Duo Exhibition: Window Seat
Bryon Christman & Jocelyn Tsaih
Dates: June 3 - 24, 2023
Reception: Saturday, June 3 | 4 - 7 PM
Glass Rice is proud to present Window Seat, a duo exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Jocelyn Tsaih and Bryon Christman. After a year of working closely as studio mates, both artists have developed individual bodies of work in their unique styles, as well as three collaborative paintings, under a unified concept. Reflecting on identity, memory, and our ability as humans to articulate these ideas drive the work in Window Seat.
With her signature amorphous figure, Tsaih depicts highly emotive scenes reflective of her own inner workings. In her paintings, she engulfs each character in a dark liminal space surrounded by colorful flowers and orbs, heightening intuitive body language with symbolic cues. Her ceramic sculptures complement her paintings with similar poses; transcending their presence from the wall to our physical world. Seeing the figure as an extension of herself, Tsaih expresses a myriad of feelings - peace, growth, and deep contemplation to name a few.
In referencing memories and obscuring the visuals of place and time, Christman’s abstracted black and white landscapes push the boundaries of perception. Through airbrush, the qualities of the medium lend to the foggy frame of mind conveyed. Digging deep into his memory bank of childhood experiences and more recent events, Christman encourages viewers to question how we recollect events when emotion, personal interpretations, and identity come into play. Each painting visually invites the viewer into a portal; drawing the eye further into the nucleus while also picking up as much information as possible from the periphery layers.
Window Seat is an exploratory and reflective journey through the inner-most thoughts of both Tsaih and Christman. In their respective styles and also working in tandem, both artists incorporate the juxtaposition between sharp versus soft and clear versus blurred to broaden the idea of what drives identity, how we come to understand ourselves, and how much of this we can actually articulate. Together, they offer a window seat into their individual worlds as they venture into answering these questions.
The opening reception will run from 4 - 7 pm on June 3 and is open to the general public for walk-ins. Private appointments can be made on our website to view the exhibition after the opening reception through June 24.