STRANGE TIMES

January 11 – February 10, 2013

Opening Reception – Friday, January 11, 6PM

 

KAJAHL BENES

GEORGIA ELROD

HALSEY HATHAWAY

JJ MANFORD

RACHEL SCHMIDHOFER

THOMAS SPOERNDLE

 

For immediate release

NOVELLA is pleased to present “STRANGE TIMES”, a group show that celebrates painting’s modus operandi, flexibility, and diversity of meaning.

You want criticality? Take a gander at Rachel Schmidhofer’s taco painting. You want sheer beauty and a physical experience? Stand in front of a painting by Halsey Hathaway. Or maybe you’re in the mood for hip hop? Kajahl Benes’ take on portraiture, though rooted in the past, seems to come to us from the future.  

Georgia Elrod’s work challenges us to see beyond the recognizable, where context is everything, and meaning is in limbo. JJ Manford’s painting, similarly operating between the figurative and abstract, feels like the work of a shaman. Thomas Spoerndle’s work recalls Mondrian’s "Broadway Boogie Woogie" with the visual flair and pizzazz of the 21st century.

Steve Rivera

 JJ Manford.  The Brink of Utterance , 2012, Acrylic, tempera, and spray paint on canvas, 72 x 62 inches

JJ Manford. The Brink of Utterance, 2012, Acrylic, tempera, and spray paint on canvas, 72 x 62 inches

 Halsey Hathaway.  Untitled , Acrylic on dyed canvas (2 parts), 60 x 80 inches

Halsey Hathaway. Untitled, Acrylic on dyed canvas (2 parts), 60 x 80 inches

 Rachel Schmidhofer.  Taco Supreme , 2012, Oil on panel, 10 x 15 inches

Rachel Schmidhofer. Taco Supreme, 2012, Oil on panel, 10 x 15 inches

 Kajahl Benes.  Queen Calafia , 2012, Oil on canvas, 25 x 21 inches

Kajahl Benes. Queen Calafia, 2012, Oil on canvas, 25 x 21 inches

 Georgia Elrod.  Landline , 2012, Oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches

Georgia Elrod. Landline, 2012, Oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches

 Rachel Schmidhofer.  Fridge , 2012, Oil on panel, 60 x 40 inches

Rachel Schmidhofer. Fridge, 2012, Oil on panel, 60 x 40 inches

 Thomas Spoerndle.  Pastoral , 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 28 inches

Thomas Spoerndle. Pastoral, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 28 inches