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 exhibition is 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 collaboration between the two galleries. The exhibition will open on November 11th at SOCO Gallery and November 14th at Tif Sigfrids Gallery. This will mark the galleries first exhibition in our new location in Comer, Georgia. The gallery will be open on Saturdays from 8AM-3PM and by appointment.
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In a similar manner, Rubenstein’s work also evokes art historical references with its likening to Expressionism.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.
In lieu of an opening, the gallery will be open from 8AM - 12PM on Saturday, November 14th. Visitors will be limited to three at a time and are required to wear a mask upon entry.