Ring Hand, Evan Mazellan, Painting ’24


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    10 x 8 x 1 inches

    Oil on canvas

    I’ve been thinking a lot about surgeries and this search for perfection. Long interested in bodily injury and deformity, I was born with a cleft lip. After receiving multiple surgeries, the impossibility of perfection set in, and my work recapitulates such scenes, offering new outcomes that alter the standards of beauty. Sourcing images from personal imagery, news outlets, books, celebrities, religious figures, and sports icons, I’m interested in a “before and after process,” a desire to die in the face of one’s old self and become anew.

    The painting on the left is a fistful of Superbowl rings. I wanted the painting to feel like a punch to the gut. I pulled the image from the news dating back to 2005 covering a story where Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, claimed President Putin stole his ring in front of the press. President Putin tried on Kraft’s ring and said, “I can kill someone with this ring.” As Kraft put his hand out to collect his ring, Putin pocketed it and walked out with his guards. So it goes.

    Item is located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Local pickup available. Domestic shipping included.

    b. Orange County, CA; Lives and works in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    Evan Mazellan’s paintings grapple with privacy, injury, and ownership, lifting objects and materials directly from digital media, personal photos, and belongings in and around the studio. Rendered in oil with a trompe l’oeil effect, familiar objects take on new meaning as they are fragmented and re-assembled into a pictorial space. Expanding based on scale and charged associations, the work simultaneously revels in and calls into question the blurred lines of a personal and public life.

    The artist graduated with a degree in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013. Mazellan’s paintings have been featured at Massey Klein Gallery in New York, NY (2022); Bunker East and Bunker West, curated by John Garcia in Queens, NY (2021); Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion (2021); and the Rockaway Artist Alliance in Queens, NY (2019); and in a two-person exhibition with Walker Walls Tarver at Passageway Gallery at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI (2022); and alongside artist Becca Shmuluvitz at Gallery Diorama in Brooklyn, NY (2020). His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Rockaway Artist Alliance (2021), Shrine Gallery in New York City (2021) and The Holy Art in London (2021). Mazellan and his paintings have been published in print and online publications, including Architectural Digest, The Rockaway Times and The Wave. Mazellan is currently attending Cranbrook Academy of Art for his MFA in Painting.