Jeff Huntington | New Paintings

Plaques and Tangles

June 4 – July 10, 2010
Opening reception: June 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The composite nature of perception is what Jeff Huntington wrangles within his new show, Plaques and Tangles, opening at Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions on June 4. When one person sees another, there's a fine distinction between what the mind perceives as assured or searching, or what is sorrowful versus peaceful. The emotions and histories detectable in a single image of a person, one moment or frame, change and deepen as moments pass and perspective shifts.
His technique here is looser and more painterly than the tight grisaille Huntington is known for, and the works themselves are larger. “I chose to let it be more about the sensory quality in the paint,” he says.
The show's title refers to the physical distortion that happens to a person with Alzheimer's – what happens to the brain. Huntington's father suffers from the condition, and as he describes it: “His condition is like loose speaker wires. It comes and goes.”
Huntington's paintings study telling human gestures and the crackling neural connections they inspire. The show's images, many of which are of Huntington's nieces and nephews, portray subjects with both subtle and abrupt shifts in personality. Three looks at the same young boy; two heads, identical in all but angle and slight tweaks of mood, emerging from one collar; or three slivers from different views of one face, carefully integrated in a single frame. It's a blend of rough cuts and brilliant polish, and in the transitional space between the two, the complex nature of each subject emerges.
Emily Lyons

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