Jennifer Coates

Para Pastoral
June 11, 2022   -   July 24, 2022

Jennifer Coates’ metaphysical paintings utilize the conventions of landscape as a vehicle for hallucinatory visions and psychological spaces. Expanses of sky or sea coalesce into reflective pools of paint; intricate geometric galaxies warp into ecstatic vortexes, and tiny specs of color form clusters of luminescent light. She contrasts atmospheric radiance with meticulous detail, and iconic directness with allusive abstraction. Varied painterly approaches are positioned against each other to create a disjunctive but idealistic experience of place.

Coates graduated with an MFA from Hunter College in 2001, and is the 2021 recipient of the John Koch Art Award from the American Acade- my of Arts and Letters; a 2021 NYFA Award in painting; a 2019 Fellow- ship at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation; and a Sharpe Walentas Studio residency (2018-2019). Recent shows include Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes, Acquavella Galleries, FL; Covid Metamorphoses, George Gallery/High Noon, NY; Pagan Forest, West Chester University, PA; and Toxic Halo, High Noon, NY. Her work has been reviewed in BOMB Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Art Critical, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, Smithsonian Journeys, and Art News, among other publications.