Featured Collections by PJ Linden and Hunter Stabler
Posted on September 10 2018
Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present Featured Collections by PJ Linden and Hunter Stabler, an exhibition of new works. The exhibition, marking Linden's second and Stabler's first with the gallery, will open on September 28th, and remain on view through October 20, 2018. An exhibition of sculptural works by the multimedia artist Hilary White, Seeing Impossible Color, will also run concurrently.
In her practice, Linden uniquely refines the use of non-traditional mediums, such as the kitschy, dimensional fabric paint, oft-referred to as puff paint, seeking to transfigure the biological into the supernatural, as filtered through the prism of a consumerist culture predicated upon the synthetic and the mass-produced. Based upon patterns and textures found in nature, primarily aquatic life, the natural rough, granulated surfaces of shark and stingray skins, urchin spines and fish scales, as well as the markings and colorations serving to repel predators, Linden creates second skins or aposematic pelts, employing them as unconventional canvases.
Inspired by a classification of crustacea, which reproduces asexually or produces eggs without the need for fertilization by a male, Linden aims to magnify present and future mutations. Ranging from small-scale canvases to large-format mixed media sculpture, her cotton candy-colored palette––pearly, pink barbs of stippled acrylics––subverts the tools of men into feminist weapons. Cross-pollinating Neo-pointillism with 'her own futurist cabinet of curiosities', Linden emasculates objects historically gendered as male, challenging the traditional expectations and cultural impositions of the binary. About the series Linden comments, “The past year I have dedicated myself to a cotton candy pallet, focusing on the infantile allure and brutality of pale pink and baby blue; the expectations of the binary and the cultural impositions of humans in relationship to non binary subphylum." Accordingly, Linden's collection is presented with the title "Pink and Blue."
Derived from religious and mythological symbols, Stabler's newest collection features delicate, expertly hand-cut paper compositions exploring the formal interplay between the illusory notion of space and the actual physical shadows upon the two-dimensionality of the paper itself––the foregrounding flatness contrasted with, at times, modulated depth. Based upon multicultural religious and cymatic patterns, Stabler's obsessively intricate, labor-intensive works, with their perspectival patterning, effectively create the illusion of form.
His multi-layered, graphite and ink cutout prints on paper aim to represent what is generally considered incomprehensible--the mystical creatures and microcosmic vibratory events, the subtle invisible phenomena and theoretical shapes of the universe. Conversant with the ancient, canonical, modern and contemporary ideas of spatiality, Stabler's complex compositions of the mythical and preternatural, the magical and otherworldly, inspire a sense of spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination.
September 28 – October 20, 2018
ABOUT PARADIGM GALLERY
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.
ABOUT PJ LINDEN
Born 1985 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. PJ Linden is a New York City and Pennsylvania based fine artist known for her abstract, three dimensional work. She paints with machine-like precision, creating microscopic patterns on found objects, fashion, and technology.
Linden got her start working with Patricia Field, creating custom, one-of-a-kind art and fashion under the name Wonderpuss Octopus. At Field's iconic, namesake boutique, Linden's work caught the eye of celebrity clients including Beyonce, Willow Smith, Kelly Osborne, and Solange Knowles. Linden has since collaborated with and created pieces for Miley Cyrus, KidRobot, Norma Kamali, The CFDA, Alife, Sharon Needles, Pearl Liaison, Samsung and Swarovski. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Marie Claire Italia, Culture Magazine, Plastik Magazine PAPER Magazine. She has shown alongside art heavyweights such as Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharf, and has exhibited at The Hole Gallery, The Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Reverse Space, Superchief Gallery, Art Basel Miami, The Museum of Sex, and The Museum of Ice Cream. She continues to work as an international muralist and the resident artist for The House of Yes.
ABOUT HUNTER STABLER
Hunter Stabler was born in Jefferson City, Missouri and was raised in upstate South Carolina. He received a BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute, College of Art and an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Digital Art at Louisiana State University. His work has been widely exhibited across the United States and internationally including exhibitions at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, NY, The Shelburne Art Museum in Shelburne, VT, the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ, and the Islip Art Museum in East Islip, NY. His hand-cut paper artwork has been published in the books High Touch: Tactile Design and Visual Explorations, Push Paper, Strangers in the Nest (a book of Poems by Anselm Berrigan, Letterpress printed with images accompanying each poem), and published in Laminate Magazine, First Look Magazine, and American Craft Magazine. He was named “Philadelphia’s Next Hot Artist” in 2007 by The Philadelphia Weekly. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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