I am included in a survey show of 14 artists working through the questions of portraiture in the early 21st century.
Opening Reception:  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11th from 5pm to 8:30pm
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While portraiture has long been seen as a sign of cultural 'status' and class distinction this survey of Los Angeles portraiture examines the varied approaches being taken up by today's painters with regard to rendering a likeness, not only of a seated subject, but of the subject of portraiture itself. These disparate approaches to re-imagining portrait painting not only include formal innovations but they also question many of the traditional assumptions of the genre. By challenging historical 
conventions such as naturalism, stability and easy identification of the subject, all of the painters in The Status of Portraiture challenge us to think differently about what constitutes a portrait in the 21st century. Conflating interior and exterior states with different personal and theoretical concerns the painters in The Status of Portraiture give us a new series of motifs for thinking about access to the image of another, and in so doing, perhaps even another route into thinking about ourselves.  

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Justin Bower, Virginia Broersma, Josh Dildine, Alec Egan, Jay Erker, Andrew Foster, Roni Feldman, Steve Hampton, 
Constance Mallinson, Laurence McNamara, Max Presneill, Jason Ramos, Erica Ryan Stallones and Frank Stockton.

Event on Artslant
Categories: exhibition