established female-identifying artists and organizations internationally.
Yassana Croizat-Glazer, curator of the exhibition, writes:
The word “canvas” is commonly used as a synonym for a “painting,” proof of how these two entities have become inextricably linked. Artists have long been using a vast array of media to express themselves, and yet, canvas—what Clement Greenberg referred to as a “constricting habit”—remains an important point of reference. In many ways, the predominantly quadrangular shape of canvas, the texture and opacity of its tightly woven surface, the degree of its flatness, all still loom large in our artistic consciousness.
“OFF CANVAS” invites viewers to think about—and beyond—the limits of canvas (both real and metaphorical) by exploring a selection of pieces by four women artists working in different media. Although displaying divergent techniques and varying degrees of abstraction, these works are linked in their desire to address universal concepts of particular significance in this precarious moment in history, such as transparency, memory, identity, ritual and displacement. Plexiglass offers Morgan Everhart a vehicle for examining the revelatory effects of light as well as the theoretical and aesthetic possibilities opened up by double-sided, freestanding paintings. Rich in sensorial effects and cultural meanings, textiles are Padma Rajendran’s chosen media for investigating issues pertaining to migration, such as women’s special role in preserving homeland traditions. For her work, Erika Ranee uses canvas as a support, but effectively buries it by layering materials such as spray paint and shellac in which she often embeds ephemera; through this process, the artist focuses on the act of documentation and on the allure of tangible records of time. Véronique Terrieux has found in the medium of ink on paper, which she sometimes enhances with colored pencil, a visual mode for delving into a nebulous world at the edge of day and night, where nature thrives alone and remembrance stretches deep into the earth.
10% of YCG Fine Art’s proceeds from “OFF CANVAS” will be donated to the Association to Benefit Children (a-b-c.org): “ABC’s mission is to offer every child a life filled with joy and love by creating compassionate programs in urgent response to the needs of New York City’s most vulnerable families.”
About A Women’s Thing
A Women’s Thing is a print and digital publication dedicated to reshaping society’s ideas of what “women’s things” are. It is interested in stories that never get told, whether educational, emotional and inspirational, as well as in finding and highlighting the women who are making history today.
About YCG Fine Art
YCG Fine Art is a virtual gallery specializing in contemporary art as well as European painting from the 15th to the 19th centuries. It was founded by former Metropolitan Museum of Art curator, Yassana Croizat-Glazer, in 2017. Yassana also contributes the column “Past Matters” to A Women’s Thing.
About the Artists
Born in Dallas, Texas, Morgan Everhart works primarily in painting, installation, performance, and writing. Everhart’s practice challenges naturalism and ontology through reflection on personal experiences, identity, religion and art history. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in 2013, and her Master of Fine Arts from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. Recent exhibitions include: Flowers for my Failures at the Longwood Museum, Virginia (2019); BLOOM at Millersville University, Pennsylvania (2019); and, Four Degrees of Abstraction at Markel Fine Arts, New York (2018). Everhart is also a contributing writer to “A Women’s Thing” publication. She lives and works in New York.
Erika Ranee’s work expresses the hums and beats of small worlds writ large. Her paintings take cues from the minutiae of the natural world and pulls them all together in an intuitive visual freestyle. She has shown extensively around New York in group shows at Southampton Arts Center, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, BravinLee programs, Platform Project Space and at Wild Palms Dusseldorf, Germany. In 2018 she had concurrent solo exhibitions at BRIC and Ground Floor Gallery, followed by two solo shows in 2019 at Lesley Heller Gallery and Freight + Volume. She works in New York.
Padma Rajendran was born in Klang, Malaysia. She received her MFA in Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been featured in Art Maze Magazine, New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, and Chronogram Magazine. Rajendran’s work is engaged in the symbolism of “fruitfulness” within the home and how this blessing and burden has traditionally derived from the female body. Working with fibers, Rajendran conjures images and forms that are personal translations of shrine and monument.
Paris-based artist and poet Véronique Terrieux grew up in Le Grézal in the countryside of South-Western France, the natural beauty of which made a deep impression on her. After years of working in oil painting, Terrieux made the transition to ink on paper, often enhanced with colored pencil. For the artist, this medium has proven better suited to capturing her pictorial universe, in which reign silent, distilled landscapes evocative of the world in its original state and which provide the viewer with a contemplative escape. Terrieux has participated in numerous exhibitions and salons, including the yearly Salon International de L’Estampe et du Dessin with Galerie Grillon (Paris: Grand Palais, 2011–2017)
For more information on A Women’s Thing, please visit awomensthing.org.
Online viewing room: awomensthing.org/off-canvas
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