Evan Nesbit

March 29,2019

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Evan Nesbit’s paintings are abstract color fields, capturing a performative gesture in the process of distributing paint and pigments to stain, bleach, coat, and color textiles and objects. Some of the paintings are achromatic, made with a small amounts of pigment dispersed in acrylic, others oversaturated in bright monochrome fluorescence. For his paintings, Nesbit often uses pressure and gravity to push paint between the fibers of natural dyed burlap causing the synthetic pigment material to press through the fabric and dry. Through this formal inversion, the paint becomes a substrate and the burlap fabric a foregrounded image, giving equal visual importance to both while marking the presence of a painter and the process of manipulating a panel.

Nesbit works within the tradition of American impressionism, color field painting, minimalism and post-minimalism as well as European movements such as Arte Povera or Supports / Surfaces. As such, he is deeply committed to studying and utilizing potentials and properties of natural and synthetic materials with regards to their aesthetic qualities as well as the past conditions and experiences and imbued within them. Nesbit’s works function as paintings by formally reordering substrates, creating a sense of light and space by foregrounding the texture and weight of supports and surfaces.

Evan Nesbit (*1985 in California) lives and works in Grass Valley, California. Nesbit received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and his MFA from Yale University in 2012. He is recipient of the Yale University Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize for painting.

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Die Gemälde von Evan Nesbit sind abstrakte Farbfelder und erfassen eine performative Geste beim Verteilen von Farben und Pigmenten. Textilien und Gegenstände werden, gebleicht, gefärbt und neu strukturiert. Einige der Gemälde sind achromatisch und bestehen aus feinen Pigmenten, die in Acryl dispergiert sind, andere sind gesättigt in ihrer hellen monochromen Fluoreszenz. In seinen Arbeiten verwendet Nesbit Bewegung, Druck und Schwerkraft, um mit der Farbe auf natürlich gefärbtes Sackleinen zu malen, wodurch das synthetische Pigmentmaterial durch die Fasern dringt und als mehrdimensionales Relief trocknet. Durch die Neuanordnung von Substraten entstehen Licht- und Raumwahrnehmungen, die die Textur und das Gewicht von Materialträgern und Oberflächen in den Vordergrund stellen.

Nesbit arbeitet in der Tradition des amerikanischen Impressionismus, der Farbfeldmalerei, des Minimalismus und des Post-Minimalismus sowie europäischer Bewegungen wie der Arte Povera oder Supports / Surfaces. Er untersucht damit die Potentiale und Eigenschaften natürlicher und synthetischer Materialien hinsichtlich ihrer ästhetischen Qualitäten sowie ihrer Vergangenheit.

Evan Nesbit (* 1985 in Kalifornien) lebt und arbeitet in Grass Valley, Kalifornien. Nesbit erhielt seinen BFA vom San Francisco Art Institute 2009 und seinen MFA von der Yale University 2012. Er ist Preisträger des Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund der Yale University für Malerei.

Evan Nesbit

Superstratum

February 25 to April 1,2017

We are proud to present Evan Nesbit’s first exhibition with Weiss Berlin, featuring a new body of work produced during the artist’s residency in Berlin. Nesbit’s paintings are modified abstract color fields, capturing a performative gesture in the process of distributing paint and pigments to stain, bleach, coat, and color textiles and objects. For his paintings, Nesbit often uses pressure and gravity to push paint between the fibers of natural dyed burlap causing the synthetic pigment material to press through the fabric and dry. Some of the paintings are achromatic, made with a small amounts of pigment dispersed in acrylic, others oversaturated in bright fluorescence. Working in the tradition of international minimalism and postminimalism, Nesbit is deeply committed to studying and utilizing potentials and properties of natural and synthetic materials with regards to their aesthetic qualities as well as the past conditions and experiences and imbued within them. His work displays commitment to modernist avant-garde values, but also evidences a contemporary awareness of privileges and opportunities and, at the same time, attendant vulnerabilities and desires in the process of making paintings. Nesbit’s works – haptic visual images – function as paintings by way of their formal reordering of substrates, creating a sense of light and space by foregrounding the texture and weight of supports and surfaces.

Evan Nesbit (*1985 in California) lives and works in Grass Valley, California. His work has been shown at Roberts and Tilton (Los Angeles), 11R (New York), and Annarumma Gallery (Naples). Nesbit received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and his MFA from Yale University in 2012. A recipient of the Yale University Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize for painting, his work has been covered in the Los Angeles Times and New American Paintings.

Evan Nesbit

Born 1985
Lives and works in Nevada City (CA), United States

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    James Harris Gallery, Seattle, United States
    Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
    Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, United States

  • 2017

    Cellophane Grip, Van Doren Waxter, New York, United States
    Superstratum, Weiss Berlin, Berlin, Germany

  • 2016

    Roberts and Tilton, Culver City (CA), United States
    Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

  • 2015

    Headstand,James Harris Gallery, Seattle, United States 
    Porosity, Eleven Rivington, New York, United States

  • 2014

    Variable Dimensions, Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
    /ˈkaɪˑæzəәm/,Roberts & Tilton, Culver City (CA), United States

  • 2013

    Light Farming/Heavy Gardening, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, United States

  • 2012

    JESTORIAL, Motus Fort Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    “One Way or Another” Roberts Projects, Culver City, United States

  • 2017

    “California Dreaming…” Frederick R Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, United States

  • 2017

    Sargent’s Daughters, New York, United States

  • 2015

    Tatiana Berg, Evan Nesbit, Brendan Smith, Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
    And There Is An End 2, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, United States
    Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A., Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
    Mona, 86 Projects, Berlin, Germany
    Some New American Paintings, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, United States
    Variations, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy 
    And There Is An End, Roberts and Tilton, Culver City (CA), United States

  • 2014

    The Go Between, Meuseo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
    &, collaboration with Michele Fitzhugh, Roberts and Tilton, Tectonic Dynamics, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
    Pablo Jansana, Evan Nesbit, Letha Wilson, Eleven Rivington, New York, United States
    From Pre-History to Post-Everything, Sean Kelly, New York, United States
    The Next Level, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

  • 2013

    Une exposition de peinture, Portmanteau, Geneva, Switzerland Practicing to Pretend, Alterspace, San Francisco, United States
    Floater, BravinLee programs, New York, United States
    Winter Group Show, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, United States
    Untitled-Sandy, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2012

    Surfaces, Supports, Tatiana Berg / Evan Nesbit, Storefront Bushwick, New York, United States
    Superpositions, New Wight Biennial, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angels,United States
    A Gleeful and Relentless Forward Moving of Time, Carmichael Galler, Culver City (CA), United States
    Summer Group Show, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, United States
    Eyes off the Flag, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan
    Eyes off the Flag, Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
    MFA Painting Thesis, Yale University School of Art, New Haven(CT), United States

  • 2011

    Water McBeer, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, United States
    MFA 2012, Yale University School of Art

  • 2010

    Strange and Constant, Marissa Textor / Evan Nesbit, Park Life, San Francisco, United States

  • 2009

    Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, United States

  • 2007

    Camera one, Camera Two, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, United States

                                                                     

Prizes, Grants and Residencies

  • 2012

    Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize, Yale University

Education

  • 2012

    MFA, Yale University

  • 2009

    BFA, San Francisco Art Institute

  • Bibliography

    • 2017

      Troncone, Alessandra. “Evan Nesbit” Flash Art, Febuary-March
      Molitor, Noemi. “Malerei von Unten” in Tagesspiegel Zeitung, March 22

    • 2015

      Rhodes, David. “Evan Nesbit, Porosity” The Brooklyn Rail, September 8
      Pagel, David “And There is an End” The Los Angeles Times, March 21

    • 2014

      Fernandez, Gaby Collins, Evan Nesbit /ˈkaɪˑæzm/, Roberts and Tilton, Culver City, United States
      Phelps, Calvin, “Evan Nesbit /ˈkaɪˑæzm/ at Roberts and Tilton” Art Ltd., July
      Cadwell, Ellen C. “Painting Backwards: Evan Nesbit at Roberts and Tilton”, New American Paintings

    • 2013

      “In Conversation with Evan Nesbit“ San Francisco Art Quarterly, April 24