The union of paper, both cut and burned, brings the artists Bradley Castellanos, Karen Margolis and Stan Squirewell together, each sharing their personal histories in a way that both revises and reevaluates their memories and emotions.
Castellanos shares his recollections from his time in Florida with pulsing colors from oils and acrylics coupled with a photographic rendition in a fantastical translation of the natural world. Parts of the photograph are delicately cut away to reveal an underpainting with vibrant colors. Overlaying paint and collage to the surface creates a near psychedelic experience.
Margolis intentionally burns and removes circles form her single abaca paper sheet. Gouache and threading are meticulously introduced, inviting you to choose between a micro or macro world of networked cells of spreading hues that are intimately color coded to her emotions. Road maps appear in collaged circles creating fragmented directions filled with impossible routes.
Squirewell recalibrates his own personal history through photographs representing art historical figures first seen in sculpture, and then newly invigorated with contemporary imagery. These collages present a more empowering narrative for black identity. Reinterpreting history with each piece, they are finished by burning the paper’s edges and placing the work in hand carved frames, which include motifs and markings from ancient indigenous American and African cultures.
Collectively, these three artists examine and explore their evolving identity by looking back at history that is tangled up in truths and half-truths, tapping the emotion of the moment, then and now.