Installation View

Patricia Treib »Oscillations«

Mexico City , November 03, 2022 - December 17, 2022

Galerie Nordenhake México is pleased to present Oscillations, a solo exhibition by the American artist Patricia Treib, who was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

For Treib’s first exhibition with Galerie Nordenhake México, Oscillations brings together thirty-five small paintings on paper from the past six years. Treib’s intimate-sized paintings are both works in themselves and serve as scripts for large oil works on canvas.

“The larger compositions are always measured against a visual source, something that I’m translating from observation. Every large painting has a corresponding small work on paper that acts as a guide, a type of script or score. It becomes an anchor or a point of origin. However, I want there to be a significant shift or transformation from an intimate, hand-held size to a more immersive size. There is a great distance between the two—room for invention, many ways that it could unfold. I want the small works to be like the notation of a song or a recipe, something that could be performed in innumerable ways and given new life—each one marking the time at which it was made. It’s also important for the large paintings to go beyond what I could have imagined, and to be surprised by what happens.” *

Through deliberate placement and juxtaposition of small paintings along the perimeter of the gallery, this exhibition weaves together several motifs that have developed nonlinearly, over many years, within Treib’s work. While several paintings may share the same visual source—a 1940s Vogue sewing pattern envelope seen through the limbs of a pencil cactus, an antique Anniversary clock, a still life of 35mm cameras, found stones from Asturias—each piece branches off and diverges from the others, emphasizing each work’s singularity and difference. In approaching these diverse sources, Treib will begin by making several small paintings from observation—each time shifting attention to the less-nameable areas, allowing these spaces to supersede the identifiable objects through the way they are painted. “These in-between spaces have no fixed identity—they are contingent on one’s position in space and are therefore constantly changing, even when standing in one place. I want the paintings to embody a sense of fluctuation and instability in perception.” *

  • “Patricia Treib in Converstation,” an interview with Ben Lerner, from Patricia Treib, 2020.

As part of the public program of the exhibition the gallery presents a conversation between Patricia Treib and Jeffrey Stucker, artist and professor based in LA.

Accompanying the exhibition the gallery publishes an artist book, which consists in a facsimile version of the sketch book from which the selection of oil paintings on paper come from. The publication is edited by Toni Sadurní, director and partner of Galerie Nordenhake Mexico, and includes an essay by Jeffrey Stucker.

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Patricia Treib was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Overduin & Co., Los Angeles (2021); Bureau, New York (2020); Kate MacGarry, London (2019); Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (2018); and Crown Point Press, San Francisco (2018). Recent group exhibitions include Friends in a Field: Conversations with Raoul De Keyser at Mu.ZEE in Ostend, Belgium (2022), and Le realtà ordinarie, curated by Davide Ferri, Palazzo de Toschi, Bologna (2020). Treib has participated in residencies at the American Academy in Rome (2017), the Dora Maar House (2014), MacDowell (2013), and was awarded a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Installation View

Envelop Variation, 2021
Egg tempera and gouache on paper
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Blue Asturian Variation, 2020
Oil on paper
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Shoulder Variation, 2021
Oil on paper
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Interlude Variation, 2020
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Blue Sleeve Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Undulate Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Embrace Variation, 2020
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Flounce Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Grotesquerie Variation, 2020
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Violet Sleeve Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Le Pietra Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Flourish Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Intermezzo Variation, 2018
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Installation View

Interpose Variation, 2019
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Cappella Viola Variation, 2018
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Icon Arms Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Pendulum Variation, 2019
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Installation view.

Oscillate Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Oscillate Variation, 2021
Oil on paper
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Cappella Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Gyre Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Pivot Variation, 2018
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Greek Icon Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Scarlett Sleeve Variation, 2021
Egg tempera and gouache on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Straps Variation, 2017
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 1 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Red Flounce Variation, 2021
Oil on paper.
19.1 x 14 cm / 7.5 x 5.5 in

Installation View

Showroom

Le Maniche Blu, 2022, oil on canvas,203 x 152 cm / 80 x 60 inches.

Oscillate II, 2021, Oil on canvas, 188 x 137 cm / 74 x 54 inches

Violetta , 2022, Oil on canvas, 188 x 137 cm / 74 x 54 inches