Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present Killjoy, the gallery’s second exhibition of paintings by Thomas Brouillette. The exhibition will be on view from October 28th through December 11th. There will be a reception for the artist on October 28th from 6 to 8pm.
The paintings included in Killjoy explore diverse visual territory including cars, cakes, home entertainment centers and decorative figurines. While only some of the paintings depict iconography associated with the notion of bad luck, all of the canvases seem ominous. Executed in a vivid palette underscored by full spectrum shadows that often threaten to envelop the subject, Brouillette’s formal treatment of these objects removes them from their banal origins and imbues them with a seed of disquiet.
Appearing highly incongruous Brouillette’s common subjects reference various personal experiences. While drawing upon familiar imagery, Brouillette undermines the fiction of illusionistic painting by conflating recognizable forms with ambiguous shapes and shadows that oscillate between the corporeal and the sublime. Liminal light effects, vibrating spectral shifts and transcendental suggestions reveal influences such as Luminism, Visionary Art and Ed Paschke.
Thomas Brouillette was the 2006 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant, and was awarded the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Grant in 2003. Brouillette received his MFA degree from Bard College, and holds a BFA degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives and works in New York City. Brouillette has had solo exhibitions at White Columns in New York and Galleria Marabini in Bologna, Italy