This two-part exhibit Materials Matter 1, a solo show of the works of Lavaughan Jenkins, and Materials Matter 2, Lavaughan Jenkins and Friends - explores the physicality of paint as an imperative, a rationale for the process and its conclusion. The two exhibits notate the continual elasticity of painting as it has been evolving over centuries, and as an inverse mirror of the ever-accelerating changes in our culture in the Digital Age, and how that is changing the nature and perception of painting. It opens up the conversation among practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of the medium.
Lavaughan Jenkins’ paintings push these boundaries by using oil paint to make three dimensional work or “3D Paintings”. The work alludes to the recent history of painting, reflecting artists for whom the material is essential, from Joan Mitchell to Wayne Thiebaud to Mark Bradford. The pieces are a hybrid, a way of experiencing the paint in space. They are an exuberant declaration of love for the material itself, of the idea that materials matter.
Image credit: Lavaughan Jenkins, Untitled, Oil paint, 11”x4”x 5”, 2018.