BREACH Gallery presents, “More Than This”, a solo exhibition for contemporary artist Ces McCully. For her first solo show in the United States, McCully presents a series of paintings that seamlessly move from geometric abstract color fields to graphically minimal self-portraits to sentiments rendered in playful letters that on first glance appear gentler than perhaps their subtext would suggest.
In the past, McCully has explored themes of identity and the evolution of contemporary social paradigms as a result of technology and social media. For “More Than This”, she has centered her work around the theme of femininity. Continuing to discuss questions of identity, she utilizes influences from textile work and religious iconography to create pieces that feel personal and at times nostalgic. Her work both reveals and examines areas of society where women have historically sought solace or ways to exercise their voice or power.
Expressing both an intimate story of womanhood as well as creating a cultural commentary that is universal, McCully empowers her message with a very intentional choice of color and texture. The text she utilizes is at once idiomatic and cryptic, as the words blend together in an array of muted colors. Her abstract paintings, whose geometry recall patterns of fabric, are harmonious and meditative compositions. Employing this organic sense of form, McCully brings forth work that reimagines and reaffirms feminine space.
BREACH IS the newly founded contemporary gallery from Fabien Castanier and Ed Broner. With Castanier as the gallery’s owner-director and Broner undertaking curation and art direction, BREACH is built on a philosophy of openness and equal opportunity. In contrast to selection processes based on discriminatory categories, such as social background or educational credentials, at BREACH, it is the quality of the artistic work that is paramount in the program’s determination.
As a decades-long gallery owner and director, Fabien Castanier continues to explore ventures in the art world sphere that bridge the gap between cultures and genres. Founding BREACH has opened up more pathways towards the cultivation of emerging and diverse talent, always with the mission to unlock new potential within a strong international gallery program. With his sights aimed at creating a welcoming space for contemporary and cutting-edge artists, Castanier remains an advocate for the perseverance of the cultural landscape in Miami and beyond.
As an artist and curator, Ed Broner has long been intensly involved with the most diverse places in which painting can be created. On the one hand, he has demonstrated a keen intuition for young talent for many years – even when they were still students experimenting at their universities. He has a sense for trends, movements and emerging careers. His former blog Now Now Contemporary brought about influential discoveries. On the other hand, Ed Broner doesn’t just look around at institutions, nor is he interested in who was a master student of which professor when making his selection. He makes no distinction between self-taught artists, outsiders of an underground culture, graffiti sprayers, or award-winning fellows. Age and origin are also irrelevant. Ed Broner curates paintings, not biographies or profiles. An unfortunately rare but all the more exciting approach.