FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8 OCTOBER – 12 NOVEMBER 2011
Reception Saturday 8 October 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Marc Foxx is pleased to present Diary, a new exhibition in our west gallery by London-based, Dutch painter Maaike Schoorel.
Schoorel’s subtle paintings ask the viewer to spend time in front of them, to read them and discover their subject matters, which reveal themselves only over time. The artist paints from photographic reference and her subject’s range from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes and still-lifes, all of which are personal and intimate.
The reduced amount of activity on the surface of the canvas and on the composition of the painting allows for the brushstrokes to take on an important, highly structured and heightened sense of experience. By building the structure of the composition through the use of color and application, Schoorel allows for the experience of the image to advance in a phenomenological way.
Three black-on-black and one white-on-white, oil on canvas works are on view, all indicating specific scenes or moments. While her paintings go through a reductive process on a careful palate, her brushstrokes are nuanced and intentional. Schoorel gives the viewer a slow-sense of how perception can be skewed, evoking and conjuring up memory through minute and careful expression.
Maaike Schoorel’s recent exhibitions include Painting Between the Lines at the CCA Wattis in San Francisco; The British Art Show 7, touring The Nottingham Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, London, Glasgow, and Plymouth; British Art Now at the Art Gallery of South Australia; and the Dutch Embassy in London. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum de Hallen in Haarlem, Galerie Diana Stigter in Amsterdam, and Maureen Paley in London. Previous group exhibitions include visible invisible; against the security of the real, parasol unit, London; Eyes Wide Open- New to the Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Nonknowledge , Projects Art Centre, Dublin; Athens Biennial, Athens; Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, curated by Jens Hoffman, Thomas Dane Gallery, London; Just in time, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Le Nouveau Siecle, curated by Xander Karskens, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; Vincent van Gogh and Expressionism, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Schoorel has recently been included in the recently released “Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting” and is slated for solo exhibitions at Maureen Paly, London and the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem in 2012.