HEIDI HAHN, SHANA MOULTON
THE FEELING GOOD HANDBOOK
Curated by Jordana Zeldin
April 4 – 19, 2018
With endless information at our fingertips and the ability to “connect” with friends and followers around the clock, it would seem we no longer have use for the loneliness and existential uncertainty that have characterized human experience. Though we make less, we have everything; bored with what (or who’s) in front of us, we can at any moment swipe right for better options. What, then, is missing?
With narrative paintings and episodic video works, Heidi Hahn and Shana Moulton assure us that our crisis of meaning is alive and well in this exhibition guest curated by Jordana Zeldin. Presenting visually enticing yet disquieting tragicomedies, the characters Hahn and Moulton explore in their work attempt to replenish their spiritual deficiencies and fend off the persistence of alienation.
Heidi Hahn's layered, paraffin-infused paintings use a consistent cast of characters to explore psychological narratives around inhabiting and representing the female body. Meanwhile, Shana Moulton’s humorous videos are built around her alter ego, Cynthia, a character loosely rooted in Moulton’s experiences growing up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in a senior-citizen trailer park owned by her parents.
Heidi Hahn (American, b. 1982) earned her Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Cooper Union and her MFA from Yale School of Art. She has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Headlands Center for the Arts, among others. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York and Premier Regard in Paris and she has been included in group exhibitions at Anton Kern, New York, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, H I L D E, Los Angeles and John Wolf, Los Angeles, among others. Hahn's work shown courtesy Jack Hanley Gallery, New York.
Shana Moulton (American, b. 1976) earned her BA from University of California, Berkeley, in art and anthropology and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the LMCC Workspace Program and Smack Mellon in New York; Skowhegan School in Maine and The Sommerakademie in Berne, Switzerland. Moulton has exhibited or performed at many notable institutions, including The New Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Wiels Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels; Migros Museum, Zurich; and and De Appel, Amsterdam. Her work was featured on Arte TV and Art21’s New York Close Up. Moulton's work shown courtesy Galerie Gregor Staiger.
Jordana Zeldin is an independent curator and artist representative who champions under-known and emerging artists making exceptional work. She represented painter Heidi Hahn 2012 to 2015 and currently works with 87 year old sculptor, Harry Leigh. Her exhibitions have been featured in Hyperallergic, ArtInfo, Huffington Post and Interview Magazine, among other publications.