July 10 – August 7, 2010
Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Attached, an exhibition featuring recent works by the St. Louis-based painter RJ Messineo. For her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Messineo has created a group of paintings that refer to display shelves and to pure geometric abstraction.
The shelf paintings, empty of the knick-knacks that might be arranged on the shelves, reflect on the problem of composition, both within abstract painting and in terms of the psychological ordering of significant images, objects and events in one’s own life.
A singular shaped canvas is an homage to Ellsworth Kelly, who, in the early part of his career, concealed the real-world sources of his paintings, allowing his work to be read as Minimalist geometry. The strainer is made from the wooden scraps generated out of the shelf paintings. Messineo’s process of cutting, bonding and sanding are extensions of the mark making in gestural painting.
RJ Messineo earned an MFA from UCLA (2009) and a BFA from Cornell University (2002). She has had solo exhibitions at Imprenta, Los Angeles (2009); and her work has also been featured in group exhibitions including Never Very Far Apart, Redcat, Los Angeles (2010) and WET PAINT: 10 Young LA Painters, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2009).
Steve Turner Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery based in Los Angeles that represents the work of emerging and established contemporary artists. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11- 6. Please contact the gallery for further information.
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