by Ariadna Zierold
by Ariadna Zierold
Winnie Truong is a Toronto based artist working in pencil crayons on paper to produce large scale portraits that challenge our ideas of beauty and discomfort.
The Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City presents All Types of Characters, a group exhibition showing over thirty contemporary artists based in the US, Canada and Denmark. The exhibition highlights the presence of characters in each artists’ work and their function as a means to explore identity and ideas of beauty as a social commentary. All Types of Characters is open since June 18, 2015.
One of the exhibiting artists, Richard Colman, experiments with surrealist landscapes, evoking female forms, ceramic pots, animals, geometric and biomorphic shapes, which are all recurring elements in his vividly colorful canvases. He vacillates freely between figuration and abstraction, at times focusing on pattern to such a degree that it overwhelms any recognizable components in his painting; other times he privileges figures and narratives. Also producing sculpture and installation works, Colman incorporates a variety of media, including pencils, paper, wood, porcelain, plaster, glue, nails, and tape—typically using vibrant colors.
“Color is not something I am very comfortable with, I am not a natural colorist,” the artist has said. “For me, it takes a lot of work to figure that stuff out so part of it for me is just the challenge, but I also like the idea of making thematically dark paintings using very bright colors.”
Ranging from performance art to surrealist oil painting, the artists in All Types of Characters examine the multifaceted function of the character, displaying equally diverse styles, contexts, and interpretations.
Exhibiting artists include Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Andy Jenkins, Andy Rementer, Bill Plympton, Caleb Neelon, Chris DAZE Ellis, Chris Pape, Christian Rex van Minnen, Frohawk Two Feathers, Hiro Kurata, HuskMitNavn, Jaimie Warren, Jason Jagel, Jay Howell, Jeanette Hayes, Jim Houser, Luke Pelletier, Mark Mulroney, Mark Thomas Gibson, Matt Leines, Mel Kadel, Michael Alvarez, Michael Gaughan, Mr. Kiji, Othelo Gervacio, Raina Hamner, Richard Colman, STEEL, Steve Nazar, SUB, Taylor McKimens, Thom Lessner, Timothy Uriah Steele, and Winnie Truong.