Yevgeniya Baras: Skirting Legibility
Opening Friday, September 13th
Sep 13—Oct 26, 2019
(Detroit, MI — August 26, 2019) — Reyes | Finn is pleased to present two solo exhibitions of new work by Maya Stovall and Yevgeniya Baras, titled Machine and Skirting Legibility respectively. The opening reception will take place at the gallery on Friday, September 13 from 6 to 8pm.
Maya Stovall, a fourth-generation Detroiter who splits her time between Detroit and LA, investigates what she considers monumental questions of existence. Equal parts conceptual artist and anthropologist, she works across moving and still image, objects, and performance, deploying frameworks of time, space, and place to press questions of historical context and contemporary living. For her first solo exhibition with Reyes | Finn, she presents a new wall-mounted installation of neon and fluorescent works titled A _____ that defies gravity. These works are presented alongside her new neon series, 1526 (NASDAQ: FAANG), drawing upon over 490 years and tens of thousands of pages of African American historical archives. Phase 2 of 1526 will be presented with the gallery at NADA Miami, 2019. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with Reyes | Finn, it is not her first time in the gallery’s location. In high school, she worked at 1500 Trumbull Avenue when it was a community center called Casa Maria Family Services.
Yevgeniya Baras is a Brooklyn-based artist whose slow, layered canvases function between sculpture in low relief and painting. Baras’s marks accumulate as stitches, folds, embedded found objects, and layers of paint. Her paintings may encounter abuse, instability, and abandonment, and become themselves in the process. Surfaces contain symbols and elements of text in Cyrillic and Latin. The resulting works emerge as bilingual objects, imperfect, spirited, and mysterious. For her first solo exhibition with Reyes | Finn, she will present eight new paintings.