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JUSTIN HOEKSTRA | All Hat No Cattle

May 21, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - June 25, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

JUSTIN HOEKSTRA | All Hat No Cattle
MAY 21 – JUNE 25, 2016

Opening Reception | Saturday May 21 | 7 – 10pm

Jordan Faye Contemporary | 218 W Saratoga Street
Top floor | the m.a.p. building | bromo arts district

gallery hours | Wednesday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 12 – 5pm
Sunday 1 – 4pm & by appointment.

Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased to present ALL HAT NO CATTLE, by Baltimore-based artist Justin Hoekstra. This exhibition features new paintings, many of which were created during his time as the founding fellow of the Jordan Faye Contemporary Painting Fellowship. The Opening Reception for this exhibition is on Saturday May 21 from 7 – 10pm. It is his first solo exhibition with the gallery and was curated by Jordan Faye Block and Willa Frazer.

CURATOR’S STATEMENT | Without a particular referent or immediate comprehension, Justin Hoekstra’s paintings pull at something – in our memories or our bodies – slightly beyond recognition. The pieces could be any number of things inside or outside of us. They are a sunset, a sidewalk, a rusty wall, the inside of closed eyelids. At points one is reminded of the passage of time, the erosion of earth, the way light and energy are emitted from objects of creation. Hoekstra is creating lyrical movements within the push & pull of color and form, and the way patterns emerge then dissipate.

From a place including and beyond visual appreciation, these works hold the viewer. Sometimes initially quiet or subtle, they tap into a deeply resonating momentum. Certain works can be jarring – colors collide and complex layers pulse out at the viewer. Others take longer – a slow burn, a quiet overtaking.

These works are magnetic. They act like meditation, or an orgasm, or crying. They seem like a circle, where grief is a form of love, abstraction creates focus, obscurity leads to clearer understanding. These paintings radiate an energy from within that is undeniably felt. They access the hum that constantly vibrates through all things. This vibration is something we are always experiencing, psychologically or emotionally, but usually on a subconscious level. Here it comes forward. We can visualize the buzz and then notice it coursing through our minds, our bodies, and out into the world.
curators – Willa Frazer & Jordan Faye Block