Summer Survey

Ethan Caflisch, Joe Ferriso, Sophie Lourdes Knight, Danielle Lawrence
June 2 – August 18, 2018

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce Summer Survey: a group exhibition featuring four emerging Bay Area artists whose work we have been closely watching. Each artist resists the notion of a single, defining practice, preferring instead hybrid approaches that combine media, and mix materials within their respective bodies of work.

In her dimensional paintings, Danielle Lawrence investigates contradictions, such as the constructed and the organic, flat and textured surfaces, as well as graphic and gestural mark making. Much of her subject matter comes from still lifes she creates from studio debris accumulated over time. Lawrence received her MFA from Mills College in 2011.

Ethan Caflisch works across media including painting, drawing, textiles and sculpture. In his recent series, Spending the Night in a Different Bed, the materials themselves reference both comfort and discomfort – soft linen and cotton fabric remnants are hand sewn into place with raw edges, asymmetrical shapes and uneasy relationships.

The paintings and sculptures of Sophie Lourdes Knight are rooted in an abstract practice that includes loose compositions of ambiguous scenes and non-sequitur objects. Using charcoal, pastel or paint, often on raw canvas, the artist creates energetic compositions that shift between explicit and implied forms. Knight received a BFA from CCA in 2015.

Joe Ferriso, a 2018 graduate of the Stanford MFA program, tests the boundaries of negative and positive space with his painted sculptures. Taking a cue from architecture while embracing the hand-drawn line, his recent sculptures are cut from a single sheet of plywood, into seemingly haphazard shapes that flex and unfold from the wall.

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