ANNA WEHRWEIN: A VIOLET, A VEIN
Fluorescent Gallery / 627 N. Central St. September 30, 2016 - October 3, 2016
“a violet, a vein” brings together new, large-scale paintings by Anna Wehrwein. The work explores the intersection of perspectival, color, and social space. Using drawing as a starting point, the paintings construct the act of looking as having the potential to be both subjective and communal. Contained within the picture plane, this gaze is intimate instead of performative: a tool for self-reflexivity and self-imaging. In turn, the high-chroma of the work – rich magentas, deep blues, acidic greens – radiate out. The optics and vibrancies are both enticing and shifting, demanding attention but refusing a singular read. In this way the color – opaque and vibrant like color-aid paper – acts as both ground and figure. But the heart of the work is in the relationships and community it depicts: women artists, friends, who use the domestic space as a site of creativity. It’s an idealistic space, but also a very real one. One in which beers are had, ideas are shared, tattoos and haircuts are given, and paintings are made.