New York, NY. Porter Contemporary is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, There and Back Again celebrating the works of four artists—Jason Bryant, Jessica Charlotte, Jennifer Murray, Johnny Romeo—who will be highlighted at the Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami and open to the public in NY with an artist reception on December 8 (6:30 – 8:30pm) and on display through January 7.
In an information age full of real-time news in social media, figures in the press and monumental movements sweeping the country, we live at a tipping point of self-reflection and portraiture offers a doorway to reflecting on our identities and evaluating what defines us. "The four artists in 'There and Back Again' showcase portraiture in non-traditional ways through the use of direct and metaphorical elements in their works and we wanted to offer a broad curation of their work in NY," says Jessica L. Porter, Founder and Director of Porter Contemporary. Jason Bryant’s paintings explore his fascination with film and skateboarding culture to create mysterious metaphors. Jessica Charlotte travels the hidden regions of the mind where apparitions of strange creatures leave their haunting footprints on her portraits. Jennifer Murray explores themes of gender, sexuality, and sociopolitical power struggles through self-portraiture and allegory and Johnny Romeo paints superheroes as the Greek pop-culture gods of our time.
About the Artists:
Jason Bryant’s paintings explore his fascination with film, skateboarding culture and the presentation of the self. He was born in 1976 in Wilson, North Carolina and lives and works in New York City. Jason Bryant received his BFA in Painting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 1999, before completing his MFA at Maryland institute College of Art in 2004. He has received a wide array of press concerning his artwork including most recently Juxtapoz Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, American Artist, Volume XI of Studio Visit Magazine (cover) and Thrasher Magazine. His works are in a variety of notable collections including the Howard Tullman Collection in Chicago, IL and the West and Zimberg Collections in New York, NY.
Jessica Charlotte is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work explores the hidden regions of the mind where apparitions of strange creatures form and dissolve in dreams and leave only their haunting footprints on the waking mind. Working in acrylics, Jessica manages to bring to life these exotic, wistful and beautiful images that somehow resonate in the empty spaces in all of us where the child once resided but now, only absence and longing. Jessica's paintings are being increasingly sought after both in Australia and overseas. Becoming widely exhibited, the world within each carefully selected frame reintroduces the appreciative viewer to something perhaps long forgotten that inhabited a place without boundaries.
Jennifer Murray explores themes of gender, sexuality, and sociopolitical power struggles in her work, using totemic animal characters to express her impressions of human life within the decaying and carnal confines of New York City. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Art. Using charcoal, which she describes as a "primal medium," Murray carries us through dreamlike scenarios in which the subjects confront a logical disconnect between themselves and their surroundings. Murray, while encouraging the viewer to react to her drawings and make their own interpretation of these images also reflects her own personal feelings, struggles and desires.
Johnny Romeo is an Australian born painter currently working in Los Angeles who believes superheroes are the Greek gods of our time. Referred to as a bombastic neo-expressionist pure pop painter, his work deals with the way we construct our identities from the vast array of images that pop culture immerses us in. Johnny Romeo has had three sell-out exhibitions in Sydney (March 2010), Perth (June 2010) and Gold Coast (March 2011), selling over 80 works in 2010 alone. His work has appeared in countless magazines, newspapers, and billboards including Vogue, Australian Art Review, Australian Art Collector, Art Monthly Australia, Time Out, Artist Profile, NZ Life & Leisure Magazine, GQ Style Australia, Australian Insite and the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age and Perth Sunday Times. He was recently featured in SBS and Foxtel's new Australian Arts channel STVDIO.