Two photography exhibitions OPENING this fall
JENEE MATEER | HOT HOUSE HYBRIDS & BREAK BOUNDARY: Places Real & Imagined
HOT HOUSE HYBRIDS
October 18 – November 30, 2018
OPENING | Thursday, october 18 | 7–10pm
ARTIST TALK | SATURDAY NOV. 10 | 2–4PM
HANCOCK SOLAR GALLERY @ NELSON KOHL
20 E. Lanvale Street
Baltimore, MD, 21202
GALLERY HOURS: WeD – Fri 2-7PM | Sat 1-4PM
For Immediate Release:
Hancock Solar Gallery is pleased to present Baltimore-based photographer and artist JENEE MATEER in an exhibition of new work titled, HOT HOUSE HYBRIDS. Join us for an Opening Reception to celebrate this new body of work on Thursday, October 18, 7–10pm at the gallery located on the ground floor of the Nelson Kohl Building at 20 E. Lanvale St between Charles & St. Paul St. HOT HOUSE HYBRIDS runs through November 30, 2018. Our fall gallery hours are Wednesday thru Friday 2–7pm, Saturday 1–4pm and by appointment.
Hot House Hybrids is a continuation of the flower series I made for the Earth is Intimate in 2017. I call those images “Big Girls and Painted Ladies” emphasizing the flowers’ metaphorical connection to the female and the feminine. The use of watercolor in combination with the photographs allows for a double meaning. The flowers are meant to represent females and suggest the feminine but they are also literally painted and dominate the frame. These are flowers in all their beautiful glory. They verge on cliché. They attract and repel. I hoped the images might lead the viewer not only to question our notion of beauty (natural and unnatural), and photography (straight and manipulated) but also the terms “big girl” and “painted lady”. These latter are less than empowering descriptions for the female – the first, a euphemistic term used to describe an overweight woman or a tall woman or perhaps a naïve young woman and the second, a term used to describe a woman whose sexuality is for sale. These are terms used by culture to denigrate the female and limit her physicality and sexuality. Beauty too is a questionable premise, in art, in nature, and as it applies to the female and humans in general. What does it mean to be a beautiful female? What makes an image beautiful?
For me, beauty has to do with character. In this series, I wondered what might happen if I allowed my girls to get older, wiser, louder, more daring. What would happen if I allowed myself to more thoroughly embrace painting and turn it too, metaphorically, into an empowerment. Where is the boundary between the beautiful and the horrific, the ripe and the rotten, between naivete and wisdom? In these I recognize that I am Eve and I am getting older. Like Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein, I have dissected and reassembled these hot house hybrids from the genetic shards of abstract painting and straight photography and its digital progeny. Are they monstrous desecrations of the photograph and bastardizations of painting or are they a new genetic strain, stronger, faster, smarter?
These images are connected to the work in my new book – Break Boundary: Places Real and Imagined – by the color I capture from the real world and the color I create in my studio. It is perhaps not immediately clear, however, that the connection between these two bodies of work also hinges on the idea of the Break Boundary, the place of transformation where one thing turns into something else. I am interested in that moment where to borrow from Lawrence Weschler’s book on Robert Irwin, we forget, for a moment, the name of what we see.
Jenee Mateer is a photographer and video artist who was born in 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in English/Modern Studies from the University of Virginia in 1987 and her M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996. In 2007, she joined the faculty of Towson University, where she is currently Associate Professor of Photo Imaging and Chair of the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the ArtHamptons Art Fair, Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, Masur Museum of Art, Newport Museum, Rhode Island Foundation, San Francisco Art Market, Scope International Art Fair in Miami, and Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston. She is the author of The Animals (2012), her essays and photographs have appeared in the 1st International Photography Annual (2012), The Photo Review, Masters of Photography, and Philosophy of Photography, and her photographs are in numerous private collections, including China Trust Bank.
ABOUT THE VENUES & THE CURATOR
In April of 2018 Ms. Block was asked to curate a new space in one of the newest contemporary buildings in Station North. A month later the Hancock Solar Gallery came to be. It is located on the ground floor of the Nelson Kohl Building at 20 E. Lanvale Street St, between Charles & St. Paul Street. The Hancock Solar Gallery was founded and named after Paul Hancock & Patricia Solar, investors in Nelson Kohl. They believe that art is an integral part of life and it changes the perspective of those who engage with it. Jordan’s aim, as the curator, is to promote the thought-provoking work of Baltimore’s artists in the heart of the city’s oldest arts & entertainment district. It is independently curated & directed by Ms. Block. The gallery is open Wednesday thru Friday from 2 – 7pm and Saturday from 1–4pm, and even later on some evenings.
Thrive Atelier is a southern light–filled art exhibition space, yoga studio, and wellness hub located on the fifth floor of the Cork Factory, a former industrial building in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Founder Jordan Faye Block has created a haven for art, conversation, music and yoga. The studio is also home to Thrive Music events, art openings, and readings. The studio has viewing hours on Wednesdays and Fridays (10–2pm) & Sundays (1–4pm) the studio is open to the public to come by and view the current exhibition.
As an artist, designer, and curator – Jordan Faye Block earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Mount Royal School of Art) and brings 19 years of experience in running art galleries & curating exhibitions to these new endeavours. Ms. Block received her BFA in Printmaking from Plymouth State University where she co-founded the PIP Gallery. Ms. Block has continued to make work throughout her 15 years in Baltimore. Her newest body of work was in a two person exhibition with Alex Kondner at Grey Matter Art Space this past June. Her large-scale paintings, drawings, and monotype installations have been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Chicago. She founded Jordan Faye Contemporary in 2006, curated 180 exhibitions, and brought her artists work to Miami, the Hamptons, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ms. Block continues working with artists developing their careers, as well as assisting collectors in building their collections and providing installation and curatorial services for them. She lives & works in the Station North Arts District with her beau, Ned Sparrow, & her sweet cat, Scheherazade.
BREAK BOUNDARY | Places Real & Imagined
October 27 – November 30, 2018
OPENING | Saturday, october 27 | 7–10pm
Reading | SUNDAY NOV. 11 @ 2PM
Thrive Atelier at The Cork Factory.
302 E. Federal Street 5 Floor | Call box #10
Baltimore, MD, 21202