Ground Floor Contemporary is pleased to present With Feeling, an exhibition of work by Avital Burg, Mary Addison Hackett, Keiran Brennan Hinton, Polly Shindler, and Kelly S. Williams. The show will include intimate interiors, landscapes, and still life's, paintings made in response to personal subject matter and the experience of looking closely. The exhibition is curated by artist Christina Renfer Vogel.
“I have felt the energy and life of the painting’s will; I have been held there, instructed. And the overall effect, the result of looking and looking into its brimming surface as long as I could look, is love, by which I mean a sense of tenderness toward experience, of being held within an intimacy with the things of the world.”
—Mark Doty, from Still Life with Oysters and Lemon
This exhibition presents ordinary places and everyday objects made surprising through attentive, intimate painting. The works offer unexpected details while they describe familiar scenarios—an old-fashioned coat rack heavy with jackets, coffee tables and countertops with household ephemera, empty chairs, and bunches of wildflowers.
The works occupy well-trodden genres, and at times, they point to historical painting like clever inside jokes. Their subjects have a sense of history, too. They somehow feel both of the past and of our time. But these painters are unencumbered by the weight of the medium. The works shimmer with life and sincerity, but also humor, occasionally challenging the formality of the conventions they hold dear, and off-kilter in their execution.
These artists see the world as potential for painting, guided by intuition and perception. With surfaces that range from buttery and lush to scratchy and urgent, soft and deliberate to thick sculptural impasto, their touch varies, but they are self-assured in their vision. The paintings are straightforward and sensitive in their descriptions, as delicate as they are achingly banal. Through their willingness to be vulnerable, the artists approach their work with feeling, and they invite us to see how they interpret their lived experience. The work makes us take notice; their paintings remind us to embrace the magic and strangeness that surrounds us, hidden in plain sight.
Avital Burg (NY) is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer from Tel Aviv that creates highly personal works by utilizing specific references from the history of art and her own life. Burg attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, the Slade School of Fine Art, and the New York Studio School.
Mary Addison Hackett (CA) is an artist whose work includes painting, film/video, and other time-based projects. Her work examines the construction of meaning, memory, and representation in day-to-day life and often combines performance with wry humor, philosophical inquiry, and feminist overtones. Hackett received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Keiran Brennan Hinton (NY) was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to New York in 2010 to complete his BFA in Painting at Pratt Institute and his MFA in Painting at the Yale School of Art. Recent shows include solo exhibitions at 1969 Gallery (New York) and Mulherin New York and group exhibitions at Art Los Angeles Contemporary with 1969 Gallery, Power Plant (Toronto), the James Castle House (Boise), and FPAC (Milan).
Polly Shindler (CT) received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2011. She had her first solo show at Ortega Y Gasset (Brooklyn) in 2017 followed by a second at The Journal Gallery’s project space Tennis Elbow (Brooklyn). Recent projects include a show at The Flinn Gallery (Greenwich, CT) and a two-person exhibition at Kaller Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.).
Kelly S. Williams (TN) returned to her hometown of Nashville after earning a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Williams has served as an instructor at The Peck School of Arts at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Watkins College of Art and Design. She currently serves as a graduate school mentor in the Low-Residency MFA Program at SAIC.
Curator, Christina Renfer Vogel (TN) holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Vogel has been an artist-in-residence with the JSS in Civita program (Civita Castellana, Italy), Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts (Rabun Gap, GA), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE). She is a recipient of a Lighton International Artists Exchange Program grant and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, among other awards. Vogel currently serves as an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.