Julia Martin Gallery / 444 Humphreys St. May 6, 2017 - June 24, 2017

Christina Renfer Vogel

Standing on the edge, I observe interactions. I seek to identify quiet moments from within larger, more complex situations, focusing on chance meetings in groupings and gatherings, and searching for interaction or disconnection.

These placeless figures are suspended in fields of color that serve as psychological spaces. It takes on a presence that is unsettling or cloying or comforting. It presses against them and threatens to swallow them.

There is a directness to this work, and yet, the fragmentary nature and moments left intentionally unresolved suggest a state of uncertainty and flux, inviting you to question the ambiguity of each exchange.

I aim to describe familiar situations that smolder with an underlying tension. These ordinary encounters describe the yearning, discomfort, and uncertainty that feel all too familiar. I hope to draw you in, but keep you at arm’s length.