Artists Gina Beavers and EJ Hauser join us in conversation. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Laura Jaramillo.
Gina Beavers, born Athens, Greece 1978 is an artist who lives and works in Newark, NJ. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia (1996), an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College (2005). She creates paintings and installations from photos culled from the Internet and social media and rendered in high Acrylic relief. Series include paintings based on the creative realms of body painting, social media user’s photos of their meals, make-up tutorials, memes, and body builder selfies. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the ICA Miami. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, Modern Painters, and the New Yorker, among others. Her first Institutional show, ‘The Life I Deserve’ opened at MoMA PS1 in 2019. Her first show with Marianne Boesky gallery will open in September 2020 and her first show in Asia will open at Various Small Fires Seoul in December 2021.
EJ Hauser is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, and is represented by Derek Eller Gallery in New York and Philipp Haverkampf Gallery in Berlin. EJ’s paintings are both graphic and open to interpretation, teetering between iconography and something familiar but abstract. This imagery shifts between omnivorous references both ancient and current, her paintings are mysterious talisman, employing buzzing pallets and marks that dance. Stuttering lines form a visual code like musical notes, which coalesce with atmospheric layers to create ineffable messages. Her paintings and drawings have been shown in numerous group exhibitions in New York, including Cheim & Read, Sperone Westwater, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Regina Rex, The Journal, and Sargent’s Daughter’s. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Frieze, Turps Banana, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. EJ is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University in the Graduate Department.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Laura Jaramillo reading.
Laura Jaramillo is a poet and critic from Queens living in Durham, North Carolina. She is the author of several books including Material Girl and Making Water (forthcoming in 2021). Her writings have appeared in Jumpcut, Feminist Media Histories, and The Brooklyn Rail.