In a moment when technology reigns, and remarkable images can be generated with the push of a button, the relevance of painting persists. The Presence of the Present explores new work by Teresa Baker, Liam Everett, and Leslie Shows—three accomplished Bay Area artists whose seemingly disparate approaches to the painted surface share a distinct alertness to materiality and place. Through composition, texture, and scale, their work challenges the traditional notions of painting and provides an argument against the allure of the virtual for an experience of the real.
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