Brooklyn-based artist Summer Wheat’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Catch and Release, will be presented at Shulamit Nazarian. Wheat’s paintings thematically portray a fictional tradition in which women rather than men were originally hunters, technologists, and artists.
In Catch and Release, Wheat continues the exploration of this fantasy universe with paintings of women catching and releasing fish which symbolize fertility, creation, and transformation. The women depicted are deeply connected to bodies of water and the creatures within them, demonstrating womankind’s innately intimate relationship with nature and humanity.
From afar, Wheat’s paintings look like three-dimensional tapestries with woven or beaded surfaces. Only upon closer inspection does the true medium become apparent. Wheat creates pieces by pushing paint through small openings of aluminum mesh, resulting in a soft but textured appearance that is also reminiscent of pixelated digital images.
The opening reception for Catch and Release will be on September 8 from 6 to 9pm.
Summer Wheat: Catch and Release
September 8 – October 27, 2018
616 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036