Works by June Culp, Jyan Ku, Molly Metz, Bridget Mullen and Nick Payne

Opening on December 9th, 6-9 pm

On display December 9th-23rd, 2017

December’s exhibition at Yui Gallery surveys a selection of artwork by June Culp, Jyan Ku, Molly Metz, Bridget Mullen and Nick Payne who all play with abstraction, color, texture and the artist’s hand in their drawings and paintings. Many of their artworks are intentionally perplexing and reliant upon the individual’s engagement with their peculiar, hastily executed compositions. The intentions of each artist are unique, but harmonious when presented together.

The myriad of imagery on the internet has been a resource for Nick Payne that simultaneously publicizes his artwork and further disassociates it from its original context through platforms like Tumblr. His drawings are varied in medium, but they consistently feature highly expressive subjects that are roughly rendered against bizarre cartoon surroundings. There is a particular naiveté about Jyan Ku’s cartoonish hand with her often flat, mundane drawn scenes. They are inherently odd given the disproportionate figurations that occupy them and evoke a perplexingly grotesque spectacle that engages the viewer in their foreign, yet quizzically familiar, occurrences to produce varying degrees of recognition.

June Culp employs a limited color palette for her heavy-lined paintings of hypersexual figures and compositions. Her voluptuous yet simplistic subjects are direct due to their abstraction that, at times, blurs the line between the figure itself and the canvas’ surrounding expanses of color. Meanwhile, Bridget Mullen utilizes abstraction to avoid the conflation of personal preconceived notions with the imagery she depicts. Her contrasted, pattern-filled artwork is created with a sense of urgency only to be forgotten about as to distance the work from its initial intent. Mullen’s aim is to draw viewers in with recognizable elements in her paintings, but she wants to leave the interpretation of the work itself up to the individual, be it an imagined meaning or nothing at all. 

The work of Molly Metz is equally as busy as Mullen’s paintings, as such visual stimulation abounds with Metz’s uniquely vibrant explorations of form and color. Her paintings are layered with numerous drawings, patterns and textures that spell out text in varying degrees of legibility. The exhibition of these five artists together is overwrought with ambiguity that is sure to deliver its fair share of confusion and intrigue for viewers.