Jasmine Lindquist’s latest series of acrylic paintings, WONDER, portrays human adventure and evolutions amongst fantastical landscapes, vibrant colors, and curious symbols. This exhibition asks viewers to explore their own intimate reflections as they relate to uncommon and beautiful events and the stories therein. Reminiscent of Through the Looking Glass, WONDER delivers moments of surprising contact, chance encounters, and enduring strength along the journey. - The Curators, 81C, Feb 2022
Acclaimed Virgin Islands artist Augustin Kelvin Holder presents Intrepid Journey, a full scale exhibition of abstract works on view at 81C. Through altered landscapes, recurring symbolism, and odes to memory, Mr. Holder has produced a collection of paintings which are as visually engaging as they are obscure, complex, yet hopeful. Bold strokes, bright colors, and distorted lines feel familiar yet foreign. Those who experienced Mr. Holder's previous exhibition (Beyond the Horizon, 2021) will witness progressions towards both arcane and lighthearted concepts, as even homages to outsider artists and abstract titans emerge, all while remaining true to one distinct and evolving geography that is unmistakably his own intrepid journey.
St. Thomas artist Prea Bhandari’s debut exhibition, Euphoria, is a color-burst-rebellion and a strong statement from a young artist achieving her prolific pursuit. Presenting a dynamic blend of both abstract craft and portraiture, Ms. Bhandari's artistic practices are both technically mysterious and purely cutting edge. This exhibition’s thirty nine pieces were created throughout 2021, culminating in a psychedelic collection that challenges preconceptions of fine art while asking viewers to consider subjectively what each piece invokes within. EXPLORE THE EXHIBITION
With beauty, humor, and signature homage to the macabre, Kristin Forbes-Mullane’s Coming up for Air represents works that are unique not just for their curious subject matter, but for the exceptional detail and life-like qualities they deliver. Coming up for Air highlights the capability and technique of a powerful self-taught artist whose prolific pursuits as a painter and tattoo shop proprietor on St. Thomas, are unassuming, artistically motivating, and undeniably impressive.
III is a group exhibition featuring three artists presently living and working in the Virgin Islands. Ieshia George, Jasmine Lindquist, and Jenny Hawks, all drawing from various sources of inspiration and talent, present new works on view at 81C. Differing styles, mediums, and subjects ask viewers to reflect upon their own personal narratives and interpretations.
During artist Laurie Smithwick’s first visit to St. Thomas, she roamed the streets of town, stunned by the saturated colors in every out-of-the-way spot her wandering took her. What struck her were the unique combinations — on churches, gates, storefronts, and homes; blues and oranges, purples and pinks, reds and turquoises, all shouting for attention regardless of how tucked away they may have been. By the end of day four, she had taken over three hundred photographs. She realized she was collecting the colors of Charlotte Amalie, colors she has now reproduced in her monotype prints that make up Split-Complementary - Color-Baked Monotypes. Each print was inspired by a single photograph of a specific building — some may be recognizable, and some may be perfectly new, but they all add up to that familiar color-soaked feeling you’ll recognize as quintessentially historic Charlotte Amalie.
There are countless ethereal tales in Virgin Islands Contemporary, which ask the viewer to deeply consider not only the figures, colors, and woven layers we inspect, but the viewer’s most personal conditions within the collective human story of time. We see figurative icons turning mysterious, and innocents growing wise and powerful. There is a futurism to the work that challenges the viewer to take note on personal consequence, tradition, and performance. Considerations for the artist’s technical processes are highly intriguing concepts, but only after you reconcile the impulsive stream of consciousness this show so profoundly inspires. Mr. Downes provides a force of insight without the need for immediate clarity or a sure conveyance of narrative control. The artist trusts the viewer to summon what is needed, personally, and does so with grace. This important and pivotal exhibition features a heavyweight fighter of an artist in his absolute prime.
This collection of Jared Shomo’s infrared photography, presented on metal prints, represents what the artist describes as unseen energies, and delivers a departure from the formality, expectation, and mainstream social definitions of natural beauty. The level of intrigue Mr. Shomo stands to invoke through this collection is profoundly complex, as there are trust issues in the art world associated with flipping any traditional medium on its crown, nonetheless while portraying heavenly or pure subjects. Mr. Shomo has done this so boldly, using a near-alchemy that transcends unspoken boundaries with a sense of effortlessness, all while honoring precious natural and cultural icons through an eye that is strong, exact, evocative, and changed. Virgin Islands Infrared gives the viewer dynamic insight into a fine art photographer working with earthly beauty and timelessness using avant-garde formulas, and advancing the experience through a trifecta of critical technologies, intimate presentation, and a masterful eye.
This collection of sixteen paintings, all created in 2020, represents a calendar year where humanity has dealt with vast personal and collective uncertainties while enduring a global pandemic. The Abstract Expressionism on display captures the zeitgeist of the United States, Europe, and elsewhere, as we maneuver through medicinal, political, philosophical, and psychological landscapes. Mr. Holder’s work challenges the viewer to embrace a unique journey and to explore the unknown or unfamiliar visceral concepts through a prism of collective consciousness. Throughout this collection of paintings there are many threads that connect the work. Vibrancy of color, brush strokes, and visible layers of process all offer intrigue, forensic curiosity, and perhaps emotional reprieve during a time where love, hope, and the regaining of a sense of personal and individual normalcy in society is profoundly desired. It is our wish that the viewer engages and reflects in response to the exploration of the open themes in these paintings. With Beyond the Horizon, Mr. Holder offers the welcome surprise of inspiration and courage during a time when thirst for new incarnations, new beginnings, new love, and positive transformations are dire.