JDJ is thrilled to participate in NADA Miami 2023 with a two-artist presentation with Heather Guertin and Susan Weil.
Heather Guertin, Keeper Loop, 2023, Oil on canvas, 66 x 54 in
Awash in color and texture, Heather Guertin’s intricate oil paintings are derived from images she finds in discarded books. Approaching the act of painting with a sense of openness, Guertin searches for her paintings through the material she comes across, allowing the found imagery to guide the form, color and value in the painting. Guertin manipulates the paint in highly textured ways, turning realistic subject matter into abstraction through her brushwork: large, thick swoops of oil paint and tiny raised dots on top of fields of color, a reference to the printing mechanics of the found images. The resulting works are, in essence, an act of transformation, as she filters the collages through her own painterly vision.
Heather Guertin, Stairway, 2023, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in
Heather Guertin, Radius, 2023, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in
At 93 years old, Susan Weil continues to make incredibly dynamic work that is exemplary of her singular vision. The gallery is delighted to be exhibiting new work by Weil for the first time, alongside works from the 1980s from her Soft Folds series. She deconstructs the picture plane, coaxing representational imagery into abstraction through her use of a fractured picture plane, often by using a multi-component construction to her works. Weil’s inspiration for her diverse oeuvre draws from nature, literature, art history, and her own lived experience. Weil’s new works on view incorporate shimmering or opalescent surfaces that reinforce a sense of movement within her compositions.
Susan Weil, Sunbath, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 37 x 37 in
Susan Weil, Untitled (Copper Coffee), 2022, Acrylic and graphite on paper, copper wire mesh, copper tape, 24 x 12 in
Susan Weil, Sorrowing, 1985, Acrylic on canvas, 26 1/2 x 14 in
Heather Guertin (b. 1981, Worcester, MA, lives and works in Red Hook, NY) received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has recently exhibited at JDJ, New York, NY and Garrison, NY, Commonwealth and Council x Galería Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico City, Broadway Gallery, New York, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Flag Art Foundation, New York, Bortolami, New York, among others.
Heather Guertin, Shell Burst (Locket), 2023, Oil on canvas, 17 x 15 in
Susan Weil (b. 1930, New York, NY, lives and works in New York, NY) came of age as an artist in the postwar period studying under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College with Willem & Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg & Cy Twombly. Her work is included in a number of international museum and institutional collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; The Menil Collection, Houston; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm among others.
Susan Weil, Shhh!, 2023, Acrylic and linen on artist board, 49 1/2 x 49 1/2 in