December 20 – January 24, 2015
CES Gallery is pleased to present When It Is Dark Enough, a group exhibition featuring Jordan Clark, Lola Dupré, Amir H. Fallah, Ashkan Honarvar, Emir Šehanović, and Eric Yahnker. The exhibition title takes its cue from a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” To wit, it is sometimes in the darkest hours that brighter moments are revealed. The show focuses on artists whose work employs aspects of re-appropriating or augmenting the human face or body using predominantly collage techniques—a form of cutting and repositioning with new context—thereby making the dark implications of the distorted and changed body that much more profound. The resulting works are uncomfortable yet also alluring. Humor casts a hopeful albeit dark shadow on the work, making it heavily reliant on the viewer to seek a glimmer inward.
Jordan Clark’s work features faces of subjects obstructed with faceted gem-shaped masks, addressing consumer objectification by juxtaposing concepts of beauty with advertising and capitalist culture. Lola Dupré’s exploded portrait series fragments the face into rays of slices while the identity of the person remains intact, hinting at the small gaps that remain after personal experiences. Amir H. Fallah’s paintings confront the fetishization and profiling of Eastern identity through the elaborate representation of textiles and historical objects that conceal bodies within exoticized vignettes. Ashkan Honarvar dissects classical images of the human form, reconfiguring portions and parts in order to create disjuncture of time and movement. Emir Šehanović uses vintage portrait photography whose faces are obstructed with exaggerated headdresses covered with thick dimensional layered collage forms that resemble unrecognizable spores or disfiguring parasites. The resulting images border on the grotesque while also appearing hauntingly beautiful. Eric Yahnker’s graphite drawings emphasize distortion of identity by rendering the faces of iconic everyday people into fractals.