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Omari Douglin: Gluteus Maximus

Mrs. is proud to present Gluteus Maximus, Omari Douglin’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, on view January 31 - March 30, 2019.

Inspiring an orchestra of movement through lines which embody a spiritual resonance with the female form, this exhibition guides the eye through raw canvases with curiosity and fascination.

Contemplating the gluteus maximus - its form is depicted with lyrical caulk lines which double as stick figures at play. The industrial colored caulks, softly represent skin tones, weaving a conversation between drawing, painting, and relief sculpture into a multi readable, thematic take on figuration. These works become at times, sexy or elegant and overtly delineate the curvature of a female body. In others, the figure remains somewhat hidden, receding into minimal, abstract lines. These lines emerge as figures in a carnival of flips, turns, and interactions; repetition aiding with their slip into a humorous storyboard of desire and folly.

Ultimately, Gluteus Maximus functions as an homage and celebration of life, beauty and art’s attempt to respectfully translate the delicacy and elegance of the female body.

Omari Douglin received his BFA from Cooper Union and is a 2019 MFA Candidate at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Douglin recently completed a residency at the Macedonian Institute, Chatham, NY; as well as Pat’s, Albuquerque, NM; and Hoy Hoy Residency, Mount Tremper, NY. He has been included in group exhibitions at, Motel Gallery, Brooklyn; LAUNCH F18, Marinaro, New York; and Mrs., Maspeth, NY. He was also awarded the The Toni And David Yarnell Merit Award Of Excellence In Art in 2015. His first solo exhibition was presented at Mrs. in 2016. Douglin lives and works in Kingston, NY.

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