Ann Pibal
THFR, 2012
Acrylic on aluminum panel
12.75 x 16.25 inches
32.4 x 41.3 cm
Ann Pibal
2TRS, 2012
Acrylic on aluminum panel
10.5 x 14.5 inches
26.7 x 36.8 cm
Ann Pibal
EYWH, 2012
Acrylic on aluminum panel
11.5 x 13.75 inches
29.2 x 34.9 cm
Ann Pibal
SH2T, 2012
Acrylic on aluminum panel
13.75 x 11.5 inches
34.9 x 29.2 cm
Ann Pibal
XPCV, 2012
Acrylic on aluminum panel
11.7 x 12.75 inches
44.5 x 32.4 cm
David Schutter
Study for AIC C E, 2012
Oil on linen
22 x 16.25 inches
55.9 x 41.3 cm
David Schutter
Study for AIC C, 2012
Oil on canvas
23.5 x 28.5 inches
59.7 x 72.4 cm
Jeronimo Elespe
Melville's Withdrawal, 2012
Oil on aluminum panel
19.96 x 9.84 inches
38 x 25 cm
Jeronimo Elespe
Last Eclipse, 2012
Oil on aluminum panel
2.36 x 1.57 inches
6 x 4 cm
Jeronimo Elespe
Perdidas, 2012
4 x 4 inches
10.2 x 10.2 cm
Jeronimo Elespe
Segundo T, 2012
12 x 10 inches
30.5 x 25.4 cm
Jeronimo Elespe
Plantas de Don Ramon, 2012
Oil on aluminum panel
2.36 x 1.18 inches
6 x 3 cm
Jeronimo Elespe
Inward, 2011
Oil on aluminum panel
7.09 x 5.12 inches
18 x 13 cm
John Dilg
A Religious Experience, 2009-10
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm
John Dilg
(Another) Origin of the World, 2009
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm
John Dilg
Red Cedar, Re-cycled, 2011
Oil on canvas
11 x 14 inches
27.9 x 35.6 cm
John Dilg
Wisconsin, 2010
11 x 14 inches
27.9 x 35.6 cm
Josephine Halvorson
Husband, 2012
Oil on linen
19 x 15 inches
48.3 x 38.1 cm
Josephine Halvorson
Gun Holes, 2012
Oil on linen
15 x 19 inches
38.1 x 48.3 cm
Josephine Halvorson
Chalkboard (Big Meech), 2012
Oil on linen
34 x 28 inches
86.4 x 71.1 cm
Josephine Halvorson
Bench Marks, 2010
Oil on linen
17 x 21 inches
43.2 x 53.3 cm
Merlin James
Yelllow, 2001-10
Acrylic and wood on canvas
27.375 x 30.125 inches
69.5 x 76.5 cm
Merlin James
Piper, 2000-01
Acrylic on canvas
14.25 x 12.75 inches
36.2 x 32.4 cm
Merlin James
Untitled/Woods, 2010
Acrylic and hair on canvas
19.75 x 27.625 inches
50.2 x 70.2 cm
Merlin James
After the Alinari
Acrylic on canvas
21.375 x 13.25 inches
54.3 x 33.7 cm
Merlin James
The Water, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
19.25 x 27.375 inches
48.9 x 69.5 cm
Robert Bordo
False Alarm, 2010
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Robert Bordo
Yankee Dollar, 2011
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Robert Bordo
At Bay, 2010
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Ryan McLaughlin
Treif Collage, 2012
Oil on linen on board
12.625 x 15.875 inches
32.1 x 40.3 cm
Ryan McLaughlin
Treif Collage, 2012
Oil on linen on board
11.875 x 17 inches
30.2 x 43.2 cm
Ann Pibal, David Schutter, Jeronimo Elespe, John Dilg, Josephine Halvorson, Merlin James, Robert Bordo, Ryan McLaughlin
The Big Picture
June 8 - July 25, 2012
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Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to present the group exhibition The Big Picture featuring work by Robert Bordo, John Dilg, Jeronimo Elespe, Josephine Halvorson, Merlin James, Ryan McLaughlin, Ann Pibal, and David Schutter on view from June 8 through July 25, 2012.
 
A great deal of attention is paid to the large-scale artworks that are found in museums, galleries, and many other public spaces, and if the works that can be seen at many contemporary galleries are any indication, this preference for oversized art shows little sign of abating. However, while the trend of oversized art continues, a number of painters have chosen to work in a considerably smaller scale. The Big Picture presents paintings by eight contemporary artists who predominately work in small or modest scale. While many artists produce small paintings within an oeuvre that includes large-scale work, the artists included in the exhibition almost exclusively paint in a more modest scale.
 
The artists in The Big Picture are drawn to small-scale works for a variety of reasons. Josephine Halvorson, for example, paints objects perceptually, on site, and often in a single sitting. The small canvas is, therefore, a practical aspect of making her work and reflects the intimacy of her encounter with an object. As Ann Pibal observes, working in small-scale also creates a different dialogue between the viewer and the work of art:
 
A small painting can certainly deliver an enormously powerful image, while at the same time sidestepping assertions of the heroic, or of spectacle. …Small paintings intimate the domestic and the personal – they create a space the size of one viewer at a time. Because of this, it seems to me, a small painting has a better chance of delivering its image as a question or conversation – rather than an assertion of a ‘truth’ looming-large.