Aaron Morse: Men and The Sea #2 (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
90h x 24w in (228.6h x 60.96w cm)

Russel Crotty: Watch The Dolphins Play (2007)
Ink And Watercolor On Paper On Fiberglass Sphere
24h x 24w x 24d in (60.96h x 60.96w x 60.96d cm)

Firelei Baez: Demetrea, from the Geographic Delay Series (2010-11)
Gouache And Ink On Paper
84h x 36w in (213.36h x 91.44w cm)

Sarah Cain: The Astral World (2011)
Gold Leaf, Acrylic, Gouache On Music Sheet
23h x 18w in (58.42h x 45.72w cm)

Mark Fox: Untitled (2009-2012)
Watercolor, Ink, Acrylic, Marker, Gouache, Graphite, Pencil, Color Pencil, Ballpoint Pen, Crayon On Paper, Cardboard, Archival Glue And Aluminum Light Stand
72h x 22w x 12d in (182.88h x 55.88w x 30.48d cm)

Sam Messenger: Veil from Tigris (2012)
Pen and Ink, Ink Wash, Starch Paste, Salt Water On Paper
65h x 59w in (165.1h x 149.86w cm)

Ben Blatt: Untitled (Blue Diamond) (2012)
Watercolor, Gouache, Ink On Paper
22.25h x 22.75w in (56.52h x 57.79w cm)

Ellen Lesperance: "You Can Forbid Almost Everything," She Wailed at an Occupied Greenham Commons. " But You Can't Forbid Me to Think. And You Can't Forbid the Sun to Shine. Any You Can't Shut My Mouth When I Sing" (2010)
Guouache, Graphite On Tea-stained Paper
23h x 29w in (58.42h x 73.66w cm)

Laurie Reid: Untitled (2010)
Watercolor On Paper
40h x 40w in (101.6h x 101.6w cm)

Aubrey Learner: Kandiland 1 (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
40h x 35w in (101.6h x 88.9w cm)

Orly Genger: Untitled (2012)
Watercolor And Collage On Paper
12.5h x 8w in (31.75h x 20.32w cm)

Orly Genger: Untitled (2012)
Watercolor And Collage On Paper
12h x 8.5w in (30.48h x 21.59w cm)

David Rathman: Threshold (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
33.75h x 47w in (85.73h x 119.38w cm)

Kelly Inouye: On Patrol (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
22h x 30w in (55.88h x 76.2w cm)

William Powhida: An Incomplete And Biased Guide To Some Critics (2011)
Graphite, Colored Pencil, And Watercolor On Paper
18.75h x 14.75w in (47.63h x 37.47w cm)

Kysa Johnson: blow up 149 - the molecular structure of environmental pollutants ethane, methane, propane, benzene, hexane and acrolein after Church's Icebergs and Wreck in Sunset (2011)
Watercolor, Graphite On Panel
12h x 17w in (30.48h x 43.18w cm)

Errol Barron: Abandoned Rig (New Orleans) (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
20h x 16w in (50.8h x 40.64w cm)

Cliff Hengst: Volcano Joe (2010)
Watercolor On Paper
11h x 14w in (27.94h x 35.56w cm)

Amy Park: John Lautner’s “Chemosphere” House, Los Angeles, CA 1965 (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
30h x 22w in (76.2h x 55.88w cm)

James Sterling Pitt: Untitled (August 9-11) (2011)
Watercolor And Graphite On Paper
13.25h x 10w in (33.66h x 25.4w cm)

James Sterling Pitt: Untitled (New Mexico) (2012)
Watercolor And Graphite On Paper
13.25h x 10w in (33.66h x 25.4w cm)

Emilie Clark: Untitled (EHR 13) from Sweet Corruptions (2012)
Watercolor And Graphite On Paper
42h x 29w in (106.68h x 73.66w cm)

Carey Maxon: Hitchhikers (2011)
Watercolor And Mixed Media On Paper
30h x 42w in (76.2h x 106.68w cm)

Nicole Phungrasamee Fein
1031212 NF – 157 (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
15h x 15w in (38.1h x 38.1w cm)

Nick Terry: Untitled (2012)
Watercolor On Cold-press Paper
30h x 19.5w in (76.2h x 49.53w cm)

Maki Tamura: Crystal Birds (2010)
Watercolor And Glitter On Paper
12h x 12w x 3d in (30.48h x 30.48w x 7.62d cm)

Julia von Eichel: Austria 2 (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
14h x 10w in (35.56h x 25.4w cm)

Laura Ball: Pet (2011)
Watercolor, And Graphite On Paper
20h x 16w in (50.8h x 40.64w cm)

Nina Bovasso: High Heels Geo Dome (2011)
Acrylic, Gouache, Ink, Watercolor On Paper
19h x 25w in (48.26h x 63.5w cm)

Mark Chamberlain: Sometimes I Wonder (2012)
Watercolor On Paper
12.75h x 13.75w in (32.39h x 34.92w cm)

Kim McCarty: Untitled (Leaves) (2010)
Watercolor On Paper
18.5h x 15w in (46.99h x 38.1w cm)

Contemporary Watercolor | July 12 - August 17

Contemporary Watercolor | July 12 - August 17

Contemporary Watercolor | July 12 - August 17

Contemporary Watercolor | July 12 - August 17

Contemporary Watercolor | July 12 - August 17

Contemporary Watercolor | July 12 - August 17


Curated by Veronica Roberts

July 12 – August 17, 2012

Works by: Firelei Báez, Laura Ball, Errol Barron, Ben Blatt, Nina Bovasso, Sarah Cain, Mark Chamberlain, Emilie Clark, Russell Crotty, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Mark Fox, Orly Genger, Cliff Hengst, Kelly Inouye, Kysa Johnson, Aubrey Learner, Ellen Lesperance, Carey Maxon, Kim McCarty, Sam Messenger, Aaron Morse, Amy Park, James Sterling Pitt, William Powhida, David Rathman, Laurie Reid, Maki Tamura, Nick Terry, and Julia von Eichel.

Watercolor has been saddled with a bad rap. It hasn’t even earned the status of being uncool enough to be cool. With its history as a preferred medium of amateur painters, watercolor is all too easily overlooked or disparaged for its frequent association with trivial subjects and saccharine clichés. This exhibition features a group of diverse artists from around the country and abroad who engage the medium in varied, sometimes political ways that move beyond—and often take pleasure in subverting—watercolor’s traditional ties to subjects like flowers and ‘plein air’ landscapes.

Brooklyn artist Firelei Báez, for example, focuses on representations of race and gender in her work, looking at the politics surrounding the female body, hair, and clothing among women of the African Diaspora, in particular. Her life-size portrait, Demetrea (2010-11) depicts a woman of Jamaican and Haitian descent in an elaborate headdress made of vulture feathers, striking a self-assured, regal pose. Part of a larger series called Geographic Delay, the series celebrates the women of diverse ages, body types, and heritages who process in Brooklyn’s annual West Indian Parade to celebrate Carnival.

Works in the show encompass a broad range of other interests and approaches to watercolor. Kelly Inouye depicts iconic characters from the television sitcoms she grew up with during the 1970s and 1980s. In On Patrol (2012), she loosely conjures Ponch and Jon from CHiPs, harnessing the nostalgic potential of the medium, while underscoring how few details are necessary to create a recognizable portrait of a famous person. Russell Crotty and Mark Fox transform watercolor into a sculptural medium. Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Sam Messenger, Laurie Reid, and Nick Terry present rigorous abstractions steeped in the history of minimalism. Together with works by other artists in the show, Contemporary Watercolor demonstrates the fresh and wide-ranging ways artists are animating this overlooked medium in the 21st century.

Contemporary Watercolor is curated by Veronica Roberts, a New York-based curator. Her recent exhibitions include Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt at the Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York (2011) and Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010).

Special thanks to the following galleries who generously lent work to this exhibition: ACME./Los Angeles, Ambach and Rice/Los Angeles, Anthony Meier Fine Arts/San Francisco, CRG/New York, Davidson Contemporary/New York, Eli Ridgway Gallery/San Francisco, Gallery Joe/Philadelphia, Halsey McKay Gallery/East Hampton, James Harris Gallery/Seattle, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts/New York, Larissa Goldston Gallery/New York, Mulherin + Pollard/New York, Postmasters Gallery/New York, and Stephen Wirtz Gallery/San Francisco.