The upcoming show, to be installed for August 24th, exhibits Stefany Hemming’s latest series titled Holding Pattern. These large oil on panel paintings are done under a rigid set of rules laid out by the artist for her process. In her own words:
“The nest represents an activity which has sublime purpose. It is also merely an empty object which may have exhausted its use. This dichotomy is relevant to the practice of painting and the scrutiny it has endured…
I work within a strict set of formal parameters: one tool, one layer of paint and one limited block of time. In this intense and gestural process, spontaneous movements or raw actions occur. Awkward, elegant, clumsy, confident, all marks inform the work and all have equal importance. Accepting every mark made, nothing is re-worked, painted over or shaded. Some of the concerns that dominate my work are deception, vitality, trust, loss, aging, and lust.
This body of work is an exploration of painting as an obsessive, ritualistic, instinctive practice which embodies all the contingency, uncertainty and instability of the real. It promotes painting as documentation of the intangible, evidence of one’s humanity.” – Stefany Hemming