My current work began with an impulse to paint the face of the Joker from the most recent Batman. The character, both physically and psychologically juicy, oscillates between opposites: philosopher/brute, order/chaos, sane/insane. Like the most compelling artwork---for all of his explicitness, he resists easy definition.
This initial undertaking led to a continuing group of portraits allied by a questioning of these sort of categorical extremes---in the current series that of heroes/villains. The project is a consideration of where my own interpretation of figures that hover amid these literal antonyms coincides with, resists or completely derails from prevailing ideologies and histories.
Gail Stoicheff holds an MFA in painting from Bard College (2005), and a BFA from The Pennsylvania State University (2000). Recent shows include: Brooklyn Painters, Bryan Gallery, NC (2009); Gimme a Little Sign, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles (2008); Beyond Pastoral, Gallery w52, NYC (2006) and Despite the Sun, Foxy Productions, NYC (2004). She was the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and The Elaine DeKooning Painting Award, and was recently the cover artist for the New England Review.