Yevgeniya Baras and Julia Haft-Candell: Parts of Speech

November 12, 2020 - February 6, 2021

Inman Gallery is pleased to present Yevgeniya Baras and Julia Haft-Candell: Parts of Speech, a two-person exhibition featuring paintings by Baras and ceramic sculpture by Haft-Candell. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, November 12 through January 9, 2021, and is accompanied by a brochure with essay by Clare Elliott, Associate Research Curator at the Menil Collection, Houston.


Parts of Speech brings together a sculptor and a painter whose working process is intuitive and whose tactile abstractions straddle the symbolic and the mystical. Baras' paintings are assembled, with elements and layers added over time, resulting in idiosyncratic objects with strong bas-relief textures and sumptuous surfaces. Haft-Candell's ceramic sculptures marry two surface treatments - one, unglazed black clay with a white slip into which the artist has carved a woven sgraffito motif, and the other, layers of glaze over organic forms. Seen together for the first time in Parts of Speech, the artists' parallel approaches are made clear. Additionally, Haft-Candell's sculptures bring out the "objecthood" of Baras' paintings, and Baras' paintings invite closer inspection of the surface treatments and undulations of Haft-Candell’s sculptures.


As Clare Elliott notes: 


“Skeins of impasto spread vein-like over the surface of Baras’ canvas, the paint itself like blood, or viscera, while the irregular, ovoid shapes suggests vital organs. Some of Haft-Candell’s works sprout arms and hands that variously reach out from, or attempt to grasp onto, the amorphous craggy forms that support them. The textural qualities of each artist’s work combined with these bodily references resonate with the deeply human yearning for touch, particularly acute in this moment of social distancing.”


We welcome you to visit by appointment anytime during the gallery's regular business hours. Please call 713-526-7800 to arrange a viewing.