Better Weather

Featuring work by Keiran Brennan Hinton, Lily Stockman, Lois Dodd
18 November–30 December, 2021 View Works

Charles Moffett and TOA are pleased to present a collaborative exhibition featuring paintings by Lois Dodd, Keiran Brennan Hinton, and Lily Stockman at TOA’s Minneapolis exhibition space. On view from November 18 - December 30, Better Weather includes 11 works, four by Dodd, five by Brennan Hinton, and two by Stockman.

The show brings together a stylistically diverse, multigenerational trio of both figurative and abstract painters, inspired by the natural world and unified by a shared desire to document their immediate environments. Their practices are also bound by similar geometric foundations, natural palettes, and intimate scale.

Together, each artist’s work celebrates the ordinary and emphasizes the beauty in the fleeting overlooked moments that punctuate daily life, unremarkable at first glance, but noticeable to those that look closely. For example, Stockman cites random bits and pieces such as insects in her studio or jotted-down notes in her mother’s distinctive handwriting as sources of inspiration, which she takes and distills into images on canvas. Similarly, Brennan Hinton has described his work as “an invitation to linger on everyday life and to become aware of the details that previously blended into the surroundings.”

Lois Dodd has dedicated her career to elevating everyday observations to expertly cropped and detailed, geometrically constructed pictures of plein air landscapes, city views, and flowers. Tapping into the traditions of American landscape painting and European modernism, Dodd has constantly responded to her visual curiosity for decades without paying mind to fashion or gimmicks.

Saturated with color, the landscapes and still lifes of Keiran Brennan Hinton depict richly textured and methodically painted compositions that expose the beautiful and overlooked elements of familiar and seemingly mundane sights. Painting from observation, Brennan Hinton prioritizes ‘felt space,’ and light and shadow over technical accuracy and subject matter, and often depicts personal subjects and spaces such as a friend’s house, or a bouquet on his apartment window sill.

Distinguished by soft pastel colors and round edges, Lily Stockman’s abstract paintings are filled with organic geometry that hint at nature without explicitly depicting it. Stockman translates a wide variety of natural influences such as seed catalogs, her garden in Los Angeles and the barren Mojave desert into elegant abstract compositions that are carefully constructed, layer by layer, on a flat saw-horse.

Presented together for the first time, the artists represent a cross-section of contemporary painting that finds common ground in similar influences, each expressed in different yet equally compelling ways.

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