Northeast Florida exhibits few signs of fall. Most leaves still cling to trees. The temperature remains warm, sometimes uncomfortably so. Racks of winter clothes go untouched.
But one tangible sign of autumn this year is the opening of Get Real: New American Painting. Warm color palettes of mustard, caramel, cranberry, sage, pinecone, apple, pumpkin, and wheat radiate from works by eight contemporary painters from across the country.
They depict the American experience from rural landscapes to urban streetscapes. The products of diverse educational and geographic roots, these young painters, mostly under the age of forty, are charting a path for contemporary American realist painting.
Although rooted in a strong tradition of realist painting, they are also very much products of the modern world and the global information age. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit with several of the exhibition artists during the members’ preview.
One of the painters in Get Real, Jason John, will work in a specially created studio space on our third floor throughout the exhibition. An assistant professor of painting at University of North Florida in Jacksonville, John will create a new piece in this studio, allowing MOCA visitors to catch a glimpse of an artist at work.
Three women featured in Get Real —Haley Hassler, Andrea Kowch, and Jenny Morgan—will discuss the figures in their artwork in a panel discussion called Women Painting Women.
Another talented female will be featured in Project Atrium in November. Three series of Angela Strassheim’s sharply focused images highlight her forensic approach to photography. Her training in crime scene and autopsy photography marries with her fine arts education, resulting in images of exacting composition and meticulous detail—from carefully edited tableaux of family life to controlled documentations of evidence to unflinching close-ups of human hearts.
Visitors will witness more evidence of MOCA’s close connection with the UNF this fall. An exceptional Art and Design Department senior will complete a new body of work during MOCA’s artist-in-residence program. With the help of the curatorial and education departments, the student will hone her skills throughout the semester, culminating in a fifth floor exhibition.