Opening reception: Saturday, October 26, 2–6pm
On view: October 26–November 30, 2019
sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden
The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) is pleased to present Beach Towel, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Evan Mazellan in RAA’s sTudio 6 Gallery.
Mazellan’s seven paintings on view, which vary in scale, remain consistently proportional to the dimensions of a common iPhone screen. Working from photographs taken with his personal mobile device, the subjects are rendered in oil stick rather than oil paint, and use common techniques and mark-making methods native to the disciplines of drawing and traditional printmaking. This acts as a means for problematizing the austerity of painting as a category in favor of a sketch’s more innate, free-flowing intimacy.
Beach towels and bouquets: the artist’s interest in these ubiquitous objects comes out of their unique tendency to showcase combinations of kitsch-ridden cliché and vernacular specificity absorbed from the local contexts in which they appear. Each painting provides a glimpse into a very personal space, though partially veiled.
Evan Mazellan (b. 1990 in Orange County, CA; raised in Marion, IN) lives and works in Rockaway Beach, NY. In 2013, he graduated with a degree in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University. This will be his first solo exhibition with RAA.