Quaternity explores the interplay between abstraction and representation in the practices of 4 contemporary artists working in painting and drawing. Matt Klos, Lindsay Mcculloch, Andrew Shenker, and Teddy Johnson are all based in the Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Matt Klos is a painter, curator, and instructor whose work captures very familiar and ordinary settings and heightens them through a serene style of painting. Klos’ work draws connections to the still-life paintings of the classic eras while presenting very contemporary compositions and scenes. Klos has had curatorial experience in Virginia and various cities in Maryland. Also, Klos’ work has been show both domestically and internationally in locations such as Maryland, Kentucky, New York, France, and South Korea.
Lindsay McCulloch’s work ranges from paintings, drawings, installations, artist books, and prints. McCulloch is an artist who depicts quite abstract and illustrative compositions. Her paintings and prints convey themes of memory, minimalism, technology, and maximalism. McCulloch’s work has been exhibited both nationally in places like Virginia, Maryland, and New York. On an international level, McCulloch’s piece has been shown at the Casa del Lector in Madrid, Spain; American University in Cairo, Egypt; and the John Rylands Library in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Teddy Johnson is an artist who is heavily influenced by Western art traditions, storytelling, and culture. His compositions draw on elements of both classical and modern painting styles and techniques. Johnson has had his work shown in institutions such as the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and has also had solo exhibitions in Virginia, Georgia, New York, and Maryland. A selection of Johnson’s paintings were featured in publications like the Urbanite and Baltimore Style Magazine and the Korean Magazine: Art People. Along with being an artist, Johnson is also an experienced curator, having curated shows in Maryland and New York and co-founding the Rotating History Project with Heather Rounds.
Andrew Shenker work is greatly molded around the concepts of consciousness, dreams, movement, and condition. Through his writing, drawings, curatorial work, and videography, Shenker provides a unique perspective on what it means to be “whole” or “intact.” Through various arrangements, 2-D and 3-D, Shenker tends to lead the audience to question the validity or value of order, structure, and meaning. Shenker’s work has been exhibited in various institutions in Virginia, and in cities like Baltimore, Maryland; and Chicago, Illinois.