“Our collective experience of the world pandemic has been one wherein we have shared a sense of time suspended. These paintings, made during this unusual experience of time and the ever-present presentiment of loss, embody the tension between the two.”
– Alice Attie
Mignoni presents the gallery’s first exhibition with New York City-based artist Alice Attie, titled Take Care of Yourself. It is Attie’s first solo exhibition in New York since 2014, for which she has produced new work.
The show includes drawings, paintings, and works on paper from three different series:
Attie’s C19 series was made over many months during the lockdown in New York City. Each of these paintings and drawings consists of repeated marks that meet the surface of the canvas or paper, over and over, in incremental shifts. The works are elegiac and celebratory, marking both presence and absence: every mark is in the name of.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
These ink-on-paper drawings, made between 2015 and 2021, are inspired by the late lectures of Michel Foucault. The lectures concern the history, practices, and disciplines of the concept of care. The subtle distinction between writing and drawing, between meaning and the suspension of it, is the formal tension that Attie invokes.
Attie’s gouache-on-paper Stone paintings were completed in 2020. The six works were inspired by stones gathered from beaches around the world.
Alice Attie’s practice embraces the repetitive, both as a theoretical and formal concept. Her works are sites of becoming, composed of marks that, over time and through gradual shifts, trace the possibilities of inscription.
The works of artist, writer, and poet Alice Attie (1950) are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, and The Studio Museum of Harlem in New York City; The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. She has published two volumes of poetry with Seagull Books.
Courtesy of the artist and Mignoni, New York