Too Many Mornings
February 5th-March 5th
Opening reception February 4th, 6-8 pm
Black screen (soothing sound of waves advancing and retreating from the shore)
The following text, in white, fades in over black:
She found herself alone by the sea.
106 Green is proud to present Too Many Mornings, a solo exhibition of paintings by Shawn Powell. The above text is an excerpt from a screenplay that Powell simultaneously created as a vehicle for his paintings. The sole character in the narrative of his text, known only as “She,” wakes up on a deserted, desolate, dune-covered island surrounded by never-ending water with no memory of how she arrived there. Worms wiggle across the sand. Mannequin heads are strewn along the beach. Her cyclical journey around the island culminates as a revelatory investigation of her own perception and psyche. The screenplay ends where the paintings begin, as our colorblind character (the screenplay is in black and white) perceives the world with fresh eyes full of Technicolor, hallucinatory precision.
The screenplay and the paintings possess an atmosphere of altered states, dreams, and memories. They are expressed without adhering to the rules of traditional narrative, and instead maintain an enticing ambiguity that disguises itself as objective reality. The paintings are abstract ruminations on intuitive color, with unexpected integrations of varying languages of painting, and repetitive reflections of the cinematic format. The painted scenes employ various cinematic devices. For example, some works function as establishing shots, capturing the setting, while others perform as close-ups, providing a visceral and tactile intimacy. The viewer is meant to experience this body of work through the body of the protagonist—are you dreaming, imagining, recalling, or tripping?
Shawn Powell lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in Painting and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2005. In 2008, he obtained an MFA from Hunter College in Painting where he was presented with a Tony Smith Award Grant. Powell has presented recent solo exhibitions at Chapter NY, and at Westchester Community College, State University of New York. He has been included in group exhibitions at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, PA; Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo NY; and La Esquina, Kansas City, MO; among many others. He will also be presenting with 106 Green in their project space at NADA NY in March.
106 Green is located at 104 Green St., Brooklyn NY 11222. Gallery hours are on Sundays from 12-5 and by appointment.