Merging the subjective and objective via abstraction, Noah (b. Belfast, ME, 1988) uses humor, subtlety, and suspension to create specifically ambiguous images that allude to a narrative reading. Scenes are set wherein familiar notions of rationality need not apply, and connections and meanings between unrelated things become perceivable.
2020 Acrylic on canvas 45.72 x 60.96 cm / 18 x 24 in
Scenes are set wherein familiar notions of rationality need not apply, and connections and meanings between unrelated things become perceivable.
2019 Acrylic on canvas 91.44 x 121.92 cm / 36 x 48 in
2020 Acrylic and oil on canvas 55.88 x 96.52 cm / 22 x 38 in
Joachim Pissarro: The grey parts are kind of viscose, almost like a rhinoceros skin or something like that. But the top is very flat, very smooth—at least from what I’m seeing at least. Is that discrepancy what you’re looking for?
Noah Stitt: Yeah, they end up using a lot of layers. Every decision is kind of intuitive. So whatever is there before gets incorporated, whether it wants to be or not. Yeah, it’s a lot of mediums and mixtures. I used to be an oil painter for a long time, and then I came here and discovered the guerra paint store and have been kind of experimenting with mixing and making. I'm basically trying to merge the subjective and objective to a point where the line of separation between the two can't be found. With humor, suspension, and specific ambiguity, they reach for a narrative reading of the image. Scenes are set wherein familiar ideas of rationality don't apply, and connections and meanings between unrelated things become perceivable. I like to think of them as ‘narrative abstractions’.
The annual Spring 2020 Thesis Exhibition for graduates of the Hunter College MFA Studio Art program represents works by 19 artist graduates of this nationally noted program. Originally planned as a series of physical presentations at Hunter’s 205 Hudson Street campus in Tribeca, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFA Thesis Exhibition’s digital iteration aims to provide a new, expanded platform for young artists entering the field.