Jason Vass is pleased to present “Unmade”, a solo exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles based painter Constance Mallinson. The exhibition runs from June 10-July 22, 2017.
The exhibition will feature a diverse group of paintings composed from natural and manufactured detritus Mallinson has collected from the streets on her daily walks through her neighborhood. Decaying plant materials and a fantastical assortment of post-consumer items are deftly interwoven in monumental accumulations suggesting trash dumps, ocean gyres, and urban alleyways, or in intimate, singular portrait forms. The rich details, dazzling color, variety of objects and interplay of forms are rooted in 17th century Dutch still life painting as well as Cubist collage. Intermittent thick painterly gestures within the predominantly figurative compositions further the conversation with iconic Modernist painting. Past, present and future are evoked, prompting questions concerning the complexities and moral dilemmas of living in an a techno consumerist, disposable world as we simultaneously contribute to its demise. Post-apocalyptic, darkly humorous, critical and celebratory at once, “Unmade” revisits Marcel Duchamp in the 100th anniversary of his “Readymades”. The 17 foot painting, “The Large-Blass-t”, a word play on Duchamp’s “The Large Glass”, depicts hundreds of found objects floating down through a stormy, smoke-filled Turner-esque sky. As Duchamp elevated common objects to the status of art, Mallinson’s images of degraded commodities situate us once again in a provocative endgame.
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