|Pink Worlds and White Icing|
Two person exhibition with one of my favorite contemporary painters, Dana Carlson at AfterModern Gallery in San Francisco.
About Pink Worlds:
Taking a cue from the show's namesake "Pink Worlds and White Icing", a collection of poems written by a 12 year old girl in late 60s, artists Dana Carlson and Fawn Gehweiler each present a collection of recent works that take a turn for the pastoral, pop and pretty, albeit with a dash of dark comedy thrown in for good measure.
Awash in preteen nostalgia, strangely baroque and alternately naive, precocious, and deeply introspective, these tiny poems about "color, the Beatles, bubblegum, nature, and the universe" lend both a perfect title and a perfect backdrop to their respective candy colored dreamscapes and imaginary narratives of head-in-the-clouds teenage psychedelia.
About the Artists:
Dana Carlson combines traditional painting methods with embroidery, beadwork, and appliqué to create hybrid-handiworked dream worlds. Her intricate paintings conjure up a pretty, Romantic absurdity that is part down-home psychedelia, part angsty gesture painting, and part earnest teenager. Dana earned her MFA from Hunter College in New York in 2000 and continues to exhibit in the New York area and worldwide. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Dana currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Fawn Gehweiler's signature character based paintings have exhibited in galleries around the world and appear in a number of prominent private collections. Originally from Hawaii and currently based in the Pacific Northwest, her work combines the influence of a bohemian upbringing, sartorial escapism, and her own family tree. Widely considered a major influence in the recent explosion of young feminine art in the United States, her aesthetic hinges on a delicate balance of past and present, building obsessive narratives through personal artifacts that reflect the imaginary worlds of little girls, treading the fine line between wide eyed innocence and dark fairy tales.