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Russell Craig and Jesse Krimes

Show Me a Hero

Malin Gallery | Aspen

August 1 – September 23, 2022

Russell Craig  Distress, 2022  Leather on canvas, oil, acrylic  56 x 56 in.

Russell Craig

Distress, 2022

Oil and acrylic paints on leather and canvas

56 x 56 in.

Jesse Krimes  Wakulla, 2022  Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles  84 x 84 in.

Jesse Krimes

Wakulla, 2022

Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles

84 x 84 in.

Jesse Krimes  Pelican Bay, 2022  Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles  89 x 68 in.

Jesse Krimes

Pelican Bay, 2022

Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles

89 x 68 in.

Russell Craig  No Time to Chill, 2022  38 x 90 in.

Russell Craig

No Time to Chill, 2022

Oil and acrylic paints on leather and vintage textiles

90 x 38 in.

Jesse Krimes  Dance of the Wretched Hands, 2022  Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt, image transfer

Jesse Krimes

Dance of the Wretched Hands, 2022

Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt, image transfer

34.5 x 84.5 in.

Jesse Krimes  Dance of the Wretched Hands (center panel), 2022  Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt, image transfer  34 x 40 in.

Jesse Krimes

Dance of the Wretched Hands (center panel), 2022

Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt, image transfer

34 x 40 in.

Russell Craig  Man of Steel but I Won't Say What I Stole, 2022  Oil and acrylic on canvas  56 x 56 in.

Russell Craig

Man of Steel but I Won't Say What I Stole, 2022

Oil and acrylic paints on leather and canvas

56 x 56 in.

Jesse Krimes  Fishkill, 2022  Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles  72 x 64 in.

Jesse Krimes

Fishkill, 2022

Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles

72 x 64 in.

Jesse Krimes  Brushy Mountain, 2022  Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles  95 x 72 in.

Jesse Krimes

Brushy Mountain, 2022

Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles

81 x 66 in.

Jesse Krimes  The Lion, the Unicorn, and the Heir, 2022  Embroidery, used upholstery from currently and formerly incarcerated people  57 x 28 in.

Jesse Krimes

The Lion, the Unicorn, and the Heir, 2022

Embroidery, used upholstery from currently and formerly incarcerated people

28 x 56 in.

Russell Craig  Multiverse Harry Potter, 2022  Oil and acrylic on canvas  60 x 48 in.

Russell Craig

Multiverse Harry Potter, 2022

Oil and acrylic paints on leather and vintage textiles

60 x 48 in.

Russell Craig  Idol Time, 2022  Leather on canvas, oil, acrylic  48 x 60 in.

Russell Craig

Idol Time, 2022

Oil and acrylic paints on leather and canvas

48 x 60 in.

Russell Craig  Kill Two Legacies with One Rocky, 2022  Oil and acrylic on canvas  60 x 48 in.

Russell Craig

Kill Two Legacies with One Rocky, 2022

Oil and acrylic paints on leather and canvas

60 x 48 in.

Jesse Krimes  The Liar's Teeth, 2022  Embroidery, used clothing from currently and formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt  28.5 x 19 in.

Jesse Krimes

The Liar's Teeth, 2022

Embroidery, used clothing from currently and formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt

28 x 19 in.

 

Jesse Krimes  Wispbee, 2022  Embroidery, used clothing from currently and formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt  20½ x 15 in.

Jesse Krimes

Wispbee, 2022

Embroidery, used clothing from currently and formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt

20½ x 15 in.

Jesse Krimes  The Griffen, 2022  Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt  8 x 7 in.

Jesse Krimes

The Griffen, 2022

Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt

19 x 15 in.

Jesse Krimes  The Walls of Dis, 2022  embroidery, used upholstery and clothing from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt  17 x 18.5 in.

Jesse Krimes

The Walls of Dis, 2022

embroidery, used upholstery and clothing from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt

18.5 x 17 in.

Jesse Krimes  The Pelican, 2022  Embroidery, used upholstery and clothing from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt  14 x 17 in.

Jesse Krimes

The Pelican, 2022

Embroidery, used upholstery and clothing from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt

17.5 x 18 in.

 

Jesse Krimes  Reynard the Fox, 2022  Embroidery, used clothing and upholstery from currently and formerly incarcerated people

Jesse Krimes

Reynard the Fox, 2022

Embroidery, used clothing and upholstery from currently and formerly incarcerated people

24 x 48 in.

Jesse Krimes  Bloodmoon Parakeet, 2022  Embroidery, used clothing from currently and formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt  20 x 20 in.

Jesse Krimes

Bloodmoon Parakeet, 2022

Embroidery, used clothing from currently and formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt

20 x 20.5 in.

Jesse Krimes  Where the Envious Sit, 2022  Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt, image transfer  24 x 19 in.

Jesse Krimes

Where the Envious Sit, 2022

Embroidery, used upholstery from formerly incarcerated people, antique quilt, image transfer

24 x 19 in.

Press Release

 

              Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy.
       

                                                                              - F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1945

 

Malin Gallery is pleased to present Show Me A Hero - a joint exhibition of recent work by Russell Craig and Jesse Krimes in our Aspen location. The show includes new paintings by Craig and textile works by Krimes.  Show Me a Hero is Craig's second show with the gallery following his acclaimed debut in New York earlier this year and Krimes' fifth show with the gallery.

Craig's presentation is anchored by a series of four paintings that allude to his personal history encompassing sixteen years of incarceration and his use of art as a means of overcoming daunting personal circumstances. As is common in Craig's art, he draws upon and recontextualizes an assortment of art historical and pop culture source references in works that are fundamentally autobiographical, including Surrealism, popular comics and cinema. In the self portrait Multiverse Harry Potter (2022), Craig re-imagines himself as Harry Potter in a different dimension, wielding a paint brush in lieu of a wand. IdolTime (2022) suggests a narrative of his years spent in prison and references the peculiar manner in which time unfolds during prolonged incarceration.  Man of Steel But I Won't Say What I Stole (2022) depicts the East Philadelphia neighborhood where Craig spent his youth from a contemporary viewpoint while incorporating elements of magical realism that seem both potentially transformative and strangely foreboding. 

Show Me A Hero features four large-scale works from Krimes' celebrated Elegy Quilts series. These quilts function as a type of portrait of individuals who are incarcerated. Krimes speaks to the subjects extensively regarding their memories of home and their conceptions of safety in a domestic environment. Krimes then uses a combination of antique quilt fragments and textiles along with materials owned by the individuals, such as used clothing or upholstery, to render intricate images inspired by the subjects' thoughts and memories. The individuals themselves are not directly depicted. Instead, their physical absence is referenced by an empty chair or other empty piece of furniture - yielding what Krimes' describes as "portraits through absence." By utilizing the individuals' own clothing and textiles, Krimes employs the concept of topographical reliquary, which stipulates that an object’s “meaning” is partially determined by its site of origination.

The exhibition also debuts a new series of textile works that incorporate Krimes' use of quilting and image transfer with meticulous embroidery. The intricate imagery in these works is largely inspired by pre-enlightenment religious, philosophical and historical texts, with the artist suggesting echoes of the Medieval era within our own fraught cultural moment. Visual elements are inspired by the marginalia of illuminated manuscripts and 19th century natural history studies. Krimes notes that this new body of work is largely driven by "critical analysis of the historical roots of white supremacy, pre-enlightenment theology and the evolving relationship between church and state," noting that he "recontextualizes these histories and overlays them with the present, weaving in art historical representations of power and containment." With his newfound engagement with highly-detailed embroidery, Krimes continues his prototypical approach to materiality as personal and historical record, commenting that, "Unlike painting, which is applied to a surface, embroidery is a process of inscription involving piercing, marking and confining an image within the body of a fabric."

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