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Inside our inaugural exhibition

Over the past couple of months, we have been creating our very own exhibition space at the Uprise Art Loft. Our newly designed space continues our mission to be a space for our artists and their work, a gathering place for collectors, family, and friends, and a workspace for our team.⁠ We are kicking off the 2021 exhibition schedule with All Eyes On Me, a two-person show of paintings by Lindsey Cuenca Walker and Ohni Lisle.

In All Eyes On Me, both Walker and Lisle depict objects and individuals in solitude. Each artist’s graphic forms stand starkly against the vacant yet vibrantly hued landscapes surrounding them, appearing as if illuminated by an other-worldly spotlight.

In Lisle’s series of figure paintings, each silhouetted form is monolithic and mythical. The individual figures are depicted as demigods; they are genderless amorphous spirits. Flattened and confined within the rectangular canvas frame, each form floats in a symbolic space, yet maintains an individual personality, character and agency. They possess power that radiates from within, all the while navigating and conforming to the prescribed space of the world in which they inhabit.

I like celebrating the human form in an abstracted, heightened, and vaugely genderless way. These are more like the souls or essences of people, but they are very much still alive. They take up a lot of space and occupy a simple world. A world that is either from a long time ago, or very far into the future. — Ohni Lisle

Walker’s newest paintings of plants and insects operate within the idiosyncratic framework of her nuanced visual vocabulary. Her bulbous botanicals are boldly outlined, but with a wavering hand.Their isolation is emphasized by the illumination of their forms and the resulting graphic shadows - a spotlight that causes the surrounding context to fade away. As portraits of the familiar, these paintings themselves become companions of sorts; a family of figures that are comforting and constant in one’s life.

My lexicon of images is drawn from my daily life, my surroundings, or some just imagined. I find my work ends up straddling lines or being of a dichotomous nature – strange/familiar, tough/fragile, abstraction/representation – and I think that’s where my interests lie. — Lindsey Cuenca Walker

Lisle and Walker’s paintings are markers of our current moment in time - explorations of the individual when the individual is removed from previous realities and tossed into a space that is too bright to fully make-out, or too vast to define and comprehend.

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