In the show titled “What Could Be Our Last”, YES Gallery owners Michael Farmer and Lesley Doukhowetzky gather three artists whose paintings and watercolors employ vibrant colors referencing images disturbing enough to second guess the feel-good aura emanating from its surface palate. Familiar images of landscape and figures are contorted within the artist’s aesthetic, giving the viewer a joy ride into odd dreams and baffled tribulations.
Two large paintings by Emily Noelle Lambert face each other in the main space, confronting the viewer with jagged sharp lines and contrasting colors, creating an environment that is oddly harmonious in its chaotic displacement. Where is the Middle Way references ponds on the grounds of Yaddo, painted on site during the artist’s trip. Lines shaded in various colors signify everything from branch and fence to reflection and complete abstraction. This juggling of signifiers and flattening of picture plane is disorienting and elusive, a choppy recalling of time stirring a non-linear accumulation of memory.
The watercolors of Dan Sabau are more engaging than the paintings in the show, where bodily orifices are morphed and abstracted into lucid patches of color. The combination of voluptuous loops and ethereal transparency creates both an astute presence and an organic flow of shapes. This captivating tension offers the viewer an amused and enlightened alternative to the everyday figure.
Shawn Patrick Anderson uses resin and collage as a medium, and pornographic images as reference material. A grid of voluptuous women in scandalous poses are painted in pink with only scant articles of clothing peeking through the suffocating mass of color. It aims to emphasizes the crude nature of pornography while revealing an animalistic instinct of lust that clouds over and consumes female subjectivity.
The works of these three artists are evenly dispersed throughout the gallery with Sabau’s watercolors lined along an intimately spaced hallway. All the works relay elements that are seen everyday, whether it be a trail through the woods or a pornographic magazine hidden under the bed or a face walking by on the street. They are skewed with jarring and disturbing intent and seems to question our motivations as we venture through our daily living and perhaps teaches us to search a little deeper for the complex and abstract significance of ephemeral and at times deceitful contentment.
YES gallery has been open since last winter and has since put together multiple shows both group and solo of mostly local artists. Both owners are artists and designers and were given the opportunity to open this quaint space on the lower floor of a brownstone on India Street. They are open mostly by appointment and details can be found at yesgalleryyes.com