Hunter Potter · Jackson Casady · Kayla Mattes
Pictures From the Other Side
April 15 – May 22, 2021
There is art pointing to the future, guiding humanity onwards. And there is art dissecting our cultural context, giving us insight and perspective into the mess we are in. In between there’s loads of other art stuff that keep us busy while standing still.
Our exhibition: “Pictures from the Other Side” most definitely falls into the “dissection of our cultural context” category. Kayla Mattes, Hunter Potter and Jackson Casady are 3 young(er) American artists that have quit the Abstract Expressive and ventured deep into (European) Art History in order to introduce/confront us all with some current (everyday) events and behavioral patterns anno 2020-21. The visual and technical reference are, to name a few of the most important ones: Bruegel (The older one), Goya (The One), Pop, Vintage Posters and Tapestry (The – medieval – storytelling kind – we are aware that this tradition is also native to many other periods of time and cultures) and the subject matter is us. Naturally they mix it up, sometimes subtle and always clever, with a touch of American Cartoonism.
Bonus info. So many non European artists are currently exploring the realm of European Art History. It makes sense to leave it to some “foreigners” to show us who we actually are right now in a visual language we once invented.
About the artist:
Hunter Potter (b. 1990, Syracuse, NY) studied studio art at the University of Vermont where he graduated in 2013. He moved to New York City in 2015 and spent time painting signs, studio assisting, and art handling while finding his way to becoming a full-time artist. Now focused solely on his own practice, Potter maintains a studio in Brooklyn, New York. Potter has had residencies in London, UK and Vermont, US, while exhibiting solo in New York, London and in Los Angeles with Richard Heller Gallery.
About the artist:
Jackson Casady‘s (b.1995, Pasadena, CA) work ricochets between ordinary and extraordinary, reality and fantasy within its own satirical spirit and sunny folk sensibility. The pictures often employ magical thinking, Hollywood film influences, and embellished allegories adorned with hidden references, uncanny moments, and imperfectly eccentric figures to enhance each narrative plot.
Casady lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Studio Art and Business in 2017. In 2020, he had his solo show debut at Richard Heller Gallery. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at EXPO Chicago; Untitled Art Fair; LM Gallery, Latina, Italy; 0-0 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Impact Art Gallery at White Space Chelsea, New York, NY.
About the artist:
Kayla Mattes (b.1989, Lancaster, CA) is a visual artist, living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She archives the ephemeral vernacular of digital culture through the interconnected threads of tapestry. Recent exhibitions include Richard Heller Gallery (Los Angeles), San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and Museum Rijswijk (Netherlands). Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, i-D, It’s Nice That, and Sculpture Magazine, and is included in the book, Weavers: Contemporary Makers on the Loom, written by Katie Tregidden and published by Ludion. She received a BFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019.