Exposures: Jamie Earnest: Private Spaces / Public Personas

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February 17 – May 1, 2016
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February 17, 2016 May 1, 2016
Jamie Earnest, Hockney’s Game Room, 2015, courtesy of the artist

Exposures: A window display and artist product series in The Warhol Store

The series title Exposures refers to artists given the chance to showcase their work in a broad, public arena—The Warhol Store and its street-facing windows. The Warhol Store gives exposure to artists—both local and international—selling limited edition works, and the museum showcases young, emerging artists in a way similar to how a young Andy Warhol launched his career.

Honoring Warhol’s early career as a window dresser in Pittsburgh at Horne’s Department Store and in New York City at Bonwit Teller, the window displays are designed by local masters of fine arts students or recent graduates. In the 1950s, window dressing had become a rite of passage for artists in New York City; painters Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns also designed props and displays for commercial stores. For his 1961 Bonwit Teller windows, Warhol used five of his paintings based on comics and advertisements—Superman, Little King, Saturday’s Popeye, Advertisement, and Before and After (1)—as backdrops for mannequins dressed in spring dresses.

Exposures: Jamie Earnest: Private Spaces / Public Personas

The 2016 season of Exposures launches with the work of Jamie Earnest, senior BFA student at Carnegie Mellon University. Earnest’s installation Private Spaces / Public Personas coincides with the temporary exhibition Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua: Voice For My Father, Michael Chow’s first solo exhibition in the U.S., and it is on view in The Warhol Store’s street-facing windows.

For this series Earnest creates three new large-scale paintings that incorporate details from the private, residential spaces of both Andy Warhol and Chow. Mined from the Sotheby’s catalogues of Warhol’s estate sale, Earnest incorporates objects and other interior details from Warhol’s private townhouse. Famous for his collection of cookie jars, Warhol was also an avid collector of American decorative art and paintings from his contemporaries like Basquiat and Lichtenstein. Bringing these objects in dialogue with details from Chow’s home in Los Angeles, sourced from press articles online, Earnest’s paintings present abstracted views of the private dwellings of these two famous personas. In her painting practice Earnest uses unconventional materials such as aluminum tape, carpet fuzz, insulation, drywall tape, cement, contact paper, latex gloves, and joint compound, and she seeks to explore how abstract spaces such as “home” can be defined through the complex relationship between objects and memory.

Earnest is the recipient of the prestigious Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship. Through this fellowship she attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art in summer 2015. Earnest has participated in several group exhibitions including Great Waves II at Revision Space and Future Tenant in Pittsburgh. She has also had the opportunity to show her work in Alabama and New York. Earnest currently lives and works in Pittsburgh.

Exposures is curated by Jessica Beck, associate curator of art.

February 17, 2016 May 1, 2016
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Exposures: A window display and artist product series in The Warhol Store

The series title Exposures refers to artists given the chance to showcase their work in a broad, public arena—The Warhol Store and its street-facing windows. The Warhol Store gives exposure to artists—both local and international—selling limited edition works, and the museum showcases young, emerging artists in a way similar to how a young Andy Warhol launched his career.

Honoring Warhol’s early career as a window dresser in Pittsburgh at Horne’s Department Store and in New York City at Bonwit Teller, the window displays are designed by local masters of fine arts students or recent graduates. In the 1950s, window dressing had become a rite of passage for artists in New York City; painters Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns also designed props and displays for commercial stores. For his 1961 Bonwit Teller windows, Warhol used five of his paintings based on comics and advertisements—Superman, Little King, Saturday’s Popeye, Advertisement, and Before and After (1)—as backdrops for mannequins dressed in spring dresses.

Exposures: Jamie Earnest: Private Spaces / Public Personas

The 2016 season of Exposures launches with the work of Jamie Earnest, senior BFA student at Carnegie Mellon University. Earnest’s installation Private Spaces / Public Personas coincides with the temporary exhibition Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua: Voice For My Father, Michael Chow’s first solo exhibition in the U.S., and it is on view in The Warhol Store’s street-facing windows.

For this series Earnest creates three new large-scale paintings that incorporate details from the private, residential spaces of both Andy Warhol and Chow. Mined from the Sotheby’s catalogues of Warhol’s estate sale, Earnest incorporates objects and other interior details from Warhol’s private townhouse. Famous for his collection of cookie jars, Warhol was also an avid collector of American decorative art and paintings from his contemporaries like Basquiat and Lichtenstein. Bringing these objects in dialogue with details from Chow’s home in Los Angeles, sourced from press articles online, Earnest’s paintings present abstracted views of the private dwellings of these two famous personas. In her painting practice Earnest uses unconventional materials such as aluminum tape, carpet fuzz, insulation, drywall tape, cement, contact paper, latex gloves, and joint compound, and she seeks to explore how abstract spaces such as “home” can be defined through the complex relationship between objects and memory.

Earnest is the recipient of the prestigious Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship. Through this fellowship she attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art in summer 2015. Earnest has participated in several group exhibitions including Great Waves II at Revision Space and Future Tenant in Pittsburgh. She has also had the opportunity to show her work in Alabama and New York. Earnest currently lives and works in Pittsburgh.

Exposures is curated by Jessica Beck, associate curator of art.

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