Cups and Grids, Vadis Turner

September 17 - October 31, 2020

Geary is pleased to present Cups and Grids, a solo exhibition by Vadis Turner.

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In Turner’s new work, largely produced within the last six months, a conversation between disparate forces: austerity and vulnerability, weight and flight, structures and unruliness is considered. This body of work evolved from a dual interest in Brutalist Architecture and the biology/behavior of moths. An architectural dialogue, as told by materials like concrete and insulation emerges with a boundless energy in moments throughout the exhibition, but with with questions of fragility and meekness- a leather hide grid drawn in space drapes onto a concrete substrate; a pair of cups composed of concrete and lined with cherry-red bedsheet fragments; charred wood vessels with textiles suspended in decomposition.

Turner considers formal relationships of domestic spaces with a gendered history of hierarchy, challenging and exploding this binary facade: the rigidity of the grids and the potential fullness of the vessel depend on each other. Only when the grids melt into limp linear systems can the cups realize their potential to transgress their vesselness.

Cups and grids emerge and fade, and become each other through the work that Turner presents on the walls and in space.

Vadis Turner’s work transforms gendered materials into abstract paintings and sculptures. Connecting generations of women, her work re-contextualizes domestic textiles and other gendered materials.

Vadis Turner

Vadis Turner’s first solo museum exhibition was presented at the Frist Art Museum in 2017. Her current show is on view at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Her next solo museum project will be at the Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Art in 2023. Turner was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2016.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, 21C Museum, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee State Museum and the Hunter Museum of American Art. Turner’s work has been presented at numerous museums and institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, ICA Portland, Andy Warhol Museum, The Bunker Artspace, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Islip art Museum, Knoxville Museum and Cheekwood Museum. Residencies include Yaddo, Museum of Arts & Design, Materials for the Arts, Hambidge Center and a Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. Selected press includes Artforum, New York Times, Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Art Papers, Burnaway, Wallpaper*, Elle Magazine,, Observer, Artnet, and White Hot Magazine.

Her projects have also been funded by the Barbara Demming Memorial Fund and The Current Art Fund, a TriStar Arts regranting program through the Andy Warhol Foundation. Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University. She is currently the Hamblet Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt University and is represented by Geary in Millerton, NY.