Holly Coulis, Jackie Gendel, Pamela Jorden, Yoora Lee: Holly Coulis, Jackie Gendel, Pamela Jorden, Yoora Lee

6 August - 17 September 2022
Philip Martin Gallery is pleased to present, "Holly Coulis, Jackie Gendel, Pamela Jorden, Yoora Lee,” a four-artist exhibition exploring paintings and how they come together, especially with regard to time, sensory experience, and identity. In their respective bodies of work, Holly Coulis, Jackie Gendel, Pamela Jorden and Yoora Lee examine paintings, how they work, how they are read, and what they mean as artistic and cultural objects.

The creation of pictorial experience is at the heart of Holly COULIS's work. Lines cross her paintings in specifically plastic ways: taking direction, dividing up areas, circumscribing forms. Working from initial sketches, Coulis creates space though brushy lines and defined areas of applied paint, each outlined in color. The result is abstraction intersecting with the odd still life object – most often citrus. These forms act as spatial agents in a picture plane, rather than as substitutes for bodies in physical space. 

Jackie GENDEL’s works engage texture, line, color and form to create alluring, narrative moments. Individual figures in Gendel's work play off groupings; people exist in pictorial spaces, drawn as if pulled through dance or theatrical design. Much of her recent work makes contradictory use of two of modernity’s most common conventions of image production: serial repetition of form and the sequential image of narrative. She employs both, using them simultaneously to unfold the implied relationship between narrative time and painterly process.

Pamela JORDEN applies her paint in directed, pushed and dragged flows. She actively and physically manipulates the material of her work. The linen is pulled, stretched, and incised. It wraps around the convex and concave curves of the stretchers, and gives solidity to the more atmospheric qualities of the painted surface. 

Painter and film fanatic Yoora LEE, "watches movies before starting a new work, evoking the on-screen 'moving image' through delicate horizontal brushstrokes," critic Elfie Thomas writes, going on to say that Lee, "paints memories and emotions as if she were viewing them at a 'movie theater' – 'a drama with evocative music and melancholic colors.' Later, she’ll make copious sketches before settling on a composition and then articulating it in oil paint, using her unique style of horizontal strokes to compose forms. Through this delicate layering of thin oil paint, her artworks seem to tremble with momentum, 'like a video on a TV screen.'"

Holly Coulis (b. 1968, Toronto, Canada) received her BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, Canada) in 1995 and her MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) in 1998. Recent solo exhibitions include "Holly Coulis,” Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); and "Eyes and Yous," Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York, NY). Holly Coulis’ work was recently included in "North by Northeast: Contemporary Canadian Painting” (Kasmin, New York, NY); Thailand Biennale at the Pimamthip Art Gallery (Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province); and  “Evocations: Celebrating the Museum’s Collection” at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS). Coulis has had recent solo and group exhibitions at Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York, NY); Simon Lee (London, UK); Cooper Cole (Toronto, Canada); University of Georgia (Athens, GA); Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA); Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA); Sardine (Brooklyn, NY); Paramó (Guadalajara, Mexico); El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (Oaxaca, Mexico); Galleria d'Art Moderna (Milan, Italy); The Bruce High Quality Foundation (New York, NY); and Leo Koenig (New York, NY). Coulis’s work is included in the collections of the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX); Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA); Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS); Rollins College (Orlando, FL); and UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX). Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Flaunt Magazine, Hyperallergic, and FT Magazine. Coulis lives and works in Athens, GA.

Jackie Gendel (b. 1973, Houston, TX) received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) and an MFA from Yale University (New Haven, CT). Her work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at Thomas Erben Gallery (New York, NY); Pratt Manhattan Gallery (New York, NY); Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson, NY); Moti Hasson (New York, NY); Mixture Contemporary Art (Houston, TX); and Loyal Gallery (Malmö, Sweden). Gendel’s work is included in the collections of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT); and the Progressive Collection (Mayfield Village, OH). Her work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, and Art Papers. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her an Academy Award in 2007. She participated in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in 2010 and was an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in 2005. Gendel lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Pamela Jorden (b. 1969, Knoxville, TN) received a BFA from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) in 1992 and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA) in 1996. Jorden's work was recently featured in the solo-exhibition, “Window Prism Eyes," at Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). Jorden has had recent solo and group exhibitions at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York, NY); Romer Young Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Brennan & Griffin (New York, NY); Seterah Gallery (Düsseldorf, Germany); Pizzuti Collection (Columbus, OH); Mason Gross Art Gallery at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). In 2022, a major painting by Pamela Jorden’s was acquired by Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (University of Alabama at Birmingham,) Birmingham, AL. Jorden's work has been written about numerous publications such as Artforum, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Art in America. Jorden lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Yoora Lee (b. 1990, South Korea) received a BFA from Gachon University (Seongnam, South Korea) in 2015 and an MFA in from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) in 2020.  Her work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at Half Gallery (Los Angeles); Jude Gallery (Chicago, IL); Another Gallery LA (Los Angeles, CA); Andrea Festa Fine Art (Rome, Italy); Shin Haus (New York, NY); Surface Area (Miami, FL); and Galerie Mighela Shama (Geneva, Switzerland). Yoora Lee’s work has been the subjects of articles and interviews in Dans Les Yeux D’Elsa Art Mag, Booooooom, Hopper Prize Journal and Art Maze Magazine. Lee lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. 

There will be a reception for the artists Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 5-7 pm.

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