My 12×12 exhibition: Painting the Weights opens next week at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. The work is on view July 18-Aug 20 with an opening reception Tuesday, July 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!
My very best,
Red on Yellow, 2017, oil on panel, 60×45 in.
12×12: Ms. Mixon
Painting the Weights
July 18 – August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: July 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: July 18, 6:30 pm
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
750 Marguerite Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Ms. Mixon’s newest series of paintings will be on view at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in her 12×12 solo exhibition, Painting the Weights. Known in animation as the modeling process for turning digital images into three-dimensional simulations, Painting the Weights continues Mixon’s inquiry into the surface of things – namely color, texture, and illusion – for their power to emote and conceal.
If painting is layering, Ms. Mixon’s practice pivots on a system of tillage. After applying numerous layers of oil to panel, she carves paint away using incremental gestures. Punctured, porous skins bare hidden histories and create simultaneity between past and present, color and space, image and tactility, loss and regeneration. In Stasis (film) (2017), carved marks penetrate layers of monochrome to create an all-over, optical field. Foreground and background oscillate, and the surface, as if eaten by termites, dissolves in and out of focus. The harvested chips of paint are the seeds for new work, and the graft from one painting morphs into the next as a body in the act of becoming; it is both decaying and procreating.
New works like Red on Black and Red on Yellow (2017) are informed as much by Magic Eye posters from the 1990’s as by Ms. Mixon’s own experiences growing up in a Pentecostal Church in the South. Her paintings emit an artificial glow, reminiscent of other Abstract Illusionist works, but depth perception remains shallow. Challenging the myth of painting’s expressive interiority, Mixon’s paint is both performative and permeable.
About the Artist
Ms. Mixon (b. 1984, Orangeburg, SC) received her MFA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA from Davidson College. She is a recipient of a 2017 Working Artist Grant and a 2015 Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Award. Mixon was a finalist for a 2016 William and Dorothy Yeck Award and a 2015 VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship. She was an artist-in-residence at AICAD Studio Practice Residency, NY and Byrdcliffe Art Colony, NY. Her work was published in the 6th International Painting Annual, Manifest Gallery, OH. Mixon works between Brooklyn, New York and Durham, NC.
About 12 x 12 Series
12 x 12 artist salon series presents 12 artists from North Carolina, the 12th State. Each Salon is a pop-up exhibition and conversation with the artist. The series schedule consists of three exhibitions per spring and fall seasons in 2016 and 2017, beginning March 1st, 2016. At the end of the salons, a group exhibition in our Potter Gallery will bring together all twelve artists.
The twelve artists in the series represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. At salon events, each artist will share ideas and processes of their studio practice in the midst of recent, new, or site-specific work presented in SECCA’s Preview Gallery. Each artist will discuss their experience first-hand, inviting the public to ask questions and to engage in conversation. Like a studio visit, these salon events are a social space for discovery and discussion, providing invaluable feedback to artists and insights to those who come to experience them.
12 x 12 gives artists from across North Carolina a public platform for continued artistic development and recognition in the place where they live and work, and beyond. At the same time, the series aims to push conversation around contemporary art forward and to consider the significance of localism as a curatorial framework. What does it mean to these artists to be working in the South and Southeast today, especially after the Internet and Globalization?
The 12 x 12 artists were selected by Cora Fisher (Curator of Contemporary Art, SECCA) and four guest jurors: Linda Dougherty (Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art); Lia Newman (Director and Curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College); Marshall Price (Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University); and Mary Anne Redding (Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts).
An arts initiative sponsored by the Flow Foundation.
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