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Exhibition - Jonni Cheatwood | Strange to Meet You
Tappan presents Strange to Meet You by Jonni Cheatwood:
Tappan is proud to present, Strange To Meet You, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Los Angeles painter Jonni Cheatwood. In residence at the Tappan Atelier since December 2016, Cheatwood’s paintings describe broad visual ideas stemming from still life, abstraction, and minimalism.
These diverse histories, sewn together by Cheatwood, speak to the artist’s own multi-cultural heritage. This new direction for Cheatwood has been largely influenced by his residency experience and surrounding, working out of his studio at the Atelier in the Fashion District, where access to material is ample. This access coupled with the large working space has allowed Cheatwood to expand his process and explore a more autobiographical narrative in his practice.
Jonni Cheatwood says
"Process is everything for me as a painter. There has always been this game going on in my practice of balancing negative space and structure, which I love. "
Jonni Cheatwood’s paintings describe the broad visual ideas stemming from still life, abstraction and minimalism. The graffiti-like scribbles, scratches and primitive colors of Cheatwood’s work is the controlled chaotic work of an erudite, expressionist.. “Process is everything for me as a painter.
There has always been this game going on in my practice of balancing negative space and structure, which I love. I tend to use differing fabrics that I sew together to allow my paintings take a breath when they need to. I try to include everything I can within a canvas without overwhelming myself, as well as the viewer. For these works, I focused on the interaction with the viewer of the painting, as I want my audience feel involved. For example, when I write something within a canvas, make a mark, use a color, sew, or let my work roll around my studio floor, I'm interacting.
I'm trying to convey an honesty by showing you the bones of this painting, as well as my process, and not just what's on the surface.”Cheatwood’s work is defined by its palpable energy, as he intends for the viewer to be as involved with the painting as he is.
Animated by his surroundings and time at the Atelier, Strange to Meet You celebrates this productive period in Cheatwood’s practice, where his paintings are taking on a life of their own. Jonni Cheatwood is a Brazilian-American visual artist working primarily in painting. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Our artist programs facilitate exhibitions with galleries, independent exhibition spaces, and the Tappan Atelier, offering the opportunity for artists to showcase their work in the physical realm.