As we have been noting in all of our coverage regarding our new Fall 2018 issue, cover artist Grace Weaver will open a solo show, BEST LIFE at James Cohan Gallery on September 14th. The exhibition will be Weaver's first with the gallery, and feature her large-format paintings with a new series of charcoal on paper works.
A note from the gallery about BEST LIFE:
This exhibition (also) marks the first body of work where the artist shifts from oil to acrylic paint. The immediacy of the medium allows Weaver to incorporate swift, gestural brushstrokes and build up the painting in an additive way. Working in acrylic has changed the tempo of Weaver’s process, forcing her to work in a more deliberate and choreographed manner. For Weaver, there is a parallel between the striving of her subjects and the physical process of her painting. As she notes, “I’m drawn to these moments for their vulnerability, their precariousness. Just as these girls are trying to put themselves together, the painted surface is trying—also self-consciously—to put itself together. I think there is a funny resonance between an individual striving awkwardly toward some beauty ideal, and the act of painting, which is always alternately striving towards beauty, faltering, flailing, and reconsidering itself.”
Get our Fall 2018 issue here.
Read our cover story with Grace Weaver here.