James May Gallery is presenting two virtual shows through August: Survival of the Unexpected, featuring work by Anne Hayden Stevens, Kassandra Palmer and Kelly Justice; and COVID Collage, featuring the work of Reni Gower. View them at artsy.net/james-may-gallery.
Stevens works in painting, drawing, printmaking and public art. She studies the way history and painting have marginalized women and, through landscape painting and collage, makes pictures of moments that were not collected in existing histories.
Palmer allows her art to freely oscillate between figuration and abstraction, makes room for the unexpected and listens for echoes that ring true but do not compute.
Justice is a full-time practicing artist who creates vibrant slipcast wares using patterned plaster molds and colored porcelain slip. They are functional but also serve as statement pieces.
Gower’s COVID Collage series began as a coping strategy while sheltering in place, and her goal was to produce 100 works using only materials at hand. These resulting pieces incorporate geometric shapes culled from patterns Gower invents for her large papercut works.