Mario Joyce. Amaryllis Garden | more

Mario Joyce.  Amaryllis Garden |  more

UTA Artist Space is pleased to announce Amaryllis Garden, artist Mario Joyce's heartfelt tribute to his late grandmother and the profound impact her urban oasis in Columbus, Ohio had on him as a child.

Joyce would spend nostalgic hours in his grandmother's Amaryllis garden, where she, after whom the exhibition is named, grew award-winning amaryllis. Old family photos from the 1960s and 1970s of the Amaryllis' backyard sanctuary provide the setting for many of Joyce's new paintings. The works explore the concepts of heaven and paradise, darkness and light through the lens of Joyce's upbringing as an eccentric young black man who grew up between contrasting rural and urban worlds.

Mixed media intertwines elements of celestial bodies, celestial landscapes, and organic materials, symbolizing the search for calm amidst the turmoil of life as a black individual in America. A key element in Joyce's work is the incorporation of soil sourced from his childhood farm, symbolizing an ancestral relationship. This tangible connection to the past is incorporated directly into the painting using oil paint, a technique unique to Joyce's work.

In addition, Joyce deftly uses old collage materials, spanning 1969 to 1999, as portals through time. The process of preserving these components demonstrates his commitment to presenting narratives through meticulously sourced materials.

I can't wait to view Amaryllis Garden with UTA. The works represent a deeply personal exploration and evoke a celebration of the peace I found in the sanctuary of my great-grandmother's garden. This is brought to life through the use of soil, ancient collage and brush strokes.

(Mario Joyce)

“We are excited to welcome Mario back to UTA Artist Space, as a continuation of our deep relationship with him and his work. Embracing his practice and the evolution of his art since our last show in Atlanta has been a joy,” says Zuzana Ciolek, Director and Curator of UTA Artist Space.

This is Joyce's second exhibition with UTA Artist Space since opening her pop-up exhibition space in Atlanta at Pullman Yards in 2022, before opening her permanent location in downtown Atlanta. Other notable shows include a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2023 and is currently on view at Vielmetter in Los Angeles through March 9, 2024.

Mario Joyce He is a self-taught African-American artist based in Los Angeles. His process began early and was heavily influenced by the prejudices that blacks and gays experienced in rural Ohio. He uses genealogical research, soil from the Ohio farm he grew up on, ancient collected materials and carefully sourced oil paint, to explore how American history is steeped in selective storytelling that neglects to share the experiences of marginalized communities. Joyce is a 2023 graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, as well as the Pratt>Forward residency at New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He has shown his work with UTA Artist Space in Atlanta, recently closed exhibitions in Milan and Frankfurt, and will open his solo exhibition with UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills in February 2024. His works are privately owned by numerous collectors throughout the United States and abroad.

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