Camila McHugh

  • picks January 05, 2021

    Jasmine Gregory

    Fluorescent green eyebrows arch across the ominously contented expressions of a Clifford-like big red dog and a woman with matching green nails in Jasmine Gregory’s “Trouble at Casa Amor.” It’s like they’re in on the same joke, perhaps the human condition—the clunkiness of being and performing a self—that is the show’s primary subject. The artist understands the stakes of figurative painting as essentially those of reality itself, homing in on its construction and deflating its pretensions by drawing on reality TV, including the show Love Island, from which Gregory’s exhibition title is lifted.

  • picks October 23, 2020

    Cezary Poniatowski

    Hung low around an assortment of dollhouse sculptures and other objects, Cezary Poniatowski’s black and brown pleather reliefs command the room in his exhibition “Welcome to Itchy Truths.” Poniatowski stands in a lineage of artists who work against painting’s norms, dismantling the integrity of its flat surface to enhance its fetishistic status. The effect recalls Steven Parrino’s jet-black misshaped canvases (the artists also share a palpable penchant for the noise-music scene and its gothic sensibilities), but here Poniatowski leaves canvas and paint behind, constructing his monochrome works