The Southern presents New Painting, a group exhibition of contemporary painters and their exploration of techniques; old and new, reworking and updating to align with current, contemporary aesthetics.
Adam Eddy lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina. Adam recently earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Boston University after completing his BA in Studio Art and Art History at the College of Charleston. Adam’s paintings borrow structures observed in everyday life and uses them as formats for abstract painting. This intersection of observation and interpretation opens possibilities of meaning specific to each viewer. His aim is to challenge the assumption that we are fixed and definable entities, formed by social hierarchies and separate from our environment. Dissolving these boundaries is essential to a complex moral understanding of one’s relationship to others.
Natalie Escobar lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a current tenant at The Goat Farm and was recently featured in New American Paintings Issue 130. Natalie’s current work explores identity through night vision utilizing traditional painting tools as well as airbrushing. She ventures through landscapes in the dark inviting viewers to enter a mysterious world of the unknown.
Shanequa Gay lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She has drawn praise and critical acclaim for her depictions of southern life and black women. Her current work, The FAIR GAME Project, is art as advocacy which challenges the unyielding violence and injustices committed in America and across the globe against the black body.
Shanequa has exhibited her work at prestigious venues and events including the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hammonds House Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Emory University, Mason Murer, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Her work is among public and private collections including actor Samuel L. Jackson and the permanent collection for SCAD Hong Kong.
Her work was featured in the 2014 Lions Gate film Addicted, the television series Being Mary Jane, the BET series Zoe and the upcoming 2016 OWN series Greenleaf. She was chosen by The Congressional Club to be the illustrator for the 2013 First Lady’s Luncheon hostess gift. First Lady Michelle Obama and more than 1,800 attendees received the gift.
She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and currently a graduate student at Georgia State University.
Susan Klein lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina. Susan has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, in Charleston, SC and Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS. She has also shown at Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Artists Gym, 3433 Gallery, Chicago, IL, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, University of Ulsan, South Korea, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, as well as other venues. Awards include a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, an Ox-bow artist in residence fellowship, residency at Arteles Creative Research Center, in Finland, and a College of Charleston Faculty Research Grant to attend the Takt Berlin residency, summer 2015. Susan received her MFA in 2004 from University of Oregon, BFA in 2001 from University of New Hampshire, and studied art at New York University. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Art at the College of Charleston.
Karen (Myers) Paavola lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina. She is an artist as well as educator. Karen received an MFA in Painting from Boston University and a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University. She is currently a studio artist at Redux Contemporary Art Center and an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, teaching in the Art Management Department. Grief, tragedy and coping with loss are a few of the themes explored in a new auto-biographical series that combines oil painting and screen printing. The work features figures, botanicals at various stages of life, patterns and text to narrate various events experienced during a time of re-building one’s identity when the previous self has expired.
Colin Quashie lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina. Quashie’s art faces off against hard issues of culture, politics and race with a self-conscious awareness that often offends (or disturbs) black, white and other; he discriminates with equality and equanimity. Quashie is equal to the hard questions he raises, but often the issues are camouflaged in pop-culture imagery and a form of Warholesque flashiness that confounds as well as derides the spectator.
Sophie Treppendahl lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. She believes that life is full of enchantment….not always, but occasionally, in those unexpected moments when the ordinary of life seem to glimmer with vibrancy and ephemeral perfection. Her work seeks to investigate and question these moments. Dissected through the material of paint, these moments come together; experienced, found, created, and explored.