TURN Gallery is pleased to present Double or Nothing, Josh Jefferson’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Advancing his studio practice of brushwork experimentation and harnessing fluidity, Jefferson expands his exploration of form in this new body of work. Created by using two brushes at once, his new approach devises a path of entry to the heart of each painting from which the viewer travels from the inside out. Furthering his desire to simplify shapes, Jefferson playfully gestures down to a glance of an eye hovering between palpable and the unknown.

“This new series was created by using two brushes at the same time. A new process to start fresh, this approach was a way to get into the painting from the inside out. The paintings at first became an ambidextrous stress test. A type of all around mirror image mask. Through trial and error I arrived at being able to layer the pieces on the canvas. I began to build them in my mind beforehand and lay down layers that would shape and overlap to an anticipated outcome. This process of symmetry helped create a double image that would become a hill or an inside of a cave or a canyon. Sometimes the paintings were built from the center of the painting and others from the bottom up, scraping off paint and adding another layer if needed. This new access to the painting helped me to really connect with the paint and to see what I needed to see to advance the work.” - Josh Jefferson

Josh Jefferson's recent solo exhibitions include Steven Zevitas, Boston, Ma; Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA; Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA; TURN Gallery, New York, NY as well as group exhibitions at The Garage, Amsterdam, NE; Abigail Ogilvy, Boston, MA; Mini Galerie, Amsterdam, NE; and Zieher Smith, New York, NY. Josh Jefferson lives and works in Boston, MA.


Juxtapoz Magazine, September 10, 2021