Subliminal Space features works on paper by four New York based artists: Amy Lincoln • Loie Hollowell • Marian Brunn Smith • Ander Mikalson. These artists share an interest in a meditative, introspective process, using water based media to create intimate records of the artists’ presence. The works employ the individual formal vocabularies of each artist to explore themes as varied as the self, the subconscious, and the nature of space and time.
Amy Lincoln’s portraits, painted from memory and imagination, reflect alter egos and personify psychological states. She creates characters defined by the unpredictable flow of paint, which are part self-portrait, part imaginary friend. These figures alternately approach the viewer and retreat into domestic spaces that stand in for the interior of the mind.
By taking advantage of the uncontrollable nature of fluid mediums, Loie Hollowell allows forays into the unconscious to emerge and take shape within an abstracted obsession of texture and line. Hollowell achieves a trompe l’oeil effect by spraying and painting India Ink on to crumpled or draped denim. The resulting abstract dreamscapes emanate light through the play of color and chiaroscuro.
Marian Brunn Smith’s small oil paintings and larger works on paper consist of transient, ephemeral moments that are simultaneously grievous and beautiful, haunting and mischievous, seductive and strange. The work deals in an abstract vocabulary that nonetheless speaks to emotional narratives: dedications to the living, apologies to the dead, and dirges for discarded lovers.
Ander Mikalson creates material investigations of the basic scientific principles that we use to explain the world around us. Her works record elemental occurrences like smoke, breath, boiling water, and even sound into marks on paper through laboratory-like experiments. The resulting works on paper act as poetic records of phenomenological observation.
Camel Art Space is an artist-operated exhibition space with a focus on current issues in art within a not-for-profit framework and is affiliated with the studio artists at 722 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Camel Art Space does not represent artists in the traditional sense, but merely composes shows of their works for the inherent merits of showing art. In an inclusive spirit, Camel Art Space is open to proposals from independent curators and artists. As an affiliate member of Williamsburg Gallery Association, Camel Art Space participates in 2:nd Friday Art Walk, holding receptions every 2nd Friday of the month. Camel Art Space has been named by New York Magazine as one of the City’s new galleries to watch.