Work by Carmen Price & Kristen VanDeventer
Carmen Price lyrically imagines a world inhabited by puppies and amputees. These characters develop spontaneously, yet reveal themselves as specimens, categorically indexed in an ofttimes clinical environment. Their vulnerability becomes apparent as they exhibitionistically share their relationships on the plane of the painted page.
Kristen VanDeventer takes a more introspective approach to her canvases, weaving loose narratives through the tropes of painting’s past. Characters gaze through bleary eyes, confronting the viewer or staring off at an unseen world beyond the painting’s surface, creating an emotional tension that can fickly choose to relate, but other times will look the other way.