A Little Tenderness

Ana Benaroya
Molly Bounds
Dominic Chambers
Anthony Cudahy
Caleb Hahne
Rebecca Ness
Maja Ruznic

March 07 — April 06, 2019

Opening Reception
Thursday March 7th, 2019

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<p><span class="name">Ana Benaroya</span><br><em>Close To My Heart</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>36 x 48 in (91.4 x 121.9 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ABEN0003&body=I am interested in finding out more about Close To My Heart by Ana Benaroya'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Ana Benaroya</span><br><em>This Is Not Goodbye</em><span class='media'>Spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas</span>20 x 24 in (50.8 x 61 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ABEN0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about This Is Not Goodbye by Ana Benaroya'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Molly Bounds</span><br><em>Luxury</em><span class='media'>Acrylic and oil on canvas</span>22 x 26 in (55.9 x 66 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry MBOU0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Luxury by Molly Bounds'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dominic Chambers</span><br><em>Veil Curtain 4</em><span class='media'>Oil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas over panel</span>20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DCHA0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Veil Curtain 4 by Dominic Chambers'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dominic Chambers</span><br><em>Veil Curtain Abstraction</em><span class='media'>Oil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas over panel</span>20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DCHA0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Veil Curtain Abstraction by Dominic Chambers'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Anthony Cudahy</span><br><em>Night Lurker iii</em><span class='media'>Oil on panel</span>30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACUD0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Night Lurker iii by Anthony Cudahy'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Anthony Cudahy</span><br><em>Waiting</em><span class='media'>Acrylic and oil on canvas</span>54 x 24 in (137.2 x 61 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACUD0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Waiting by Anthony Cudahy'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Caleb Hahne</span><br><em>Closer</em><span class='media'>Acrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas</span>12 x 14 in (30.5 x 35.6 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry CHAH0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Closer by Caleb Hahne'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Caleb Hahne</span><br><em>The Body Remembers Everything</em><span class='media'>Acrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas</span>24 x 18 in (61 x 45.7 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry CHAH0003&body=I am interested in finding out more about The Body Remembers Everything by Caleb Hahne'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Caleb Hahne</span><br><em>Ready, Set</em><span class='media'>Acrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas</span>8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry CHAH0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Ready, Set by Caleb Hahne'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Rebecca Ness</span><br><em>Rug Store</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>70 x 60 in (177.8 x 152.4 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry RNES0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Rug Store by Rebecca Ness'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Rebecca Ness</span><br><em>On Top</em><span class='media'>Oil on linen mounted on panel</span>12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry RNES0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about On Top by Rebecca Ness'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Maja Ruznic</span><br><em>Love Letters to Tomorrows Ghosts</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>49 x 41 in (124.5 x 104.1 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry MRUZ0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Love Letters to Tomorrows Ghosts by Maja Ruznic'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Maja Ruznic</span><br><em>Grave Diggers</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>45 x 36 in (114.3 x 91.4 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry MRUZ0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Grave Diggers by Maja Ruznic'>Inquire</a></p>
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Ana Benaroya
Close To My HeartOil on canvas36 x 48 in (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
2019
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Ana Benaroya
This Is Not GoodbyeSpray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas20 x 24 in (50.8 x 61 cm)
2019
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Molly Bounds
LuxuryAcrylic and oil on canvas22 x 26 in (55.9 x 66 cm)
2019
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Dominic Chambers
Veil Curtain 4Oil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas over panel20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
2019
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Dominic Chambers
Veil Curtain AbstractionOil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas over panel20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
2019
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Anthony Cudahy
Night Lurker iiiOil on panel30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61 cm)
2019
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Anthony Cudahy
WaitingAcrylic and oil on canvas54 x 24 in (137.2 x 61 cm)
2019
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Caleb Hahne
CloserAcrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas12 x 14 in (30.5 x 35.6 cm)
2019
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Caleb Hahne
The Body Remembers EverythingAcrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas24 x 18 in (61 x 45.7 cm)
2019
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Caleb Hahne
Ready, SetAcrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
2019
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Rebecca Ness
Rug StoreOil on canvas70 x 60 in (177.8 x 152.4 cm)
2019
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Rebecca Ness
On TopOil on linen mounted on panel12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
2019
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Maja Ruznic
Love Letters to Tomorrows GhostsOil on canvas49 x 41 in (124.5 x 104.1 cm)
2018
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Maja Ruznic
Grave DiggersOil on canvas45 x 36 in (114.3 x 91.4 cm)
2018
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Gildar Gallery is pleased to share A Little Tenderness, a group exhibition featuring seven contemporary painters touching on current complexities in depicting intimate figures.

Despite the familiar packaging of Hallmark cards, romantic comedies and other arms of the romance industry, intimacy is not necessarily bound to a happy ending. The want for and achievement of closeness with other people allows for a range of simultaneous experience. Love, comfort and affection share the boudoir with consuming desire, loss of self in another, the stark awareness of ones own isolation and of course jealousy to name a few outcomes. These results of a need for closeness are not mutually exclusive, as anyone can attest who has ever felt the pangs of loneliness in the midst of a ‘good’ relationship or say a deeply felt bond to a terrorizing lover in a ‘bad’ one.

Painting feels a fitting medium to expose these ranging experiences given its own relationship to the paradox of seeking connection. Since the first person smeared pigment on a rock face, painters have tried to communicate the self to an audience through the highly personal extension of touch. At the same time, commitment to countless hours of solitude developing a language to effectively communicate through the medium can atrophy the very social impulses to reach out and be seen by others. 

The painters in A Little Tenderness each approach their subjects and surfaces with variation in technique while sharing a tendency to blend elements of the autobiographical with the fictional and fantastic. Indebted to painters like John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage with an eye towards looking at societal norms through exaggerated figurative relationships, these artist's burn warmer towards sincerity over distanced irony and analysis. Perhaps this is generational. As Victorian era social divisions continue to dissolve, with distinctions between public and private, the rational and irrational, gender and sexuality incrementally blurring into ever broader spectrums, questions of intimacy, particularly who is allowed to experience it and at what cost, are also perhaps softening, in this case a brush stroke at a time.

Selected Works

  • Ana Benaroya
    Close To My HeartOil on canvas36 x 48 in (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Ana Benaroya
    This Is Not GoodbyeSpray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas20 x 24 in (50.8 x 61 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Molly Bounds
    LuxuryAcrylic and oil on canvas22 x 26 in (55.9 x 66 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Dominic Chambers
    Veil Curtain 4Oil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas over panel20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Dominic Chambers
    Veil Curtain AbstractionOil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas over panel20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Anthony Cudahy
    Night Lurker iiiOil on panel30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Anthony Cudahy
    WaitingAcrylic and oil on canvas54 x 24 in (137.2 x 61 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Caleb Hahne
    CloserAcrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas12 x 14 in (30.5 x 35.6 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Caleb Hahne
    The Body Remembers EverythingAcrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas24 x 18 in (61 x 45.7 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Caleb Hahne
    Ready, SetAcrylic, gouache, paste and oil on canvas8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Rebecca Ness
    Rug StoreOil on canvas70 x 60 in (177.8 x 152.4 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Rebecca Ness
    On TopOil on linen mounted on panel12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
    2019
    Inquire

  • Maja Ruznic
    Love Letters to Tomorrows GhostsOil on canvas49 x 41 in (124.5 x 104.1 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Maja Ruznic
    Grave DiggersOil on canvas45 x 36 in (114.3 x 91.4 cm)
    2018
    Inquire