Tif Sigfrids is thrilled to present an exhibition of new work by artists Jackie Gendel and Adrianne Rubenstein. This will be
Gendel’s first exhibition with the gallery, and Rubenstein’s second. The exhibitionis planned in conjunction with SOCO, a
contemporary art gallery based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Works by Gendel and Rubenstein will be on view in both locations
in an inaugural partnership of the two galleries. The exhibition includes works on canvas and on paper.
Gendel’s work features powerful figures that quote the history of art, notably the work of the Futurists. Highlighting the movement of her often female subjects through abstracted forms, Gendel pushes the viewer to contemplate the relationships between them. In one work
featuring a large crowd of overlapping women, muted colors connect the figures, while specific details call attention to their unique characteristics. Seen frequently in composite and profile views, Gendel’s figures draw from ancient Egyptian and Roman art.
Gendel’s heroines exist in a Utopian or dreamlike space. They appear caught in a moment in time that may or may not actually exist. Gendel’s work challenges viewers to come to terms with understanding a scene that may at first feel foreign, then familiar. In a similar manner, Rubenstein’s work also evokes art historical references with its likening to Expressionism. Rubenstein distorts the familiar, painting scenes that challenge one’s understanding of the everyday. Through an intuitive process, Rubenstein repeatedly arrives at imagery that can make a head of Broccoli seem archetypal in its nature. In a recent Artforum review, Barry Schwabsky noted that "the faint resemblance her forms have to their original sources of inspiration may in itself be best testimony to the inner image's staying power, free association means more then resemblance." The paintings, when coupled with their titles, consistently reveal a dry wit that may subvert their almost childish emotional ebullience. Like any good joke, however, there is always a kernel of sincerity buried deep within the layers of every painting.