- Tight Fit 2020
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Arts Intel Report
by Elena Clavarino
Emily Roz’s vibrant oil paintings may leave you feeling slightly umoored. She creates a bright and upbeat dissonance. The female body parts she jigsaws into intensely colored and striped planes are at once familiar and abstract. The anonymous body in the paintings is actually hers, which brings to mind Christina Ramberg’s headless figures, or Maria Lassnig’s studies. Roz’s message is clear: She is simply a body, one that can be objectified. —E.C.
New York Times review by Martha Schwendener
Through July 5. Front Room, frontroomLES.com.
What makes contemporary art resonate, generally, is a successful mingling of the familiar with the unfamiliar. This is particularly true in Emily Roz’s “Tight Fit” paintings at Front Room, which remix elements of Pop Art, geometric abstraction and the female figure. The show is online, and will remain on view when the gallery reopens.Several of her paintings, like “Drop” and “Nip Slip” (both from 2020), position bodies within a field of radiating stripes that recall the Pop artist Tadanori Yokoo — but also ’60s painters like Tom Wesselmann and Kiki Kogelnik, and more recent artists like Jocelyn Hobbie and Ridley Howard, who juxtapose patterns and flesh with old-school Pop coolness
What Ms. Roz brings to this painting conversation is an acute awareness of how the female body has been represented in art — as well as how the first generation of Pop artists (OK, men) often replicated advertising’s treatment of women as delectable “products,” reducing them to patterns, shapes and motifs. Ms. Roz, a New York painter who has also worked in fiber arts, borrows these tricks and upends them. Fragmenting the female body — her figures are all headless — showcasing fat and flab, and reproducing the eerie flatness and spectral colors of online media and screens, Ms. Roz offers a compelling Neo-Pop redux of female forms floating in a field of electric stripes, with a bit of critique.
Solo show at Front Room Gallery, opening March 20, 2020
Image: Backside Muffintop, oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches
Tight Fit, March 20 - July 5, 2020
Front Room is pleased to present Tight Fit, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Emily Roz. These new works are based on close observation of the female body, yet are abstracted through the use of color and pattern. Roz fuses the stripes and polka dots of undergarments into her backgrounds in order to accentuate bodily forms squished into ill-fitting underwear. The compact poses present figures with their heads cropped by the canvases' edges, while torsos and appendages are accentuated through the use of reflected color from the intense chroma-rich backgrounds.
Emily Roz utilizes op-art techniques of merged patterns, overlapping planes, and receding grounds to create optical illusions that distort space and bodily relationships. The artist uses herself as a model, but the paintings are not exactly self-portraits; she self-objectifies by omitting key identifiers. With reference to works such as Joan Semmel’s personal perspective nudes, Christina Ramberg’s headless figures, and Maria Lassnig’s body consciousness pictures, Emily Roz’s contemporary feminist paintings use bold optics, dry humor and costume malfunctions to respond to the enduring plight of the female form.
Emily Roz (b. 1972, New Haven, CT) is a New York based artist. She studied at Penland School of Crafts and has a BA from Hampshire College where she concentrated in Art History, Literature and Weaving. Her MFA is in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Shows include Mulherin, Auxiliary Projects, and 31Grand. This is her fifth solo show with Front Room Gallery.
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Front Room Gallery • 48 Hester Street • NY, NY 10002 • 718-782-2556
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Group show at 601 Artspace, April 2020
Image: Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour, oil on wood panel, 12 x 9 inches
Show details to come