We get a lot of press releases about art shows. A lot. Most are really fantastic and most are of artists we’re at least a little familiar with, all of which we do our best to share in some capacity. When we get someone we think is really special and is totally foreign to us, we have to share. Greta Waller is an artist like that, a Maloney Fine Art repped young lady with an upcoming show and a unique, weird artistic point of view. She’s one of our new art obsessions.
Waller paints in oils and does these blurred, impressionistic still lives. She paints closets, melting ice on elaborate plates, façades of art galleries, and sometimes bizarro life details. Her paintings are a little woozy, their details flowing together but defined enough that you can understand what is being portrayed: her images are in as transitory as her gesture is. While her work could easily get caught in intellectualizing subjects, she has a very unique and often funny (Dare we say that f-word in relationship to fine art.) point of view and way of detailing something. For example, the two photos above–a macro-face of a Pomeranian and a pee pee filled toilet–inspire as many chuckles as they do awe filled sighs because they are beautiful. They’re framed very precisely too, zoomed in exactly on what her brushes are obsessed with. The same wit can be said in her catching the beautiful but fleeting melting of ice hunks, voyeuristic looks into various closet and unmentionable spaces, and other landscapes of mundane shit (which she translates beautifully).
What’s most special about Waller is that she’s still learning: according to her Maloney bio, she’s currently completing her MFA at UCLA. We’re not sure if we saw her when we visited last year but we can certainly see how she would fit into the program (fellow UCLA MFA and blurry painter Theodora Allen comes from the same program). We’re excited to see what Waller does next and you can catch her work up at Maloney from November 3 through December 15, with an opening reception the first night of the show. For more of her work, check out her website.