Valentina De’ Mathà
Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud’s respective practices are largely figurative. Their work employs allied strategies and materials in which the figure is absent, but nonetheless grounds the work.
Charlton playfully associates surrogates for the body, collected images of cultural artifacts and their politic, and scrapbooking embellishments. She uses collaged elements and stickers for their humor. They also work as a visual shorthand to a commodity politic read off image. The images are dense with particular meanings, but even out of context, they bring the shadow of their histories.
Formally, Doud’s paintings present as abstractions. However, these conceptual abstractions address consumerism, of both fashion and high modernist and faux-action painting, economic and social identities, and the absurd mixing of cultural signs. Branding serves as backdrop to a broader discussion of how commodity signifies.
In ally, Charlton and Doud employ a bricolage aesthetic as they go culturally drifting, borrowing images in an economy of meaning outside their original cultural reference.
Zoë Charlton (Baltimore, MD) creates drawigns that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She depicts her subject’s relationship with their world by combining images of culturally loaded objects and landscapes with undressed bodies. She received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (Skowhegan, ME, 2001), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD, 2003), and Art342 (Fort Collins, CO, 2010). Her recent exhibitions include ConnerSmith. (Washington, DC, 2013), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE, 2009), and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2006). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC, 2015), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014), Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX, 2000), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland 2006), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland, 2006). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and Rubys grant (2014) . Charlton is an Associate Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC. She is represented by ConnerSmith, Washington D.C.
Tim Doud was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He graduated from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri with a B.S. in Painting and Drawing and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing. He received a Residency to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. He has had solo shows at MC Magma in Milan, Italy, Priska C Juschka Fine Art in New York, NY, Galerie Brusberg, Berlin, Germany The Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, IL and Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundations and The Pollock-Krasner Art Foundation. Doud has exhibited in group shows at Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, PS1 (MOMA) in New York City, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Artists Space in New York City and the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Doud’s work has been reviewed in Tema Celeste, Milan, Italy; The Washington Post, Washington, DC; Die Welt,Berlin, Germany; The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL; The New York Times, NY, NY and The New Art Examiner, Chicago, IL. He has lectured at The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; The Corcoran School of Art +Design, Washington, DC; University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington, IN; School of Art and Design at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and California College of Art and Design, San Francisco, CA.
Mixed Media Collage
Acrylic Spray Paint, oil Enamel