Starting Saturday, October 26 and running through November 30, the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) will present Beach Towel, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Evan Mazellan in RAA’s sTudio 6 Gallery.
Mazellan’s seven paintings on view, which vary in scale, remain consistently proportional to the dimensions of a common iPhone screen. Working from photographs taken with his personal mobile device, the subjects are rendered in oil stick rather than oil paint, and use common techniques and mark-making methods native to the disciplines of drawing and traditional printmaking. This acts as a means for problematizing the austerity of painting as a category in favor of a sketch’s more innate, free-flowing intimacy.
Beach towels and bouquets: the artist’s interest in these ubiquitous objects comes out of their unique tendency to showcase combinations of kitsch-ridden cliché and vernacular specificity absorbed from the local contexts in which they appear. Each painting provides a glimpse into a very personal space, though partially veiled.
Evan Mazellan (born in 1990 in Orange County, CA and raised in Marion, IN) lives and works in Rockaway Beach, NY. He graduated with a degree in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013 and currently studies under renowned artist Rudolf Stingel. This will be his first solo exhibition with RAA.