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On July 23rd, The Untitled Space opened Jeanette Hayes‘ latest solo exhibition, “(hot girl) summer featuring (hot girl) summer art by Jeanette Hayes.” The exhibit’s title is inspired by rapper Meg Thee Stallion, and explores the playful and lighthearted mindset of summer through a series of detailed graphite on paper drawings and oil paintings. Curated by gallery director Indira Cesarine, it is on view until August 13th at the Tribeca gallery.

A number of elaborate collage-style drawings and oil paintings featuring a multitude of figures and iconic portraits spanning from Greek goddesses to anime and Minnie Mouse premiered in the solo show. Each artwork speaks to Hayes’ vision of a “hot girl summer.”  The New York-based artist built a reputation for herself throughout the years and is known for her expressive aesthetic that assembles numerous figures ranging from historical influences, cartoon characters, and pop culture icons juxtaposed with images of the female form. She often challenges stereotypes with her adventurous and satirical signature style.

Jeanette Hayes, “Myths”, 2019 featured in “(hot girl) summer featuring (hot girl) summer art by Jeanette Haye” at The Untitled Space

Originally hailing from Chicago, the artist moved to New York and earned her BFA from Pratt Institute. Hayes focuses on pop imagery through painting, video, digital manipulation and Internet collages. Her interests circle around the cultural phenomena and the confrontation of conventionality and subject matter. Hayes’ canvases can be described as a cauldron of art from different time periods and different cultures, showing her enamor of manga, Renaissance-era, and modern-day cartoon art.

Having international solo shows in Sweden, Italy and Belgium, Hayes’ work has also been shown at the Hole, Regina Rex, Castor Gallery, Romeo, Bleecker Street Arts Club, the National Arts Club and most recently at the Hudson Yards. Additionally, she’s been featured in multiple magazines, including the New York Times, Vogue Japan, i-D, Complex Magazine, Interview Magazine, Dazed, the Coveteur, Purple Magazine, Paper Magazine and Playboy. She has been hailed one of the “5 most important new artists in New York City,” by Time Out New York, Hayes has made animated GIFs and videos for Proenza Schouler, CHANEL, Alexander Wang, Cynthia Rowley, Vogue and Opening Ceremony.

Jeanette Hayes’ work has been in a number of successful solo and group exhibitions, including The Untitled Space group shows, “IRL: Investigating Reality” 2019, “EDEN” at SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW 2019, “SECRET GARDEN: The Female Gaze on Erotica” 2017, and “LIFEFORCE” 2016. “(hot girl) summer featuring (hot girl) summer art by Jeanette Hayes” is her first solo exhibition at the Tribeca gallery.

Jeanette Hayes, “Summer Love,” 2019 featured in “(hot girl) summer featuring (hot girl) summer art by Jeanette Haye” at The Untitled Space

Stated Hayes regarding the exhibit theme, “With everyone currently entrenched in daunting political times, I decided to delve into a body of work that would be amusing and could give the viewer a break from real life. These fantasy collages are composed with art historical/ pop culture references and memes/imagery found on Instagram and TikTok laced together with my own unique creations. The viewer is encouraged to explore these works and discover details that invoke (or trigger) happiness and nostalgia, hope for a fun future (maybe a future as soon as later tonight) or even rage if that is what you enjoy.” 

On view through August 13th.
45 Lispenard Street, NYC 10013

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