MCA Announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York

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June 2, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York, on view June 10–July 24 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

Seascapes will feature paintings completed by York since 2014. The series addresses the human desire to camouflage for self-defense, as well as the exploration of beauty and what makes something or someone aesthetically pleasing. York’s paintings are filled with colorful and oceanic forms that often decorate the silhouette of the human form, questioning the human desire to decorate oneself in order to suit society’s standard of beauty. “Compared to other species, humans display fears about personal appearance in ways that no other creature does,” said York, “but there are similarities in the desire of animals to camouflage and defend themselves from predators, and to alter their appearance in order to attract a mate. One such creature is the decorator crab, which collects bits of its surroundings like vegetation, coral and smaller organisms and covers its entire body. Inspired by this creature’s practice and my love-hate relationship with altering my own appearance, I paint stylized, androgynous human figures that are almost unrecognizable with the oceanic patterns and forms covering their bodies. In this series, the human form has been reconstructed. The surface of each painting is inviting, but also confusing and tumultuous—challenging the idea that decorating oneself is as advantageous as many of us have been led to believe.”

York earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2012 with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History. York works for MCA as the Community Education Assistant, and maintains a studio practice out of her home that she shares with fellow Memphis artist and MCA alumnus Eric Quick. York will have work featured in the exhibition Deconstruct/Reconstruct with Amy Hartelust at the Memphis Botanic Garden through June 30. She was also recently awarded a commission along with 8 other artists to create a custom painting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to be displayed on one of their patient floors. York has exhibited at other notable locations including the Gibson Gallery at the James Lee House, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum and in the Kentucky National Juried Exhibition at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.

Photo: Chloe York, “The Decorator XXVI,” acrylic on panel, 2014  

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