Hey Mars

COOPER COLE is pleased to present Hey Mars, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of New York-based artist Rachel Eulena Williams and Toronto-based artist Scott Treleaven.

Rachel Eulena Williams works at the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Her reconfigured canvases unbind painting from the stretcher, avoiding conventional support systems and imagining a myriad of spatial contortions. Some works in this exhibition take this to the extreme: sprawling across the walls resembling assemblages more than canvases. In others, Williams pulls these shapes back into the frame, creating sculptural works that push out of the two-dimensional plane. Williams’ vibrant use of colour represents a critique of, and liberation from, Western art history’s ‘othering’ of colour, and its categorization as unruly, foreign, and vulgar. The artist embraces those colours marginalized by the chromophobia of the West, which defined them as both dangerous and superficial.1 Williams’ distinctive works question these restrictions placed on colour and shape, as well as how virtuosity is defined.

Scott Treleaven’s work is engaged with themes of perception, embodied mysticism, and queer and psychological alterity, aiming to re-locate abstraction as part of a transcendental, rather than purely formal, tradition. Using established aesthetic prompts, from pop psychedelic gestures to the arrangement of Neolithic stone sites, Treleaven’s paintings act as portals into ecologies of visual language and symbology, conveying ideas of sublimity and the ecstatic.

Williams and Treleaven share an interest in questioning the formal boundaries of painting. Through their own distinctive approaches to the medium and its history, both artists search for that which is not easily defined, fixed, or part of the visible, earthly world. Instead, they delve into the imagery of the ulterior.

1 David Batchelor. Chromophobia. London: Reaktion Books Ltd., 2000. pp. 23.

 

Rachel Eulena Williams (b. 1991, Miami, Florida, USA) earned her B.F.A. from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York in 2013. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Loyal Gallery, Stockholm (2019), Ceysson & Bénétière, Sainte Etienne (2018), Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2018), Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2018), Cooper Cole, Toronto (2018), The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017), Mass Gallery, Austin (2017), SomeTime Salon, San Francisco (2017), and Center Street, New York (2017). Williams has held the SIP Fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York (2019), 68 Projects, Berlin (2018), and NY Studio Factory, Brooklyn (2014). Rachel Eulena Williams currently lives and works in Brooklyn, USA.

Scott Treleaven (b. 1972, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1996. A noted figure in 90s queer independent film and zine circles, his publications have been included in historical overviews such as ‘In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955’ (JRP|Ringier 2009), ‘The Magazine – Documents of Contemporary Art Series’ (MIT Press 2015), and ‘Showboat: Punk, Sex, Bodies’ (Dashwood 2016). Treleaven was included in the FRONT International Triennial in 2018 and La Biennale de Montréal in 2007. Solo and group exhibitions include: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018); XYZ Collective, Tokyo (2018); MOCA Tucson, Arizona (2018); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2018; 2017); Invisible-Exports, New York (2018; 2015; 2013; 2011); The Suburban, Milwaukee (2017); 80WSE, New York (2016); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2014); ICA, Philadelphia (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); and ICA London, UK (2012), amongst others. Scott Treleaven currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Artworks

Rachel Eulena Williams

Layered new landings

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Layered new landings, 2020

Acrylic, dye, canvas, wire and rope on wood panel

49" X 37"
124.46cm X 93.98cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

To look down the sea

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To look down the sea, 2020

Acrylic, dye, canvas, and rope on wood panels

63" X 110"
160.02cm X 279.4cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

Patterns of distance together

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Patterns of distance together, 2019

Acrylic, dye, canvas and rope on wood panels

58" X 52"
147.32cm X 132.08cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

Hey Mars

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Hey Mars, 2019

Acrylic, various ropes, canvas, on wood panel

55" X 35"
139.7cm X 88.9cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

Round and round

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Round and round, 2020

Acrylic, rope and canvas on wood panel

24" X 24"
60.96cm X 60.96cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

Headspace

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Headspace, 2019

Etching ink and acrylic on paper

Unique

22" X 15"
55.88cm X 38.1cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

Sunburn of the abundant earth

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Sunburn of the abundant earth, 2019

Etching ink and acrylic on paper

Unique

22" X 15"
55.88cm X 38.1cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

Plum and water 2

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Plum and water 2, 2019

Etching ink and acrylic on paper

Unique

22" X 15"
55.88cm X 38.1cm

Scott Treleaven

Jackson Heights Cinema Syncretism

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Jackson Heights Cinema Syncretism, 2019

Acrylic, gouache and permanent crayon on canvas

25.6" X 21.3"
65.02cm X 54.1cm

Rachel Eulena Williams

Plum and water

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Plum and water, 2019

Etching ink and acrylic on paper

Unique

22" X 15"
55.88cm X 38.1cm

Scott Treleaven

Wish-Fulfilling Jewels (for J.Giorno)

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Wish-Fulfilling Jewels (for J.Giorno), 2020

Acrylic, gouache and permanent crayon on canvas

60" X 48"
152.4cm X 121.92cm

Scott Treleaven

NiteNiteKissKissLoveLove (for Gen)

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NiteNiteKissKissLoveLove (for Gen), 2020

Acrylic, gouache and permanent crayon on canvas

60" X 48"
152.4cm X 121.92cm

Scott Treleaven

The Roaring Stream

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The Roaring Stream, 2020

Acrylic, gouache and permanent crayon on canvas

48" X 36"
121.92cm X 91.44cm

Scott Treleaven

Coney Island Das

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Coney Island Das, 2020

Acrylic, gouache and permanent crayon on canvas

30" X 24"
76.2cm X 60.96cm

Scott Treleaven

To Dispel the Misery of the World

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To Dispel the Misery of the World, 2020

Acrylic, gouache and permanent crayon on canvas

38" X 36"
96.52cm X 91.44cm