Shifting, Glances
Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Hannah Lee, Yu Nishimura, Maria Sulymenko

Jun 24 - Jul 29, 2022

Opening: Friday, June 24, 12 - 6 PM

Shifting, Glances explores the macabre undercurrent to the banal and bureaucratic, the inexplicable sensation of knowing that someone at a distance is watching you, and the desire to retain anonymity and distance from another’s gaze. Featuring works by Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Hannah Lee, Yu Nishimura, and Maria Sulymenko, darker emotional undertones are made palpable within seemingly quotidien imagery and portraiture. Some works compel the viewer to adopt a voyeuristic role, while wary subjects in other works confront the viewer eye to eye. Like a wordless look shared by two people, Shifting, Glances elicits a desire to initiate something without clear implications.

Masked by fruits and foliage, Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s two portraits rendered in saturated charcoal – Flora Woman and Man With a Bowler Hat (Revisited), both 2022 – retain total anonymity, raising questions surrounding agency in a complex and continual postcolonial moment. Fuenmayor’s figures may at first appear as people-turned-commodities residual of a colonial past, yet upon further inspection their intentional obscurity feels rife with a powerfully radical potential hidden in plain sight.

The contents of Hannah Lee’s painting Swimming Pool, 2022 have an air of peaceful grandeur: a modernist home replete with a sprawling lawn and a massive aquamarine swimming pool dominate the frame, with lounging figures visible in the distance. However, the emotional resonance of Lee’s piece is far more nuanced than the sum of its motifs. Gloomy weather is rolling in across the horizon, the palette is deliberately muddied, and a soft pink towel that would typically beckon participation reads as alienating if not entirely ominous.

Yu Nishmura’s intimate portraiture dances between a multitude of emotions, his subjects looking back at the viewer pleadingly, with suspicion, and with feigned boredom. With a shaky, blurred line Nishimura’s characters are presented in motion and outside of the bounds of linear time. Through direct, unwavering eye contact these pieces address a viewer head on, stimulating an internal reckoning.

Maria Sulymenko’s hauntingly spare watercolor scenes are set in nonspecific locations that resemble construction sites, empty streets, suburban backyards, and the backstage of a theater production. Solitary figures stalk these abandoned areas, perhaps absorbed in a moment of existential crisis or becoming aware that they have been caught performing an unusual act. One standalone piece features three rigid figures – two are carrying the third who appears unable to walk on their own. Whether this scene is nefarious or altruistic remains uncertain, and this precise ambiguity lingers like a fog throughout Sulymenko’s depictions.

Gonzalo Fuenmayor (b. 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia) lives and works in Miami, Florida. Upcoming solo exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2023, forthcoming). Selected solo exhibitions include: Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain (2022, 2019); The Baker Museum, Naples, FL (2021); Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami, FL (2020, 2017, 2009); Galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia (2020, 2018, 2016); Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2019, 2016, 2013); Windgate Center of Art + Design, UA Little Rock, AK (2019); and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2015). Selected group exhibitions include: Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC (2021); The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL (2021); Coral Gables Museum, Miami, FL (2020); 45 Salon Nacional de Artistas, Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia (2019); Oolites Gallery, Miami Beach, FL (2019); Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain (2018); EVA International Biennial of Visual Art, Limerick, Ireland (2018); Frost Museum of Art, Miami, FL (2018); Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2018); Diane Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, FL (2018); Galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia (2018, 2015); ArtNexus Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia (2017); Armory Art Center, Palm Beach, FL (2017); Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, France (2017); Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2017); Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami, FL (2017); LMAK Gallery, New York, NY (2016); Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (2016); Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (2016); The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC (2016); Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2015); Galeria La Escuela, Barranquilla, Colombia (2015); Proa Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015); and MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2015). Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s work is part of the following public collections: Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC; Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park; Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Minuto de Dios, Bogotá, Colombia.

Hannah Lee (b. 1989 in Madison, Wisconsin) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Entrance, New York, NY (2023, forthcoming). Selected solo exhibitions include: Entrance, New York, NY (2021). Selected group exhibitions include:  Entrance, New York, NY (2022); Blanc Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines (2018, 2017, 2015); Yui Gallery, New York, NY (2018); ISB Gallery, Providence, RI (2018); DGT Gallery House, Brooklyn, NY (2018); 100 Rochester, Brooklyn, NY (2017); GBI Zine, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Brooklyn, NY (2016); and Space Space Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2015). Hannah Lee received her BFA in 2012 at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.

Yu Nishimura (b. 1982 in Kanagawa, Japan) lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan. Selected solo and two-persons exhibitions include: Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2021); KING’S LEAP, New York (2021); KAYOKOYUKI, Tokyo, Japan (2020, 2017,2016); Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris, France (2020); Kanazawa 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa, Japan (2018); and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2015). Selected group exhibitions include: Braunsfelder, Cologne, Germany (2022); Laurel Gitlen, New York (2022); Galerie Crèvecœur, La Porta, Corsica (2021); KAYOKOYUKI, Tokyo (2021, 2017, 2016); Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2021); Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris, France (2021, 2020); Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan (2021); SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong, China (2021); CADAN Yurakucho, Tokyo, Japan (2020); Ikaruga-an, Seikeitei, the Nezu Museum, Tokyo, Japn (2019); The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Komagome SOKO, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) Hongo, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Kanagawa, Japan (2018); GALLERY VACANCY, China (2018); The Hiratsuka museum of art, Kanagawa, Japan (2018); Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo, Japan (2018); Susaki Machikado Gallery, Kochi, Japan (2018, 2016); The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan (2017); SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY, Chicago (2017); Komagome SOKO, Tokyo, Japan (2017); Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan (2016); and Akibatamabi 21, Tokyo, Japan (2016). Yu Nishimura’s work is part of the following public collections: Societa delle Api, X Museum, M Woods Museum, Kanazawa 21st Century Museum, Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum.

Maria Sulymenko (b. 1981 in Kyiv, Ukraine) lives and works in Fridingen an der Donau and Berlin, Germany. Selected solo exhibitions include: Voloshyn Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine (2017); Galerie de Art, Ribeira Brava, Portugal (2015); and Art Center, Funchal, Portugal (2015). Selected group exhibitions include: SCOPE Basel 2017, Clara-Huus, Basel, Switzerland (2017); Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt , Halle, Berlin, Germany (2017); SCOPE Miami Beach 2016, Miami, FL (2016); and Museo Internazionale della Musica di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (2014). Maria Sulymenko received her MFA at Graduate School of Fine Arts, Offenbach, Germany.

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