119 Ludlow Street (Basement Level) between Rivington and Delancey
Con Artist presents a February exhibition of paintings by Heidi Howard. Of course, Con Artist will continue to host Wednesday Gallery nights, from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM, where one may “meet and greet” with Howard and a mix of creative coteries.
Howard mainly paints portraits in oil on stretched canvas that echo the intimate style of Elizabeth Peyton, rendering the personalities of Howard’s subjects. However unlike the most-recognizable motif in Peyton’s work, a close depiction of the face, Howard juxtaposes her subject against a Matisse-pattern smoothly applied with a color palette that could have been mixed by David Hockney, himself. Her current work appears to be in an experimental period, combining then focusing on distinct painting techniques. This may problematize her painting discourse, yet the disruption of formal elements confronts the viewer (which is not an easy task). Howard’s work provides an interesting view of the painting process and investigation of the portrait.
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