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Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Forms of LifeTunji Adeniyi-Jones, Lonnie Holley, and Willa Nasatir

Morán Morán is pleased to announce Forms of Life, an exhibition that brings together work by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Lonnie Holley, and Willa Nasatir – a vital group of artists who create new forms and present them in the act of motion. The air stirs, thoughts shift, matter escapes, and you can feel the force of the transmission.

The pleasure in diagraming reverberates across the works of Tunji Adeniyi-Jones. The artist finely illustrates foliage in hues of blue and purple, ribboning the pattern across the canvas and brushing it up against the depicted bodies. This literal confrontation between form and field grows more entangled from painting to painting. With each repetition, the setting alters to open onto another image, unwound here and twisted there. Fecund ground and figure knit together as one nearly engulfs the other, and within these boundaries, the inert and the active coincide.

Vital transmissions maneuver in time and undulate alongside the sculptures of Lonnie Holley. Material nodes and networks of public infrastructure – roads and steelworks, labor and laborers – motivate these works. Holley attentively shapes metal; the matter is heated, flattened, and re-formed as its surface is ignited, creating sentinels. The armature focuses the gaze, and the scaffolding stares back dispersing it.

Willa Nasatir’s paintings mark an alternative point of interaction. Layers of acrylic paint congeal on the surface of the canvas and form spills over, pooling into its support – a blanket, a bull, a hand reaching to touch. Such paintings trouble a fast distinction between animal and human. Sloughing-off fixed boundaries, Nasatir sets down layer after layer of paint, blotting out the border between shapes, colors, and lines to figure forth a new body.

These artworks amalgamate within the exhibition; they alter the space between vision, tactility, and imagination. We are compelled to attend to the categories distilled, and then unsettled, by these propositions. Ultimately, the gallery space serves as a venue where these new forms meet as an ensemble cast, in the midst of motion.

Dates

November 18 - December 19, 2020

Opening Reception

Tuesday, November 17, 11AM - 6PM

Location

937 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Artists

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
Lonnie Holley
Willa Nasatir

Installation Views

All images: Forms of Life, 2020. Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Forms of Life, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Artworks

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
Rose Dance, 2020
Oil on canvas
78 x 54 inches
(198 x 137.2 cm)

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
Rose Dance I, 2020
Oil on canvas
78 x 54 inches
(198 x 137.2 cm)

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
Violet Dance, 2020
Oil on canvas
78 x 54 inches
(198 x 137.2 cm)

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
Violet Dance I, 2020
Oil on canvas
78 x 54 inches
(198 x 137.2 cm)

Lonnie Holley
Angles of Mankind, 2017
Steel
71 × 35 × 29 inches
(180.5 × 88.9 × 73.7 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and James Fuentes, NYC

Lonnie Holley
The Making of Woman, 2017
Steel
49 × 36 × 33 inches
(124.46 × 91.44 × 83.82 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and James Fuentes, NYC

Willa Nasatir
Steps #2, 2020
Acrylic and urethane on canvas
70 x 56 inches
(177.8 x 142.2 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and Chapter NY, NYC

Willa Nasatir
Clench, 2020
Acrylic and urethane on canvas
56 x 70 in
(142.2 x 177.8 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and Chapter NY, NYC

Willa Nasatir
Stop, 2020
Acrylic and urethane on canvas
50 x 64 in
(127 x 162.6 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and Chapter NY, NYC

Willa Nasatir
Sink, 2020
Acrylic and urethane on canvas
64 x 50 inches
(162.6 x 127 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and Chapter NY, NYC

Willa Nasatir
Girlfriend, 2020
Acrylic and urethane on canvas
40 x 50 inches
(101.6 x 127 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and Chapter NY, NYC