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Paul Gagner & Danielle Orchard


March 31 - April 30, 2017

"I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with."
-Stuart Smalley
-a fictional character invented and performed by comedian and satirist (and later United States Senator from Minnesota) Al Franken. The character originated on the television show Saturday Night Live, in a mock self-help show called "Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley."

My paintings reflect and feed on common anxieties associated with artists. “How will people respond? Is this too didactic? Is this good? Am I being delusional? Is this a bunch of bullshit?”

I see moments of vulnerability as opportunities for finding humorand empathy, bringing together disparate painting languages and art historical influences to create a world that is at once composited and unified, populated by a recurring cast of characters that are proxies for myself.
The aspect of humanity I want to approach in my work is at once tender and funny, violent and calm, graceful and clumsy. Languor and the anxiety of inaction exemplify the tension that exists between anticipated and actual experience, tension that I hope to capture in my work.

Paul Gagner was born in 1976 in rural Wisconsin. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005, and his MFA from Brooklyn College in 2009. He has exhibited throughout the US including the Sheila & Richard Riggs Leidy Galleries at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Housatonic Museum of Art and the Richmond Center for Visual Arts. Currently he is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Danielle Orchard (b. 1985, Michigan City, Indiana), is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2009 and an MFA in Painting from CUNY-Hunter College in 2013. She was a 2013 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellow, and recipient of the 2014 Alma B.C. Schapiro Fellowship for a Woman Painter at the Corporation of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY. She has participated in group exhibitions at Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, NE; Driscoll Babcock Gallery in New York, NY; Judith Charles Gallery in New York, NY; and Field Projects Gallery in New York, NY, among others. She is also a member and curator at Underdonk Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
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By: Mulherin Toronto