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You’ll Never Be Younger Than You Are Today: Frank Abruzzese, Jonathon Apgar, Lyndon Barrois Jr, Matt Bollinger, Kathy Liao and Vera Iliatova
December 16, 2016 - January 21, 2017
PLUG Projects presents, You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Today, an exhibition featuring the work of Frank Abruzzese, Jonathan Apgar, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Matt Bollinger,Vera Iliatova, and Kathy Liao which explores the emotional landscapes and fantastic possibilities of the everyday through sculpture, painting, and photography. Each of these artists are deeply entrenched in contextualizing the space of the narrative. A realm of fantasy is opened with these works which contrasts fractured rural landscapes with desolate vast spaces and creates an air of uneasiness amplied by the color relationships that exist within each piece.
Jonathan Apgar combines Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism, and Op Art in oil paintings that open up an enticing dream space.The internal glow emanating through his painted surface is otherworldly, operating as an invitation to peer into the looking glass.The luminous surfaces of Kathy Liao’s work has a similar visual conversation but resonates warmth; like that of the sun or the hum of fluorescent lighting. She references early Impressionism with hazy brushstrokes and saturation while creating a history of surface in her gural landscapes. Set with within a known reality, Liao’s work contrasts the magical worlds created within Vera Ilitova’s paintings. Iliatova’s fracturing scenes are deeply reminiscent of post impressionism set within an adolescent dream space of distant memory.
The snapshots of daily life depicted in the work Matt Bolinger are meticulous and complex. Like Ilitova’s spaces of reverie Bollinger’s works reference memory, while his subject matter presents an otherworldy look at the mundane.The everyday is also elevated in the work of Frank Abruzzese. His photographic work creates a sense of wonder in the barren landscape reminiscent of post-apocalyptic science ction. The future in Abruzzese’s forecast is cold and devoid of humanity while the work of Lyndon Barrois Jr. presents a more idealistic view.. He utilizes the CMYK system of synergistic printing to offer commentary on image construction and how it relates to race relations. His cardboard, wood, and paper assemblages offer a sense of hope and uncertainty as they stand precariously tall and thin. Collectively the works provide an alternative way of looking at presence, people, and place, while individually each piece presents a discreet opportunity for world building where possibilities are in nite.
About the artists:
Frank Abruzzese b. Philadelphia, PA obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2000, and Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, appeared in numerous publications and is part of the permanent collection of the Office of Public Works, Ireland. In 2007, along with his wife Rosie O’Gorman, he founded Cow House Studios, a progressive artist studio set in rural Wexford, Ireland, where he is both Co-Director and Photography Instructor. frankabruzzese.com
Jonathan Apgar was born in San Diego, California in 1977 and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He received an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of California Los Angeles in 2013. He received a BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2009. His first solo show was at ACME in 2013. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the Los Angeles area. jonathanapgar.com
Lyndon Barrois Jr. (b. 1983, New Orleans, LA) lives and works in St. Louis. Recent solo exhibitions include Avez Vous un Crayon?, UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Spring eld, IL (2016), Of Color, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2016), For the Benefit of Man, Garwood Gallery, Western Illinois University, Macomb (2015), and Float, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis (2014). Group exhibitions include You are Looking Good,A Real Good Looker, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago (2016), and A Donkey is a Lion. Insecticide,A Message from God, Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, New York (2015). He has also been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from the Gateway Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, and Kittredge Fund. Barrois Jr. received his MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been a teaching artist at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, and has served as a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, and Webster University. He is currently the Museum Educator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. lbarroisjr.com
Matt Bollinger (b. 1981, Kansas City, MO) received his BFA in Painting and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute, and received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has shown in solo exhibits at Rodger La Pelle Galleries (Philadelphia, PA), Hudson D.Walker Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Galerie Zürcher (Paris, France), and Zürcher Gallery (New York, NY). His work has been included in group exhibits at the Musée d’Art Moderne (Saint-Étienne, France), Fahrenheit Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Sol Kof er Gallery (Providence, RI), Michael Rosenthal (San Francisco, CA), Spaceshifter (Brooklyn, NY), and Land of Tomorrow Gallery (Louisville, KY). His work has been reviewed byThe NewYorker,Art inAmerica,The Huf ngton Post,and Le Monde,among others,and his work is in the permanent collections of the Nerman Museum (Kansas) as well as the Musee des Beaux Arts, Dole (France). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. mattbollinger.com
Vera Iliatova moved to the US in 1991 from St. Petersburg, Russia. She earned an MFA in painting/printmaking from Yale University and a BA from Brandeis University. She has also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and attended Skowhegan School of Art in Maine. Iliatova was awarded a studio residency at Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in 2009. Iliatova’s paintings were included in exhibitions across the United States as well as in Denmark,Italy and Germany. Her work was reviewed inArt Forum,Art inAmerica,Art News,The NewYork Times and other publications. She is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York and Monya Rowe Gallery, Florida. vera-iliatova.com
Kathy Liao currently resides in Kansas City, MO, and teaches at Missouri Western State University as the Director of the Painting and Printmaking Studio Art Program. Drawing inspirations from her diverse cultural background and personal history, Kathy Liao mixed media work is about the intimate yet universal concept of relationships. Liao received her MFA in Painting from Boston University and BFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Washington, Seattle. Liao is a recipient of various awards including the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Grant, Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant,Artist Grants from Anderson Ranch Arts Center,Vermont Studio Center, and Jentel Artist Residency. In the past, Liao taught at Boston University, University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gage Academy of Art. Her work was shown in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City, and many other cities nationally and internationally. kathyliao.com