Tuesday, June 19, 2012


jordan faye contemporary 1401 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230 443.955.1547

Melissa Matsuki LillieMelissa Matsuki Lille, Pinto, acrylic on canvas


June 2 - July 28 / 2012

Melissa Matsuki Lillie's painting celebrates explosions of form and color that are bold, clean and intricate. The forms and lines are both gestural and natural with a sense of color that is vibrant but balanced. These paintings engulf the viewer with a microscopic window that reveals landscapes and patterns teaming with movement and energy.

Melissa Matsuki Lillie was born in Maryland. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in General Sculptural Studies with a Minor in Art History. Her work has been exhibited in Massachusetts, New York and Maryland since 2007. She currently lives and works in North Adams, Massachusetts. This is Lillie's second solo exhibition with Jordan Faye Contemporary since 2009. 

(image : Pinto, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches)


Lawrence CromwellLawrence Cromwell, Atom Tan

new works

June 2 - July 28 / 2012 

Color, image, and hints of text blend together in this confrontational and intricate work. Cromwell's paintings present us with fragments of psychological and political imagery that weave with fields of color. Cromwell writes about his own work, 

"I think of my work as a dark and sardonic roller coaster ride that twists, pulses, and stretches out in an intuitive and self-defining relationship of form.  Interested in the space between thing and non-thing, idea and thought, work and play. I think of the work as a mutating meditation on the tangle and chaotic pulse of consciousness that swings from the poignant to the prurient. Strings, loops and drops of thought intertwine in an associative play that borrows both stylistically and symbolically from low as well as high art. Themes of domestic anxiety, consumption and accumulation intersect with transient and dematerialized expressions of repressions and ego."

Lawrence Cromwell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Tennessee, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Cromwell's work has been in numerous exhibitions across the country from Connecticut to New Mexico; in the mid-Atlantic region he has had a solo exhibition at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (2010) and a two-person exhibition at The Chazan Gallery, Provedince, RI (2008). This is his second exhibition at Jordan Faye Contemporary.

(image : detail of Atom Tan, oil and wax on shaped panel, 45 x 44.5 x 3 inches)


Sophia Narrett   

Even When It's Hard to See

June 2 - July 28 / 2012  Sophia Narrett, Our Path (detail view), 2011, embroidery thread, tulle, evergreen branch, 66 x 42 x 9 inches

“Over the past year I have been creating images with embroidery. Thread, like paint, has the ability to render while still maintaining a unique material identity. Yet the history of thread in craft and our everyday world gives it an objectness that allows resonance with other materials outside of the image. Popular vocabulary and materials or images with camp appeal can express something authentic. Glamour can be sublime, as it comprises a beauty beyond the nature of everyday life, even if it is contrived.” (partial artist statement by Sophia Narrett)

Sophia Narrett graduated from Brown University with a BA with honors in Visual Art (2010). She is now a candidate for an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2014).  Exhibiting since 2009, Narrett's work has been shown in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York, including shows at Mixed Greens (New York, NY), Boston Center for the Arts, and The Pajama Factory (Williamsport, PA). She has attended residences at The Vermont Studio Center and The Pajama Factory. This is her first exhibition at Jordan Faye Contemporary.

(image:: Our Path (detail view), 2011, Embroidery Thread, Tulle, Evergreen Branch, Approx. 66 x 42 x 9 inches)


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Jordan Faye Contemporary
1401 Light Street  Baltimore, MD 21230
Tel: 443.955.1547
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Tues - Sat, 11 AM – 6 PM & by appointment