March 16

Sally Scopa MY TECTONICS 3.16 to 4.20

a solo show of paintings in the foyer gallery

opening parallel to the warehouse exhibition 12-4pm

The artist will join us this Saturday from WA state where she teaches at Western Washington University. This is Scopa's first solo in California coming fresh off last summer's residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. Oolong will be exhibiting new work in the foyer gallery of the warehouse building in Encinitas with an opening reception from noon to four Saturday afternoon, right before the garden art party at the Brown Studio nearby. That event is in celebration of a large group show LEUCADIA running parallel between two ferns, so to speak. More info on the group show and event here.

Sally Scopa (b. 1990) uses the formal language of painting, which is filled with historically entrenched rules and expectations, to question the equally timeworn standards that govern the female body. While her work critiques mainstream ideas about beauty, it is first and foremost a celebration of the body’s small rebellions, its pleasures and idiosyncrasies. In her paintings, diagrams of cellulite become mountainous landscapes; curiously shaped holes in the earth morph into sensuous pairs of legs; white, abstract grids, upon further inspection, reveal themselves to be plump and inviting mattresses where the viewer’s gaze can come to rest. 

Scopa graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies, and from Stanford University in 2019 with an MFA in Art Practice. She has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, SOMA in Mexico City, and the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, France. Recent shows include a two-person exhibition at el Museo de la Ciudad (Querétaro, MX) with Carlos Vielma, solo exhibitions at Eve Leibe Gallery (London) and Biquini Wax EPS (Mexico City), as well as group exhibitions at 550 Gallery (New York) Ladies’ Room LA (Los Angeles) and Radio28 (Mexico City). She is based in Bellingham, Washington where she teaches at Western Washington University.

Selections of previously published paintings, with brand new work coming to Oolong (not pictured):

Observer, 2022 acrylic on linen with glass eye, 7.25 x 5.5 in

Horizontal History, 2022 acrylic on linen, 10 x 10 in

At Rest, 2022 acrylic on linen, 10 x 10 in 

Welcome to the Pleasure Archipelago (Oh, Yes), 2022 acrylic on linen, 9 x 12 in

Oolong Gallery  

687 2nd St. Encinitas, CA 92024

Telephone +1 858 229 2788