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Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Nellie King Solomon

Outside the Frame: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Nellie King Solomon

To think outside of the box is to approach a problem, or a question, in a creative way.

Sep 19, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021

To think outside of the box is to approach a problem, or a question, in a creative way. In the case of mother and daughter artists, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Nellie King Solomon, they take a critical, yet playful eye to their chosen fields. Both trained as architects but were never licensed, which might explain the way they establish rules, grids, or frameworks, only to challenge their very existence. At the heart of the pair’s artistic practice lies the confident ability to think and explore beyond the norm, or outside the frame.

Perhaps best known for her Supergraphics—graphics oversized to the scale of architecture, produced in the 1960s—artist Barbara Stauffacher Solomon (b. 1928, San Francisco) has worked in graphic design, architecture, landscape architecture, drawing, writing, and more. Around the walls of the gallery, the exhibition features utopian drawings from her Green Architecture series (mid 1980s), large green Ping Pong paintings (early 1990s), and a recent set of Alphabet drawings (2019). In the middle of the gallery is a re-creation from the 1990 exhibition, Visionary San Francisco, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that features ping pong tables for play.

Nellie King Solomon (b. 1971, San Francisco) approaches painting with equal parts irreverence and admiration. The exhibition features recent and never-before seen large-scale works that use abstraction and realism to tell stories, resulting in experiential paintings. In lieu of canvas and brushes Solomon paints on the sharp industrial material of Mylar using custom wood and glass tools for pulling the paint around in sweeping, gestural marks. Bold colors and unusual materials, like asphalt, swirl about, captivating the senses and revealing the tension between spontaneity and rigor at work in her practice.

Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Jennifer McCabe, director and chief curator.

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