St. Charles is pleased to present Rainbow of Chaos, a collection of paintings exploring landscape and abstraction through the collision of micro and macro worlds. In conversation with his friend Joachim Gasquet, Cezanne talks about the process of painting a landscape, “…first I have to discover the geographic strata. Imagine that the history of the world dates from the day when two atoms met, when two whirlwinds, two chemicals joined together. I can see rising these rainbows, these cosmic prisms, this dawn of ourselves above nothingness.” The painters in Rainbow of Chaos brush up against chaos through encounters with the sublime and passes through history. They explode the cellular, hack into geology, and question context.
Jennifer Coates riffs on modernist masters in a vision quest dream sequence. She channels otherworldly forces to create pagan, alien meeting grounds where time and body dislocate. The ground pools with rainbow drips, forming puddles of gesture. Shonah Trescott manipulates landscapes pictured on vintage Union Oil Company postcards with acidic, gestural weather. Each one a token of corporate mythology and nostalgic for the freshness of plein air painting. Patterns resemble microscopic microbial geometry in Peter Makela’s paintings. Petroglyphs emerge out of tone and color generated from primary palettes. Jeffery Kent’s exploration of Henrietta Lacks’s miraculous cell growth generates luminous and mysterious surfaces, offering joyous colors amid muddy territory. Jeremy Stenger brings organic shapes into compositional alignment through moody but neutral color schemes. His work appears like an ex-ray of the forest floor.
St. Charles is a Project Space curated by Dominic Terlizzi.
The Gallery is located between Charles Street and St. Paul Street on 27th Street in Baltimore city.
Our entrance is on the ground floor behind the central lobby. Enter at the south side along 27th St.
We are interested in realizing curatorial visions and strategies contingent on our location, space, and networks.
It is encouraged that you experience projects in person during openings.
St. Charles shares space with Foundry Architects.