Opening Reception: April 14, 6-8pm
Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to announce Twice Told, the gallery's inaugural solo show by
emerging artist Stephanie Washburn. Featuring photographs from “Reception” – a series of
"television drawings" - and a related video projection entitled “Hoser,” the work explores the
persistence of human touch in relationship to pictorial flatness, and the resulting interface between
painterly and digitally mediated images.
With references to Abstract Expressionism, feminist art practice and early performance, Washburn
coalesces real and fictive states through the interplay between televised imagery and ordinary
household items. Repurposing the programmed content as passive backdrop, chance encounter, or
found object, her materials assume an unlikely focal authority. Materials such as butter, pillow
stuffing, and cling wrap fuse with the broadcasted picture plane, the gestural application of which
forges an array of abstraction and counter narratives. By manipulating the variables of exposure
time, scale, orientation and cropping, her imagery distances the viewer from the original referents,
culminating in a tension between the ideas of a photograph as artifact and construct. At times
celebratory, destructive, and humorous, Washburn's luminescent displays advocate for agency in
perception, both through the staged nature of photography and her experimentation with the
theatricality and malleability of the painting process. In a post-industrial and increasingly digital
world, Washburn returns us to fraught politics of the body – each work driven forward through
the lingering sensation of the artist's touch.
Washburn received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has been
exhibited at The University Art Museum (CA), Atkinson Gallery (CA), Santa Barbara Museum of
Art (CA), Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (CA), Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (CA) and Davidson
Art Center (CT). She currently lives and works between Ojai and Los Angeles.