About the Exhibition
To Name Another Thing presents new works by Chloe West. Through the intimate and laborious act of painting, West looks at the neutral, the incidental, and the marginal. The paintings use the language of both representation and abstraction to depict objects of the everyday such as window blinds and linoleum tiles. The paintings create a fragmented sense of place, a dislocated site that the viewer navigates. Through various perspectives of space, the works both allow and deny the viewer’s gaze, giving fluctuating degrees of accessibility to deal with themes of the gaze, private/public space, and the ways in which the viewer’s body is implicated through installation. The works form a convoluted narrative that refuses to be named.
About the Artist
West was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming in 2015. West currently lives and works in St. Louis, MO where she received a MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. West’s move from Wyoming to the city has influenced her current work that deals with themes of interiority, the gaze, and the body as it relates to place.
“My work looks at the inert, the incidental, and the marginal through the intimate and laborious act of painting. I create work that both depicts and becomes liminal space, I am interested in the in-between, the indistinct, and the everyday. My paintings reside in an intermediate state between representation and abstraction, embodiments of everyday surfaces and objects of banality: I look at the periphery. I paint objects and surfaces that are in proximity to me such as the window blinds of my apartments and the linoleum tiles of my studio. By arduously transforming banal and mass-produced objects into paintings, I change the form and meaning: the liminal becomes intimate and the general becomes specific. By enfleshing the surface of a manufactured skin through the material qualities of paint and the intimate act of looking, the subject that first appears neutral becomes personal. They are as ambiguous as they are specific, both detailed and absent.
The work comes from a distinct awareness of the body in space, the gaze, and the viewers relation to the painting as object. I turn my gaze to the materials of transitional space: thresholds and boundaries between interior and exterior. The surfaces that I represent speak to space that is fragmented and an awareness of the gaze and the body as it relates to space and place. The works live in an intermediate stage between traditional painting and sculpture, forcing the viewer to become aware of their relation to the objects and how they navigate through space. Together, the works create a fragmented and disconnected sense of space and the everyday subjects create a sense of place that is familiar yet unspecific. The works form a convoluted narrative that refuses to be named.”
– Chloe West