This Friday 4707 presents the opening of a Two-Person Exhibition, “Transparent Trophies,” the paintings of partners, Jess Wheaton and Jonathan Tracy.
The words spoken about many things can mean nothing when compared to the things themselves. And awarding a trophy is much like saying some words. Martin Heidegger noted that many objects are rendered useless once their origin and metaphor are known- and therefore are most useful when left mysterious. Making instructive art works is analogous to producing a clunky trophy. Wheaton and Tracy’s recent paintings enter their subject matter unobtrusively, and are the outcome of that which they want to be able to understand. The works in Transparent Trophies are the product of long hours of thought about matters such as space travel, culturally-ingrained moral lessons, other art forms, and war. The process of building through painting gradually rendered these subjects more and more transparent to their makers, routing light into inaccessible places, but never quite coalescing into a resolved, metaphorically precise solid.
Please join us for the opening, which will also feature:
A WINDOW INSTALLATION BY VIDEO/INSTALLATION ARTIST, CURTIS TAMM
*$1 COFFEE SERVED OUT FRONT BY BICYCLE COFFEE, FINE LOCAL ROASTERS OF ORGANIC, FAIR TRADE BEANS
*WINE AND SNACKS
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Jess Wheaton will begin work on her MFA at Hunter College in New York City in January 2011. She grew up in California, spent three years living and working in Canada, and recently received her BFA from the California College of the Arts.
Jonathan Tracy received his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009. He has previously exhibited at Deluge Gallery in Victoria, British Columbia and at Ego Park in Oakland, California.