This fall, Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents its sixth solo exhibition of new work by Keltie Ferris. dOUbTsWISHes, on view from October 26 through December 9, 2023, features approximately ten new large-scale paintings, including a new series of body prints on canvas that are being exhibited for the first time.
Over the past decade Ferris has become known for his unique, visually cacophonous style, in which dynamic layers are built up and removed with hand-held spray guns, palette knives and occasionally stencils and three-dimensional forms. In dOUbTsWISHes, Ferris mines his own visual vocabulary to further his exploration of mark-making, erasure and abstraction.
Viewed together, the works in dOUbTsWISHes evidence a deliberate diversity of approaches: oil stick lines and bursts, spray-painted grids and dots, hand-painted quilts. Ferris deconstructs and reconstructs his own methods of painting, conceptually morphing from large symphonies of marks to smaller ensembles and solos, then back again.
In his ongoing signature series of body prints, Ferris uses his own body like a brush, covering it with natural oils and pigments and pressing it against a surface. New explorations of body prints on view in dOUbTsWISHes include three vibrantly colored versions captured on canvas for the first time, rather than on paper.