Jasmine Little, Shaina McCoy, and Michael Swaney
33 Works By 3 Artists
Ever Gold [Projects]
1275 Minnesota Street, Suite 105, San Francisco, CA 94107
June 2 – July 7, 2018
Reception: June 2, 5-8 pm
Ever Gold [Projects] is pleased to present 33 Works By 3 Artists, a group exhibition featuring Jasmine Little, Shaina McCoy, and Michael Swaney. The exhibition includes ceramics and works on paper by Jasmine Little, oil paintings by Shaina McCoy, and mixed media paintings by Michael Swaney.
Jasmine Little presents new ceramics and works on paper, which the artist presents together to draw attention to their relationships. Little often looks to previous instances of her work for direction, using works on paper to inspire ceramic sculptures, and vice versa. There is an oscillation between figuration and abstraction, which is perhaps most evident in her ceramic works, where certain clearly figurative elements dissolve into textural explorations. Little is interested in a kind of material minimalism—while her work is colorful and often quite detailed, she favors an economical use of media, enjoying “the confinement of the parameters.”
Shaina McCoy presents a series of new oil paintings in which she depicts interactions between family members, drawn from her own family photographs as well as from found images. Her application of paint is heavy but delicate, and a signature gesture is to leave the faces of her subjects blank. Removing the most specific identifying marks—facial features—she offers her characters as sites for a viewer to project their own memories and experiences. The human form is simplified and elevated by the omission of features; the value of the body as vehicle and host replaces the abstract relationship of personality and physicality.
Michael Swaney presents a series of new mixed media paintings, in which he uses the outline of the human hand as a structure to host a variety of strange forms and figures. Each finger becomes at least one character and sometimes many, often with its own distinct style and materials. There is some reference to the Thanksgiving tradition of children creating turkeys from the outline of their hands, but Swaney’s treatment of the structure brings it closer to its limits while maintaining the form’s playfulness.