My Vicious Throbbing Heart

Terri Smith

May 26, 2018 – September 9, 2018

“My Vicious Throbbing Heart: Animating Desire in Abstract Painting,” a group show curated by Risa Puleo, investigates the intersection of abstraction and animism as emphasized by certain formal qualities — goopy, sticky, ooey-gooey or otherwise materially luscious surfaces — in combination with aspects of pattern and repetitions such as flutter, throbbing, palpitation, pulsating, and orgiastic rhythms. Featuring a diverse selection of queer artists working in abstraction, “My Vicious Throbbing Heart” will be on view May 26 through September 9, 2018. 

In “My Vicious Throbbing Heart,” paintings by Anna Betbeze, Leidy Churchman, Anne Cousineau, Keltie Ferris, Matt Morris, Carrie Moyer, Lisi Raskin, Sigrid Sandstrӧm, Laurel Sparks, Latham Zearfoss & Claire Arctander, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung take the forms of videos, installations of colored fabric and potpourri, a rope and rock assemblage, alchemical experiments on canvas and the gallery floor, and charred and dyed fur. The artists luxuriate in materiality while challenging the medium-specificity of painting.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and New Canaan Community Foundation. In-kind sponsors are Purdue Pharma LP and Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown.