THE RESISTANCE

JO HAY OPEN STUDIO GALLERY
167 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657

Exhibition Dates: May 13 - 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday May 13, 1-5pm

THE RESISTANCE an exhibition of large-scale paintings in reaction to the current political and social crisis in the United States since the election of Donald Trump, featuring artists Tess Barbato, Jo Hay, O'Neil Scott and KJ Shows.

 

This exhibit will center on the theme of resistance through resilience-contemplating what it means to be an artist in a time where freedom of protest and expression is being challenged by the new administration in Washington.

Jo Hay Maddow, 2017 Oil on canvas 48x60"

Jo Hay Maddow, 2017 Oil on canvas 48x60"

Carolyn Kramer, founder and gallery director, was inspired by the Women’s March in Washington that took place shortly after the platform of hate, fear, and bigotry won the election. “This was the catalyst for me to exhibit art that clearly rejects the policies of Donald Trump as well as examining the role of artists to both protest and heal our nation through visual mediums” says Kramer.

American realist painter Tess Barbato’s painting Corrosion of Democracy asks viewers to look closely at the direction America has taken since the election. “Among the many mainstays of our country, two that are frequently under attack are freedom of the press and freedom of religion, both of which [Trump] has tried to undermine ” she says. “These examples talk of a slow corrosion of democracy and way of life. Being married to someone who is Middle Eastern, I have real fear for my husband’s safety. Before we know it, we will be living under a system that is unrecognizable.” Barbato lives and works outside of Boston.

Jo Hay Bombshell, 2017 Oil on canvas

Jo Hay Bombshell, 2017 Oil on canvas

British painter Jo Hay will feature two large-scale portrait paintings; Maddow a portrait of political commentator Rachel Maddow and Bombshell, a painting of gay activist Sam Brinton. “Both paintings embody the spirit of the resistance. Rachel Maddow through her political commentaries and determination to uncover the truth, and Sam Brinton in his relentless activism against conversion therapy”, says Hay.  “I am an optimist by nature, so I tend to gravitate toward figures exuding tremendous energy and possibility to remain positive as we move through this very challenging and often terrifying time under the Trump administration.”

Hay’s work focuses on acknowledging human courage characterized by those who dare to stand up and express who they are or what they believe. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Provincetown Arts Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Provincetown Banner, and Provincetown Magazine. She was the first recipient of the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant 2010 sponsored by The Provincetown Art Association and Museum. She graduated in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art, with an MFA, Summa Cum Laude. Originally from Newcastle Upon-Tyne, England, Hay has lived and worked in London, and New York. She presently lives and works in Provincetown MA.

Emerging American painter O’Neil Scott will feature three paintings Praying This Works, Don’t Shoot It’s Only Water No.3, and Citizen #2. “I feel very strongly that art and artists in general have been at the forefront of change,” says Scott. “Art work is one of the most powerful mediums used to shed light on injustice. By increasing awareness and inspiring the masses, art fuels fire for the resistance.” Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, praying this Works questions what is necessary for a black man to transcend to a higher level of acceptance in our society. Stirred by the tragic events of unarmed men of color, Don’t Shoot is a reflection of the often, tumultuous relationship between men of color and law enforcement. Citizen #2 depicts the artist’s journey as a man of color to become a U.S. citizen. Scott lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

K.J. Shows’ will present two mixed media portraits. Senators Bernie Sanders -We Need a Political Revolution, and Elizabeth Warren- Nevertheless She Persisted. “Artists are at the center of resistance. We’re there to get people to rally round something visual, some symbol of what they’re about.” Shows is a Contemporary American painter who is perhaps best known for her painting project Portrait of an Artist. Shows description of this project is; “I personally contact an artist through a letter and I ask them to send the pair of shoes that best represents them, which is then my interpretation of a portrait”. “This series gives me the opportunity to connect with other artists all over the world. To date I have painted over 100 shoe portraits of both world renowned and obscure artists. Jamie Wyeth, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Mark Hogancamp, Ann Hamilton and Billy Childish are a few of the artists I have worked with”. Show’s work has been featured in Art and New England Magazine, Provincetown Magazine, The Kennebunk Post, The Portland Herald Press and Art Scope among others. Originally from Seabrook Texas, Shows lives and works in Kennebunk, Maine.She received her Associates Degree in Visual Communication at The Art Institute of Houston, TX.

Political activist Howard Zinn once wrote that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” It’s a quote that Kramer lives by—and that the artists of THE RESISTANCE exhibition convey through their work.

ARTIST'S FOR HILLARY

Silent Auction with special guest representative Katherine Clark

Saturday October 15, 2016 4:30-8:30 pm
Jo Hay Open Studio Gallery
167 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657

Jo Hay Hillary, 2016 Oil on canvas 48x60"

Jo Hay with Representative Catherine Clark

Jo Hay - Rabbit Habit

AUGUST 18 – 27, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION AUGUST 19, 7 - 10pm  

LUPINE PORTRAITS THAT CAPTURE THE SURPRISING QUIRKS AND PERSONALITIES OF RABBITS

These new works are all named in honor of extraordinary women.
  

British figurative painter Jo Hay is widely known for large-scale paintings that explore sexuality, gender, and identity, as in her self-portrait Dodger which placed as a semi-finalist in the 2015 BP Portrait Award. Hay is fascinated by human psychological and biological perception of gender, and her interest in subjects with both male and female characteristics was first inspired by the glittering androgyny of British glam rock musicians in the nineteen-seventies.

RABBIT HABIT marks a departure from these portraits; it showcases new works in a series that Hay has continued to explore since graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. “I initially imagined the rabbit paintings would be purely experimental,” she says of her first examples painted in 2010, calling them a reaction to long hours studying traditional figurative painting. “I very quickly realized that they are equally relevant portraits in themselves.” 

Hay calls the rabbits an exercise in finding new ways to construct figures. They help her to deal purely with form, space, and anatomy, and she closely considers each animal’s personality differences to make every painting unique. Rabbits also have powerful symbolic associations for Hay. “I see traits of the rabbit personality in my own, especially when making paintings. I relate to their alert, edgy energy and the constant vigilance required to always remain nimble enough to get in and out of fluctuating situations.” 

The new portraits in RABBIT HABIT are titled after women who have made extraordinary impressions on the world—game changers, many being the first in their particular field. These paintings come on the heels of recently witnessing the first woman to become a major party’s nominee for the president of the United States. Each composition is based on a traditional, formal portrait pose, often maintaining eye contact with the viewer in a manner both confident and dignified. 
Hay’s dynamic painting style incorporates a range of marks made with different sized brushes and tools, which lends a charged air of activity to her canvases. In her own words, “Presenting a full range of calligraphic difference in painting is like playing with a full orchestra. Imagine hearing a symphony played on a single violin!” The same can be said of her color choices, which are clean mixes. She only uses primary colors and white, maintaining firm control over relationships between hues. The result is an often unexpected meld of shades, where grey and brown rabbits are articulated in swatches and swirls of lavender, moss, peach, and persimmon.  

The portraits in RABBIT HABIT pulse with life. “I have found when painting living creatures that there is an alchemical moment that can occur usually in the middle of the painting,” Hay muses. “It is no longer just a set of particular paint marks but instead the image suddenly feels alive to the point that I experience a quietly disarming sense of it taking a breath.”