Form Shapes Language
Form Shapes Language is an exhibition presenting works by seven artists – Angela de la Cruz, Ann Edholm, Torkwase Dyson, Michael Genovese, Tomashi Jackson, Anthony Pearson, and Hayal Pozanti – who communicate using spatial elements and geometric abstraction. Emphasizing the affinity between shape, form, and personal narratives, the works presented in this exhibition translate intent through the non-representational and the non-objective. Whether by traditional means, alternative materials, exploring the link between social politics and color theory, or by drawing parallels between abstraction and information technology, these artists carry geometric abstraction’s legacy, using it as a foundation for personal expression.
Angela de la Cruz, born 1965 in La Coruña, Spain, currently lives in London, UK. She obtained a BA from Goldsmiths College, London (1994), and an MA in Sculpture and Critical Theory from Slade, London (1996). She had solo exhibitions at Lisson Gallery, London, UK; Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain; and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010 and was the recipient of the 2017 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Spain.
Ann Edholm (b. 1953, Stockholm, Sweden) lives and works in Nyköping, Sweden. She attended The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, 1981-1986. She had solo exhibitions at Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, and Berlin; Strandverket Art Museum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, and Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden. Group exhibitions include the Södertälje Konsthall (2014); Art Berlin Contemporary (2011); Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennal in Albania (2009); and Immanuel Kant State University in Kaliningrad (2006). In 2012, she was awarded the Carnegie Art Award Second Prize.
Torkwase Dyson, born in Chicago, 1973, currently lives in New York. She received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (1999), and an MFA from Yale School of Art (2003). She has had recent, solo exhibitions at Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; and Corcoran College Art and Design, Washington, DC. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art; Studio Museum in Harlem; Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia; and the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC.
Michael Genovese was born in 1976, Chicago, IL, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum; and the Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL. His work is included in public collections at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum, Miami, FL, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL. Michael Genovese has been represented by Morán Morán since 2009.
Tomashi Jackson (b. 1980, Houston, TX) lives and works in New York, NY and Cambridge, MA. She received an MFA from Yale University (2016), and a BFA from Cooper Union (2010). She had solo exhibitions at Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; Tilton Gallery, New York, NY; and Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Recent group exhibition venues include Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; New Museum, New York, NY; and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Anthony Pearson was born in 1969, in Los Angeles, CA, where he continues to work and live. He received a BFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, and an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. He has had solo exhibitions at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN. His work is included in public collections at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey) has a BA from Sabanci University and a MFA from Yale University. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the JP Morgan Private Bank Collection. Pozanti’s work was recently presented in her first solo museum exhibition “Deep Learning” at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut. Her work was also recently shown in group exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York, NY, 2016), MCA Santa Barbara (CA, 2015), Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL, 2015), Sabanci Museum (Istanbul, 2015) and Prospect 3 at the New Orleans Biennial (2014).
All images: Form Shapes Language, 2018. Photography courtesy of Morán Morán