Cj Hendry: Plaid

Cj Hendry: Plaid
17th April 2023 – 23rd April 2023
220 Newel St
Greenpoint Brooklyn

Brooklyn based conceptual artist, Cj Hendrys tenth solo show, Plaid will present a new suite of large-scale, hyper-realistic pencil drawings in her signature heuristic exhibition format in Brooklyn this April. Hendry’s practice intersects, the literal and conceptual. Plaid in its figurative form is a collection of two-dimensional drawings comprising perpendicular lines in dry brush strokes, a departure from Hendry’s historic paint drawings, that are glossy and three-dimensional. The conceptual is articulated in a 5,000 sqft labyrinth installation “Plaidground” for adult-consumption and play, designed to mimic the Plaid pattern featured in the works.

Cj Hendry: Plaid
Cj Hendry: Plaid Installation view

With a precedence on how the work is experienced, Hendry’s conceptual practice hones a literal element, that is magnified, extending the scale. Hendry says, “I would love for each original artwork to only be able to be viewed as the entire experience, it brings such a greater depth to the genre of hyperrealism.” A recurring theme through Hendry’s exhibitions is nostalgia and play, “Plaid encourages the viewer to connect with the inner child and experience the simplicity of joy before growing up and feeling the burden of adulthood,” she says.

Cj Hendry: Plaid Installation view

The connectivity between Plaid and Play started as a word-play and evolved based on Hendry’s observance of the limited sophistication in the design of the public parks and playgrounds that she had frequented. “I thought, how great would it be for a playground to be a public art sculpture? My practice is autonomous and trying to work with a government body on a park project presents many challenges. So, I said, fuck it! I’ll do it myself,” she says. Located at 220 Newel Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Plaid will run April 17-23, 10-6pm. 24 original artworks will be displayed.

Cj Hendry: Plaid

The exhibition is open to the public with a $10 entry fee and guests will receive a complimentary pair of Plaid grip socks upon entry. Works, editions, scarves and puzzles will be available exclusively on cjhendrystudio.com on April 20, 2023 at 7pm.

©2023 Cj Hendry

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