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Materials Matter 2 - Lavaughan and Friends at Suffolk University Gallery

  • Suffolk University Gallery, Sawyer Building, 6th floor 8 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 (map)

The second of this two-part exhibit, Materials Matter 2 is a group exhibit of the work by Lavaughan Jenkins and four other Boston area artists. It explores the physicality of paint as an imperative, a rationale for the process and its conclusion. These two exhibits notate the continual elasticity of painting as it has been evolving over centuries, 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. The works shown are compelling both individually and collectively, as each artist has a different relationship with that conversation and with the material itself. 

Lavaughan Jenkins’ paintings push the boundaries of the medium by using oil paint to make three dimensional work or “3D Paintings”. Julie S Graham is compelled by the overlooked, the uncertain and the unpredictable. She constructs improbable combinations of paint and materials with which colors and textures randomly collide to form surprising and odd relationships. KT Lane (BFA Fine Arts ’16) works in a reactively rigorous subtractive and additive process. Building up and then sanding, sawing, cutting and beating down dense indulgent applications of paint, medium and other industrial materials, the process is often evident in the final work. Josh Jefferson is one of a new generation of painters who are actively engaging the figure as their primary subject matter. Drawing from a range of sources, including comics and art history, Jefferson strives to imbue his work with the directness of its facture. The content of his paintings is inextricably linked to the simplicity of their making. Destiny Palmer says that her work becomes the solution to the questions and thoughts evoked by her surroundings. Within the work, she relates color, pattern, and texture, to sound. What does a sound look like, or what would a color sound like? These are steps in creating a composition that is based on a visual language.

Image: Julie S Graham, On Balance, Mixed media, 2017