Chloe Cooper & Tessa Heck
August 17- September 18, 2017
*Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 17, 4-8p
CEI ARTWORKS, Corvallis, OR
Gallery hours: 9-5 Monday-Friday
Tue, July 25, 2017- In partnership with CEI ARTWORKS, S/PLI/T Projects is proud to present soft/en, an exhibition of new works from Portland-based artists Chloe Cooper and Tessa Heck. Working in different mediums, both artists reference the body through abstract form, gestural movement, and figurative identities, complicating traditional narratives of femininity.
Chloe Cooper’s mostly abstract 2D knit sculptures contain fleshy elements that question the boundary between body and non-body. Cooper enjoys the meditative and physical movement of using a knitting machine. While knitting, the body moves in a rhythmic repetitive motion, responding to the push and pull of the machine. Her works reflect this motion, the physical body, and its surrounding environment.
Tessa Heck’s paintings and drawings reflect upon the awkward experience of having a female body. She uses unique methods and a complex color palette to traverse spectrums between discomfort/humor, real/abstract, and controlled/accidental in her figurative works. Her portraits, often relating to the self, comment on self-deprecation, absurdity of the body, and finding humor in the grotesque.