SANDY CHISM

Regarding the Incidence of Purpose: Curated by Matthew Weldon Showman

January 2 – February 8, 2014

SANDY CHISM
Rumble, 2009
oil on panel
80 x 90 inches

SANDY CHISM
Out of Stillness, 2010
oil on panels
80 x 96 inches

SANDY CHISM
Tending, 2010
oil on panels
80 x 104 inches

SANDY CHISM
Levee Break, c. 2005
acrylic on canvas
46 x 72 inches

SANDY CHISM
Crossing, 2012
oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches

SANDY CHISM
Tending an Old Task, 2011
oil on paper
21 x 28.5 inches

SANDY CHISM
Easement, 2011
oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches

SANDY CHISM
Rise, 2012
oil on canvas
22 x 28 inches

SANDY CHISM
Somebody Could Get Hurt, 1997
mixed media, acrylic on panel
67 x 74 inches

SANDY CHISM
Conversion II, c. 2004
latex enamel on panel
68 x 48 inches

SANDY CHISM
Coming to Meet, c. 2004
latex enamel on panel
68 x 48 inches

SANDY CHISM
Return II, 2002
acrylic on panel

32 x 48 inches

SANDY CHISM
Sprinter, 2010
acrylic and found materials on panel
80 x 18 inches

SANDY CHISM
Spin, 2010
steel on panel
80 x 18 inches

SANDY CHISM
Untitled, c. 2006
oil and acrylic on canvas
48 x 72 inches

SANDY CHISM
G-R-R-R-R, c. 2006
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

SANDY CHISM
Stand-Still, c. 2006
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

SANDY CHISM
Spotlight, 2006
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

SANDY CHISM
Untitled, c. 2006
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

SANDY CHISM
Who Goes?, 2006
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches

SANDY CHISM
Shrink, c. 2006
acrylic on canvas
14 x 11 inches

SANDY CHISM
Many as One, 1999
acrylic on panel
48 x 48 inches

PRESS RELEASE ::: SANDY CHISM --- 'Regarding the Incidence of Purpose'

JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is proud to announce Regarding the Incidence of Purpose, a memorial retrospective of the work of artist SANDY CHISM, curated by Matthew Weldon Showman. One year after the artist’s passing, the exhibition honors Chism and her work. Regarding the Incidence of Purpose will be on view from January 1st through February 7th, 2014, with opening receptions on Saturday, January 4th, 5-7pm, Saturday January 11th, 5-8pm and February 1st, 6-9pm

SANDY CHISM was a Professor of Painting in the Newcomb Department of Art at Tulane University from 1996 - 2012.  She had a BFA from University of Kansas and an MFA from University of Arizona where she studied under famed painter Robert Colescott. Chism had six solo exhibitions with the gallery since 1999 and her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. In July of 2000, a ten-year survey of her work was exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center, entitled Sandy Chism: A Survey and included paintings as well as large scaled mixed-media installations. A catalog was published by the Contemporary Arts Center.  She has received grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation and been awarded residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute and the First International Colony of Artists in Debrecen, Hungary. Her paintings are featured in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection in Los Angeles, Emprise Bank in Wichita, Kansas, and Liquitex Paints, New Jersey. Chism's work has been reviewed in Art in America, New Orleans Art Review, The Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, Forum Magazine and The Journal Santa Fe. She is known for her works that combine the ethereal and the concrete. Similarly, her work often incorporates imagery to describe the flux between opposites in nature such as the cycles of life and death, the single versus the multiple, the micro and the macro, stillness and frenzy and chaos versus order.

Showman describes the artist’s body of work:

Regarding the Incidence of Purpose; this phrase inherently poses juxtaposition in concept. Similarly, Sandy Chism’s paintings are wrought with these sorts of contradictions: strength/weakness, conflict/accord, natural/man-made, real/imagined, hope/despair . . . This internal struggle can be seen in all of the various bodies of work that Chism produced over her 35 year career. Presented side by side in this exhibition, these works illustrate one seamless narrative of struggle, memory and nature. The paintings consistently air poetically towards the positive. Chism created haunting yet uplifting visions to profoundly inspire the viewer.

On January 2nd, 2013, Chism died from ovarian cancer at age 55. Her spirit lives on through her work. The Sandy Chism Estate is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.