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JESSE CHAPMAN

509 West 24th Street

January 10 - February 14, 2009

 Installation View, 	Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

 Installation View, 	Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

 Installation View, 	Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

 Installation View, 	Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

 Installation View, 	Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2009

close up portrait of a face in yellow by jesse chapman

The Viewer, 2008

Oil on canvas

67 1/2 x 71 inches  171.5 x 180.3 cm

painting of a finger board by jesse chapman

The Sound Hole, 2008

Oil on canvas

63 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches  161.9 x 100.3 cm

painting of three men in bed and a fourth standing up by jesse chapman

The Beds, 2008

Oil on canvas

97 x 67 inches  246.4 x 170.3 cm

painting of oars in the water by jesse chapman

The Oars, 2008

Oil on canvas

32 x 39 inches  81.3 x 99.1 cm

painting of a woman with a flashlight by jesse chapman

The Light, 2008

Oil on canvas

75 x 39 inches  190.5 x 99.1 cm

painting of three beds against a green background by jesse chapman

The Beds, 2008

Oil on canvas

68 x 42 inches  172.7 x 106.7 cm

painting of a sculptural frieze by jesse chapman

The Frieze, 2008

Oil on canvas

46 x 39 inches  116.8 x 99.1 cm

The Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Jesse Chapman's first solo exhibition of paintings in New York City. The exhibition will run from the 10th of January through the 14th of February.
Jesse Chapman's paintings are formally rigorous and reticent. Although rich with narrative potential, they withhold access. Chapman's art stands in the tradition of pitura-metaphysica, where meaning is implied but never explicitly stated. The cryptic logic that shapes these paintings, derived from their intentional structure and methodical facture, ricochets between apparently disconnected series: figures enacting ill-defined rituals, portraits, interiors, landscapes, instruments, details. Only slowly does the connectedness of the motifs insinuate itself. But when this happens, and Chapman's work and world cohere, viewers find themselves in a compelling place where omnifarious latency is subsumed by an unforeseen unity.
With unexpected mystery, Chapman's paintings portray a world historicized. His work parallels that of a growing number of younger artists (Julian Gothe, Lucy McKenzie, Barnaby Furnas, Pablo Bronstein) for whom past is intently present. In this sense, these are radically reactionary artists, moving away from an anarchically fashionable dogma, toward a place where the weight of precedent is both informative and liberating: back to a future that is yet to be.
Jesse Chapman lives and works in Hudson, New York. He received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and an MFA from Yale University in 2003. He also shows with Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is located at 509 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For further information or images, please contact Annie Rana at 212.680.9889 or annie@marianneboeskygallery.com.