A Cloth Over a Birdcage at Chateau Shatto

Instability, a globe like ours, resting
on a pedestal of vacuum, a ping-pong ball…
-John Ashbery, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”

Ivy House, 2019
Oli on jute
12 x 10 in / 30.5 x 25.4 cm

In the case of painting, restrictions may allow for a lot. A small painting is free from monumental pressures; an artist’s hand looms confidently over their blank little territory. Chateau Shatto’s current exhibition A Cloth Over a Birdcage, celebates limitation, with no more than a few works exceeding twenty inches in size. Rising art-world stars Lauren Satlowski and Brook Hsu are shown alongside Surrealist giant Gertrude Abercrombie, famed for her tiny, peephole paintings. As little as possible, Issy Wood’s Joan Rivers portraits are devotional, like a limited edition postage stamp. Harnessing the “gravitational pull of locket-size images,” the exhibition presents paintings that must be viewed differently, like an amoeba in a microscope (Ross Bleckner’s Untitled), or forest prey through night-vision googles (Brook Hsu’s fade out 1.)  A Cloth Over a Birdcage is on view until September 7th at Chateau Shatto. -CM

fade out 1 , 2019
Oil on wood
6 x 4 in / 15.2 x 10.2 cm

JOAN CIRCA 1991, 2018 Oil on canvas
3.9 x 2.8 in / 10 x 7 cm

JOAN CIRCA 1981, 2018 Oil on canvas
3.9 x 2.8 in / 10 x 7 cm

Installation view

JONNY NEGRON Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 11 in / 35.6 x 27.9 cm

MATTHEW WONG Mili’s Corner, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 20 in / 61 x 50.8 cm

CHEN CHING-YUAN Craw from the sun, 2018 Oil on canvas
14.6 x 10.6 in / 37 x 27 cm

Oil on board
3 x 3.5 in / 7.6 x 8.9 cm (unframed)