Paintings by Clay Mahn, Nicole Anastas, and Clay Mahn in exhibition Cartouche at Uprise Art.

Uprise Art is pleased to present Cartouche, an exhibition of new paintings by Clay Mahn, Laura Naples, and Nicole Anastas.

Anastas’s unique process seamlessly integrates traditional techniques such as embroidery and fraying, enriching the canvas with a tactile and multidimensional surface. The predominantly monochromatic palette emphasizes the topography of her paintings, allowing for the interaction of light, form, and texture to shine.

Mahn directs our gaze to the canvas's surface, which he transforms with nuanced variations achieved through the application of chalk and buffed wax. Embracing a philosophy of subtraction over addition, Mahn meticulously sands each layer, gradually revealing underlying forms and compositional motifs. He introduces loose patterning across the canvas - delicate circles meander across the facade, their ethereal presence providing a striking visual contrast to the weathered texture of the surface.

Within her larger paintings, Naples embeds small canvas blocks that punctuate the works like gemstones, offering a tactile and visual contrast to the surrounding space. Similar to inclusions in diamonds, the irregularities and supposed flaws are identifying markers that underscore the specific series of events, such as the environment, confluence of materials, and asserted pressure, that created each unique work.

Like a cartouche, which demarcates a name or lineage within its circumscribed border and serves as an ornamental embellishment, these paintings by Anastas, Mahn, and Naples unveil the inherent beauty and complexities of their processes, and cement the artist’s signature strokes and vocabulary within the artwork surface.

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  • Laura NaplesCleveland, OH

    Laura Naples (b. 1979) is an artist based in Hudson, Ohio. Laura's work explores the energy of wonder she perceives in the natural world and objects shaped by human hands. A former graphic designer, dancer, and calligraphy artist, Laura senses the subtleties of form, rhythm, and line. She applies diluted acrylic washes to canvas and paper, allowing water to diffuse pigments into gradient textures. Contrasts unfold across stances of surrender and intention as she layers gestural marks; then, accents alignments with linework. Laura cultivates rituals of meditation, movement, and self-inquiry that are fostered, infused, and embodied in her work.

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  • Nicole AnastasLos Angeles, CA

    Nicole Anastas creates topographic paintings that are often pulled apart and reassembled, leaving areas that are frayed, gritty, and scarred but also smooth, ornate, and beautiful.

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  • Clay MahnMissoula, MT

    Clay Mahn’s (b.1988) painting process is characterized by his use of subtraction rather than addition. By layering paint and subsequently sanding portions of each layer off, his work unearths and reveals forms which seem to already exist. Playfully engaging with elements of language, repetition, and motifs, Mahn’s paintings are deliberately composed while remaining organic. Mahn has exhibited internationally and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Missoula, Montana.

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Uprise Art

264 Canal Street, 4W

New York, NY


Mar 25, 2024-May 24, 2024


Opening ReceptionApr 4, 2024