Goodbye Mrs. Beasley


New Work by Carol Es
September 18 - October 16, 2010

Opening Reception: October 2nd, 6-9 PM

Tinney Contemprorary is pleased to present Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley, a solo exhibition of mixed media work by Los Angeles artist, Carol Es. 

Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley is a title appropriated from a 1971 Family Affair episode. Buffy, convinced she is too old for dolls, consigns her beloved Mrs. Beasley to the closet only to suffer profound separation pains.

It is a psychological metaphor that encompasses the artist's separation from her family in the mid 1970s, and finally her parents deaths in the last 2 years. While the content is filled with personal memory, it is also fueled with humor, reverie, whimsy, and the colorful use of oil paint on canvas mixed with paper and meticulous embroidery work. In addition to the canvases, the exhibit also includes paintings on panel and drawings on paper.

Es uses an amalgamation of characters from her family and her apparel industry background to evoke abstracted, childlike narratives that drip with color and tattered threads to tell personal, visual stories. The Paintings include sewn paper garment patterns surrounding cartooned family members in a funny, loving embrace that is both heartbreaking and wonderful to experience.

Carol Es is a self-taught Los Angeles artist born in 1968 who worked as a pattern cutter in the apparel industry with her family. Her work is driven by childhood trauma, family dysfunction, memory, and Jewish heritage. Her works are featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Getty Museum, Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Special Collections, the Jaffe Collection, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and Zimmer Children's Museum. She is also a two-time recipient of the ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation and was recently awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Fellowship.