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Plastic Garden

Madeleine Bialke, Jennifer Coates, Sharona Eliassaf, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Joani Tremblay, Emma Webster, and Brian Willmont

July 11 - August 16, 2019

Brian Willmont, Bio-Metamorphosis, 2019

Brian Willmont

Bio-Metamorphosis, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

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Emma Webster, Pale Horse, 2019

Emma Webster

Pale Horse, 2019

Oil on canvas

30h x 40w in
76.20h x 101.60w cm

Webster-001

Madeleine Bialke, we are meant to change, 2019

Madeleine Bialke

we are meant to change, 2019

Oil on canvas

28h x 24w in
71.12h x 60.96w cm

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Madeleine Bialke, a dark ecology, 2019

Madeleine Bialke

a dark ecology, 2019

Oil on canvas

40h x 32w in
101.60h x 81.28w cm

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Sharona Eliassaf, Thank you and Goodbye, 2017

Sharona Eliassaf

Thank you and Goodbye, 2017

Oil and spray paint on canvas

22h x 28w in
55.88h x 71.12w cm

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Jennifer Coates, Crepuscular, 2019

Jennifer Coates

Crepuscular, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 72w in
152.40h x 182.88w cm

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Joani Tremblay, Art & Fear, 2019

Joani Tremblay

Art & Fear, 2019

Oil on linen

25h x 21w in
63.50h x 53.34w cm

Tremblay-001

Joani Tremblay, A Room of One’s Own, 2018

Joani Tremblay

A Room of One’s Own, 2018

Oil on linen

36h x 32w in
91.44h x 81.28w cm

Tremblay-002

Adrienne Elise Tarver, Untitled, 2019

Adrienne Elise Tarver

Untitled, 2019

Caulking and acrylic on wire mesh

84h x 40w in
213.36h x 101.60w cm

Tarver-001

Press Release

“Plastic Garden”

July 11 – August 16

 

Madeleine Bialke, Jennifer Coates, Sharona Eliassaf, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Joani Tremblay, Emma Webster, Brian Willmont

Curated by Katrina Slavik

 

Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present “Plastic Garden”, an exhibition of seven painters depicting landscape and flora through a synthetic lens: Madeleine Bialke, Jennifer Coates, Sharona Eliassaf, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Emma Webster, and Brian Willmont. The works seek a spiritual connection to nature not thorough awe-inspiring vistas, but with toxic colors, moody surrealism, and industrial surfaces.

Madeleine Bialke subverts American landscape tropes with a radioactive, hyper-saturated palette. Details are simplified and natural scenes feel rubbery, while flattened spaces evoke a stage set that is unsettlingly absent of animals or other “actors”.

Jennifer Coates finds spiritual solace in the abstracted architecture of tree branches. By “kissing” the canvas with the mouth of paint tubes, Coates creates confetti gumball dots that also evoke an ephemeral dance in the forest.  

Sharona Eliassaf combines her surreal landscapes with Art Deco architecture. The fluorescent lighting is reminiscent of a stage set, or the idealized backgrounds on game shows.

Adrienne Elise Tarver’s latex caulk leaves transform part of the gallery into a synthetic jungle. The utilitarian materials contrast with finely rendered, decorative details.

Joani Tremblay’s landscapes feature domestic houseplants in outdoor utopian backdrops. By creating digital collage sketches before starting her painting process, Tremblay creates moody places that are subdivided by unsettlingly sharp borders.

Emma Webster’s paintings expand and contract between grand vistas and intimate spaces that are reminiscent of the small models she builds and references in her studio. Bucolic scenes are subverted with paper doll trees, toy animals, and surfaces that are too slick and shiny to be natural.

Brian Willmont’s sleek airbrushed works delve into a virtual reality where identical butterflies glitch across the canvas. Glowing hallucinations float in a colorful nowhere space reminiscent of graphic billboard ads.