Peep is pleased to present the group exhibition Sleight of Hand with national and international artists: Bruno Cançado, Saskia Fleishman, Kati Gegenheimer, Debbi Kenote, Na Chainkua Reindorf, Sophia Starling, and Yage Wang.
The expression "Sleight of Hand" denotes the craft of showcasing tricks or illusions using nimble and deft hand movements. It takes repeated practice and skill to become a master of the art of illusion. In the context of the exhibition, the artists participating use diverse mediums and repeated techniques to create subtle illusions or unexpected experiences that capture and fascinate the viewer.
Bruno Cançado delights the senses as the smell of wax emits from his paper drawings and acts as a slightly transparent screen to the charcoal marks underneath. Saskia Fleishman's textured landscape paintings manipulate space, perspective, and light to create a playful illusion of depth and dimensionality. Kati Gegenheimer's mark-making technique in her serial paintings is immediate and intuitive. Despite the horseshoe shape’s repetition in each painting, a wide range of compositions with varied meanings and emotions arise. Debbi Kenote's shaped paintings also incorporate repetition and employ playful imagery to create nature-inspired puzzle pieces. Na Chainkua Reindorf's paintings depict hands performing simple actions: poke and pet. The bold colors and textures draw us in, creating a sense of embodiment as if the hands are our own. Sophia Starling's paintings echo a gestural painting language. Using the physical process of painting, stretching, and shifting canvases, Starling creates a sense of glitchy movement within her compositions. Also using repetition and shifting, Yage Wang's porcelain sculptures of figures interacting with toilets are a clever and thought-provoking commentary on everyday activities.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27 | 3-5 pm
Second Thursday Reception: Thursday, February 8 | 6-9 pm