DROWNED NEON ROSE CURATED BY Bridgette Mayer

JUROR STATEMENT

Drowned Neon Rose

 

Beauty is important in the face of ruin, death, and disaster.

 

Storytelling is important in an age of lies, misinformation and flooded libraries.

 

Right now I am looking for a wary and embattled beauty, the title drawn from a combination of “Drowned World” and “Oh Rose thou art sick,” layered in what I feel is contemporary color, neon pink and yellow, though it is kind of dirty.  We all have this kind of sinking feeling, but many of these works feel like narratives of survival, privacy, intimacy, ordinary suburban sadness.  I’m looking for hope in the ruin and collapse, a prefiguring of a way forward.

 

Many of the situations are candlelit, fire lit or sustain their own light through color or flora.  Art should emit light.

 

Neon is important.  I know a lot of it is fugitive, but it feels right, especially since this is a screen show.

 

There is a kind of overheated plastic wonder even to the scenes that seem normal, as if we are witnessing them from the future, wistfully.  What do we want to keep, what do we already mourn, what should we image now before we lose it? 

 

Many objects gathered, recorded, left strewn about, remembering.  Our futurism is bent with melancholy, our objects sing songs long after us while we look at them.  Each still life feels filled with rubble, but we are still finding things underneath, moss growing in sludge.

 

I curated for a mood, gothic but neon, Spanish moss-covered, dank romantic. A flooded floating world.  I curated for high skill but also for labor, I like things that look labored over and invested in, I think that adds to their talismanic worth, their secret power is time with human hands and minds.

 

If the scene seems cheerful, there is a kind of snarling darkness underneath.  Are they using candles for fun?  Is that poodle about to bite or catch? 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing all the work together as a group and there were many more submissions I wanted to include, literally shows more, but I was curating for mood and a kind of dark humor.  I think more shows should be curated with this wide-open call approach on the internet, I feel like I’ve seen so many different things and I am so grateful to you all for sharing your work with me.

Juror Kirstin Lamb February 2020

Drowned neon rose

Christine Buckton Tillman
Coverlet
Multimedia
50 x 42 in
Victoria V Nunley​
Scenes from a Wawa (Sorry Caravaggio)
Acrylic on Canvas
28 x 36 in
Andrew Venell
Unique Sorrows of the American Home
Acrylic & inkjet collage
18 x 24 in
Tracy Kerdman
Cake
Oil on wood
16 x 20in
Katie Lane
Love Note Found in a Rain Gutter
Multimedia
24" x 25" x 3"
Richard Kooyman
Lake Front Garden
18 x 24 in
Oil on canvas
Jessica Wohl
Stars and Bars
Multimedia
60" x 66”
Emma Hartman
The River
Acrylic on Board
18 x 18 in
Stephanie Sherwood
Confine in Situ: Produce Display
Enamel on Found Discarded Furniture
72 x 120 Inches
Danielle Klebes
Dig
Oil & Spray paint on canvas
48 x 80 in
Erin Galvez
Duality II
Multimedia
34 x 71in
Michael Yates
Unit 2
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
Valerie Wilcox
Neti, Neti
Mixed Media
15 x 21 x2.5 in
John Berry
Blinker
43 x 31.5 in
Acrylic, spray paint and flashe on canvas
Val Sears
I Don’t Mind the Sun Sometimes
Oil on panel
11 x 14 in
Danny Baskin
Entombment Vase
Fabric, Polyfill, pvd, wire, thread
53 x 35 x 15 in
2019
Hayley Youngs
Joaquin Phoenix
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 48 in
Chantal Lesley
Pin the Fantasy on the Female
Signed on the Dotted Line
Archival Inkjet Print
12 x 18 in
Robert McCann
Not to Fall Apart
Oil on panel
56 x 48 in
2019
Rachel Hausmann Schall
Glyph #1
Plywood, Sculptamold, acrylic Paint
9.5 x 13.5 x 2 inches
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Artist Work Accompanied by Juror Notes

Christine Buckton Tillman
Coverlet
Multimedia
50 x 42 in
Victoria V Nunley​
Scenes from a Wawa (Sorry Caravaggio)
Acrylic on Canvas
28 x 36 in
Andrew Venell
Unique Sorrows of the American Home
Acrylic & inkjet collage
18 x 24 in
Tracy Kerdman
Cake
Oil on wood
16 x 20in
Katie Lane
Love Note Found in a Rain Gutter
Multimedia
24" x 25" x 3"
Richard Kooyman
Lake Front Garden
18 x 24 in
Oil on canvas
Jessica Wohl
Stars and Bars
Multimedia
60" x 66”
Emma Hartman
The River
Acrylic on Board
18 x 18 in
Stephanie Sherwood
Confine in Situ: Produce Display
Enamel on Found Discarded Furniture
72 x 120 Inches
Danielle Klebes
Dig
Oil & Spray paint on canvas
48 x 80 in
Erin Galvez
Duality II
Multimedia
34 x 71in
Michael Yates
Unit 2
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
Valerie Wilcox
Neti, Neti
Mixed Media
15 x 21 x2.5 in
John Berry
Blinker
43 x 31.5 in
Acrylic, spray paint and flashe on canvas
Val Sears
I Don’t Mind the Sun Sometimes
Oil on panel
11 x 14 in
Danny Baskin
Entombment Vase
Fabric, Polyfill, pvd, wire, thread
53 x 35 x 15 in
2019
Hayley Youngs
Joaquin Phoenix
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 48 in
Chantal Lesley
Pin the Fantasy on the Female
Signed on the Dotted Line
Archival Inkjet Print
12 x 18 in
Robert McCann
Not to Fall Apart
Oil on panel
56 x 48 in
2019
Rachel Hausmann Schall
Glyph #1
Plywood, Sculptamold, acrylic Paint
9.5 x 13.5 x 2 inches
Show More