Opening Reception: May 5, 7-10 PM
Tugboat Gallery Proudly Presents: A Soft Slouch, A Rigid Splint, A group show featuring Knoxville, Tennessee based artists Eleanor Aldrich, Eric Cagley, and Corinna Ray.
Elements of paintings fall out into space, carpets creep up the wall, and book-sized paintings become the heaviest thing in the room in a space-altering exhibition presenting fullness and gaps. A Soft Slouch, A Rigid Splint is a group exhibition by Knoxville, Tennessee based artists Eleanor Aldrich, Eric Cagley, and Corinna Ray.
Eleanor Aldrich paints commonplace objects removed from their home in painting space and asked instead to sway, stand, and hold their ground without bearings.
Eric Cagley constructs thick and rigid paintings that leave gaps as they are severed and misaligned - begging to be treated like an injury, yet ultimately unhealable.
Corinna Ray makes carpet relief carvings that exist dislocated from time, only taking shape to vacillate between mutations of desire and your own proclivities.
In the work of all three artists, materials are acting exactly as themselves. It’s the perception of depth and illusion that troubles density, tactility, materiality and perspective in the work.
Eleanor Aldrich holds an MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she currently lives. She was a participant in the Drawing Center’s first Open Sessions and her work has been included in New American Paintings and on Artforum.com. She also has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
Eric Cagley is from Clinton, Iowa. He received his BFA from the University of Iowa and his MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He constructs paintings by layering acrylic paint into sheets that he then cuts, arranges/rearranges. The restrictions created by this process allows him to focus on form, line, and color.
Corinna Ray is an artist living and working in Knoxville, TN. She is originally from south Alabama and received her BFA from Birmingham-Southern College. Recently, she concluded her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with her solo MFA thesis exhibition, Whetstone. Her work has been included in New American Paintings and she will be attending the Wassaic Artists Residency and the Oxbow MFA Residency this summer.