Jamie Felton,
Ariel Herwitz,
& James Edwin Payne
Object Cause

June 1 – July 1, 2018

A flower, a bee, a sweet smell in the air; from a burst of light, life begins. As we form our very first thoughts, our sex, our desire, steeps with the seeds of our imagination as we slowly stir it around in our minds. In art, our everything revolves around how we touch paint or pen to paper or how we create structure to wrap and grow a world around us.

With these three artists, we see a tireless exploration connected by the various ways they literally put their touch in the work. Through gesture and pattern-making, through movement, and through growth and care each artist imbues their work with the hand, the skin, the touch.

Jamie Felton (b. 1986) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Felton received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her MFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in painting. She participated in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). Her work has been exhibited at Nicodim Gallery, OOF Books, Ms.Barbers and Central Park in (Los Angeles, CA) Nudashank Gallery in (Baltimore, MD), Interstate Projects, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, BRIC Rotunda Gallery in (Brooklyn, NY), Katzen Museum, American University in (Washington, DC), Vox Populli in (Philadelphia, PA), Torrance Museum (Torrance, CA) and The Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia, PA). Felton has attended several residencies including Millay Colony for the Arts (2014) and The Lighthouse Works (2014). She has been a finalist for the Dedalus Foundation Grant (2012), awarded the Deans Grant (2013), and a nominee for the Rema Hort Grant (2017).

Ariel Herwitz (b. 1983 Atlanta, GA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a B.A. in Visual Art from Bennington College in 2006, and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011. Her work has been exhibited throughout Los Angeles at BBQLA, Four Six One Nine, Marine Projects, Loudhailer Gallery, Greene Exhibitions, and Ambach and Rice galleries, with a recent solo exhibition at Ochi Projects. She has been rewarded residencies at Marble House Project and Bennington College. Her works explore through form, composition, color and texture, ideas of interpretation, understanding, and the subjectivity of the view or gaze.

James Payne (b. Chicago, IL) currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He is a Sculptor and Printmaker. James received a BA from Bennington College studying both Architecture and Sculpture in 2006 and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011. His practice is a reflective process using a wide range of media including steel, concrete, roses and works on paper. He has shown and been a resident at Good Weather Gallery, North Little Rock, AK, Ox-Bow School of Art, Artist’s Residency, Saugatuck, MI and Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN.