Zoe Charlton, Maroon, 2013, collage and gouache on paper, 30 x 22 inches.
ZoŽ Charlton presents two series of new works that playfully embody social dilemmas produced by domestication and desire in festoon, her third solo exhibition with the gallery.
In collage and gouache drawings, Charlton fuses racially diverse nude males with ideal landscape elements. Punctuating vistas of country dream homes and fantasy vacation spots with commodities evocative of non-western cultures, Charlton emphasizes burdens inherent in the pursuit of social status by minorities. Whereas the pictorial style of her masculine subjects recalls American landscape and still life painting, Charlton employs spatiality and hybridity inspired by cubism and surrealism in a separate series of collages of female subjects. The artist augments stereotypical figures of young white girls with suburban architecture, African tribal signifiers, and black maternal imagery, to construct sexualized human/object hybrids that give expression to fantasies of southern belles and black domesticity. Charlton will integrate motifs from her works on paper into a sculptural gallery installation amplifying how individual yearning is driven by material culture and shaped by social conventions.
ZoŽ Charlton's works have been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston.
Opening reception: Saturday, September 21st: 6-8pm
Artist in attendance.