Private view: Thursday 10 June 6–8pm
Performance by Baker Overstreet: Thursday 10 June 7.30pm
Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present Purity is a Myth, an exhibition bringing
together new work by Keltie Ferris, Rannva Kunoy, Elizabeth Neel, Baker Overstreet
and Mary Ramsden. Grounded in a rejection of painting as a vehicle for an authentic
expression of self, or a purist renunciation of the phenomenal world Purity is a Myth
expands beyond the existing dichotomy between figuration and abstraction presenting
new possibilities which resist one single reading. The exhibition will open with
a performance by Baker Overstreet, his first in a gallery context.
Keltie Ferris (b. 1977, Louisville, KY) creates intense constructions of colour, abstract
motifs and multidirectional compositions. Direct and frank, her near brushless
medium applications result in powerful and unforeseen ‘fields of force.’
Rannva Kunoy (b.1975, Faroe Islands) creates vaporous paintings caught up in a
perpetual process of becoming. Drawn from motifs borrowed from sources ranging
from High Modernist painting to anonymous sci-fi illustration, Kunoy’s paintings
present visions of a world which remains unknown.
Elizabeth Neel (b.1975, Stowe, Vermont) creates sensually painted, intuitive
introspections. Drawn from specific, real world subject matter: from anonymous
images sourced from the Internet, Neel’s ‘fictive situations’ exist as excavations
of life, and the contamination of nature, and death and decay.
Baker Overstreet (b.1981 Augusta, Georgia) creates crudely rendered, vibrant, fauxnaïve,
folkish paintings characterised by a painterly lexicon of personal symbolism
and gesture. The focus of Overstreet’s new works on view is a floating head, that
of Overstreet’s invented character June, a trunk performer. These works serve as
backdrops, or advertisements for June who makes her gallery debut at the opening
of the exhibition.
Mary Ramsden (b. 1984 Harrogate, England) creates intimately-scaled abstract
compositions in which amoebic forms fuse with bold, gestural mark-making.
Delicate in scale, yet raw and ambitious in execution, Ramsden’s works are
testament to a commitment to painting as a progressive language that demands
our attentive engagement.
For further information and images please contact Isabella Maidment:
+44 (0)20 7323 7000