frosch&portmann, New York
Eva Lake, Brad Nelson & Yanik Wagner
Interwined With Life. Our Homes, Our Streets, Our Objects
Eva Lake’s collages and the paintings by Brad Nelson and Yanik Wagner share an interest in the everyday life, our daily rituals and rhythms. While Lake and Nelson focus on the domestic space and commonplace household and interior objects, Wagner takes us into the world outside the home to the streets of our immediate neighborhood or the highways of a regular and repetitive commute.
Eva Lake has a love / hate relationship with the Mid Century, including the perfect homes and the perfect women. In her new series ”In Every Dream Home A Heartache" (from the title of Roxy Music song), she continues to explore the luscious confines of "beauty" in her collages, she circles round to interiors, a domain of identity and “creativity” that women were traditionally allowed, to some extent, to control. The memories of perfection linger and you feel the presence of these women, even when they are not there.
Brad Nelson incorporates his art production into his daily life, and vice versa. His recent paintings depict objects of a domestic life he choose to connect with, be it the cardboard packaging from a yogurt maker, the bed sheet bag in which new linens were packaged, or an old clip-top storage container; he looks for subject matter in what comes to him. Nelson is interested in how a daily ritual or rhythm, that is to varying degrees outside his sphere of control, can be the driving force behind what he chooses to paint. Still-life paintings seem to be the perfect fit since its history is irrevocably tied to domestic life.
Yanik Wagner’s road sceneries capture the mundane and ordinary in an inherently mysterious world. Based on observation and memory, his paintings are distillations of particular places and events. In the familiarity of the ordinary, the viewer is left with the absurdity of the world that induces a sense of connectedness among us all. Wagner’s works convey the unique experience of being on the road, the thrill that lies in the moving, watching the passing landscape change and pausing spontaneously on impulse.