Gallery Openings and Events

Transformer Presents Oil, Then Acrylic

Jameson Magrogan, My Buddy, Mr. Goldenstein, 2014. Courtesy of Transformer.

Jameson Magrogan, My Buddy, Mr. Goldenstein, 2014. Courtesy of Transformer.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 13 from 6pm to 8pm

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Oil, Then Acrylic runs December 13, 2014 – January 31, 2015.

Transformer’s 12th Annual DC Area Solo Exhibition presents the work of Jameson Magrogan in his first solo exhibition. Featuring a new body of work that examines the rationality of painting, Oil, Then Acrylic investigates the artist’s relationship to the mythos of art history through painting, drawing, sculpture, and print. Employing materials both fine and ephemeral, Magrogan considers the perceived hierarchy of mediums.

The quality of a painting is often judged by its scale and material. “In this show, a smaller painting may be stretched linen while a larger is stretched drop cloth canvas; one may have thick stretcher bars while another is stretched on thin wood, leaving its surface close to the wall,” explains Magorgan. These variants in scale, structure, and medium are points of consideration for the artist, whose paintings reflect his hyper-fixation with properly understanding the medium and its limitations, or lack of limitations. “The painting begins with its entire structure, stretcher and all. It is a three dimensional object, not just a surface. I’m interested in the point where a painting becomes a sculpture, recognizing it as something that is built.” With this in mind, Magrogan’s work tests these preconceived confines of traditional painting, activating its shape and edges to achieve depth and perspective, and sometimes exceeding them.

Magrogan’s fascination with considering the rationality and boundaries of painting inspired the title of this exhibition, Oil, Then Acrylic, which addresses the perceived hierarchy of oil over acrylic as a medium employed by the standards of art history. Magrogan explains, “My work explores where these hierarchies come from, and our relationship with the medium. Why celebrate oil over acrylic? I find humor in our blind obsession with best, second best (oil, then acrylic), small, medium, and large. This is our drive to categorize and subjugate, and this body of work tests these hierarchies.”

Magrogan is a 2014 graduate of the Maryland Institute for Contemporary Art, where he received his BFA in Painting.

Exhibition Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
  • and by appointment.

Transformer will be closed December 23, 2014 – January 6, 2015.

Transformer is located at 1404 P Street, NW. For more information visit www.transformerdc.org.

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