27.4 – 21.5 2022
27.04 – 21.05.2022
Huxley-Parlour is pleased to present Encounters, an exhibition of new work by London-based artist, Emma Fineman. Encounters consists of work across three mediums: painting, sculpture, and monoprint, and will be Fineman’s first solo show at Huxley-Parlour.
The title, Encounters, refers to a modern hierarchy of images in which ideas of space, communication, and touch – both physical and metaphorical – are contested. Speaking about her work, Fineman says: “I am most interested in the gaps and the slippages, places where things don’t always align and that often encourage longer looking.”
Encounters engages with theory on the post-internet age. Fineman’s practice maintains painterly, fleshy tones, while insistently prodding the effects of culture, industry, and speed on the collective unconscious. Spanning sublime Renaissance composition, epic classical form, and twentieth-century figuration, Encounters is an index of references, deconstructing art history along the postmodern vectors of centre and periphery.
Painted with gentle majesty, Emma Fineman presents five new paintings and one monoprint whose compositions recall the transcendent and religiously inflected canvases of William Blake, opposing the terrestrial and celestial, the known and the unknown. Her heavily wrought, impasto brushstrokes imbue the works with a strong haptic presence, inviting allegorical reading.
B. United States1991
Emma Fineman conceives of her work on the borders between drawing and painting; the subjects of her paintings are sketchily traced onto the canvas before she focuses on a prolonged meditation of gestural painting. Her works are deeply rooted in the personal, often drawn from memories that act as starting points for her paintings, which she will often work on over an extended period, returning to certain works as her experiences with each memory develops. Fineman re-creates these memories on a realistic scale in which she abstracts form and figures into simplified shapes and swathes of bright colour, complimented and contrasted by muted, flesh tones.
Born in 1991 in Berkeley, California, Emma Fineman completed a BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, minoring in gender studies. Fineman received an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London in 2018. Fineman’s work has been exhibited in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Porthmeor Studio Residency, St Ives, United Kingdom and the Palazzo Monti Residency, Brescia, Italy. In 2018, Fineman was included in the prestigious Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at South London Gallery.
She lives and works in London.