Parrasch Heijnen is pleased to present the gallery’s second solo exhibition with New York-based artist Emma Soucek (b. 1996, Long Beach, CA). An artist reception was held for “Emma Soucek: Feeling Tone” on October 8, 2022, and the exhibition is open to the public through November 5, 2022.
Through tactically manipulating paper pulp, Soucek constructs rhythmic paintings where fragmented patterns fluidly merge. These movements, though rigid in anatomy, shift and alter as gestural waves of pixelation. The artist revisualizes the grain of her medium in expanding forms, recycling from a larger narrative.
Each work begins with a loose underpainting. The aqueous pulp is pressed into the canvas following this primary structure, then dissected in a revision process, allowing gestures and markings to organically collide. Soucek’s intentional disruption of the grid, like the disjointed motion in My Simple Nervous System (2022), marries elements of free-flowing current with chaotic unity. Initially, the medium is blended with water, acrylic paint, and a fixative before being molded to the plane. As it sets, the grain of the painting physically melds together, engaging gravity with the artist’s balance of movement and control.
Emma Soucek lives and works in New York. Soucek received her B.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. Her work has been featured in two-person and group exhibitions at: Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE; Marinaro, New York, NY; At Peace Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; CANADA, New York, NY; and the Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach, FL; and resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), CA. Emma Soucek is represented by Parrasch Heijnen.
On view: October 8, 2022 – November 5, 2022
What: Solo Exhibition, Emma Soucek
Where: Parrasch Heijnen, 1326 South Boyle Avenue, LA, 90023