Square Dance, Step II: Raychael Stine
by Raychael Stine
Opening Reception Thursday April 12, 3-5:30pm
at Barry Whistler Gallery
315 Cole Street, #120
Dallas, TX 75207
In collaboration with Barry Whistler Gallery, DEASIL presents River Jammers, an exhibition of paintings by Raychael Stine.
Hours for River Jammers are: Thursday, April 12, 3-5:30pm (Opening Reception) • Friday, April 13, 12-5pm • Saturday, April 14, 11am-5pm (Breakfast Reception 11am-2pm) • Sunday, April 15, 11am-3pm
Influenced by the perspicacity of Dutch portraiture and the ecstatic gesture of abstraction, the subject of Stine’s work is her dogs. The pathos is held in the artist’s belief that dogs and painting are connected through similar sensory functions: looking, touching, and the emotional work it requires to forge an authentic relationship. Stine communicates through a distinct painterly vocabulary; “Yows” and “Jammers” are representations of often bashful, goofy, or ravenous dogs. “Vision Paintings” are distilled sensate experiences, spiritual visions, and dreamscapes. Sometimes Stine uses emphatic swoops of paint scraped from previous palettes, or will prop a small painting or postcard on top of a larger work as a marker of reference or synchronistic experience.
Stine is interested in creating transformative, transitional space. Things nest and layer to emphasize the capacity to move around, under and through passages of paint and the paintings themselves. In her two newest works Ophelia 1 (river jammer with cosmos and peas) and Ophelia 2 (river jammer with roses and lettuce,) frenetic dog forms emerge within a framing device that undulates like a raindrop ripple or a theater curtain. Broad dashes behind the figure recall a famous yellow brick road, and her color palette including tricky greens and purples seems equally derived from Saturday-morning cartoons as well as a field of wildflowers.
River Jammers is complex with technical savvy, its own specific lexicon, and art-historical allusion, but it urges a very simple message: being present allows us to explore the humor, adventure, and love abundant in the shallowest of spaces.
Raychael Stine is an artist living in Albuquerque New Mexico. She holds a BFA from University of Texas Dallas and an MFA from University of Illinois Chicago. Stine has exhibited at Central Features (Albuquerque, NM), Eugene Binder (Marfa, TX), Rhona Hoffman (Chicago, IL), Common People (Brooklyn, NY), Denise Bibro Gallery (New York, NY), Road-Agent (Dallas, TX), Marty Walker (Dallas, TX), and Leviton A + D Gallery (Chicago, IL), among others. Stine is the recipient of the Dallas Museum of Art Degoylier Grant, the Stone Award at University of Illinois Chicago, The Gendler Fellowship and residency at the Bemis Center, and the residency at the Jentel Foundation. She is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of New Mexico, and her work is represented by DEASIL and Richard Levy Gallery (Albuquerque, NM). Stine is also presenting a solo exhibition, the river is a river, not a line, at Richard Levy Gallery opening April 20, 2018.