Here’s Looking at You

Mario Ayala

Cheyenne Julien

Linda Pedersen

Francine Spiegel

geetha thurairajah

June 9–July 15, 2017



Loyal presents Here’s Looking at You, a group exhibition exploring five different perspectives on being observed vs. being the observer.

This exhibition brings together the work of five artists from New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Stockholm, to explore the power of the subject / object relationship, what it is like to observe, looking through, then reflected back, how you are seen and perceived by others and this awareness, what it is like to be seen, to be observed. The exhibition presents seven new paintings by Mario Ayala, Cheyenne Julien, Francine Spiegel and geetha thurairajah and a large-scale, carved wood sculpture by Linda Pedersen.

Mario Ayala (b. 1991, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Ayala graduated from The San Francisco Art Institute in 2014 where he received the Yale Norfolk fellowship in 2012. He was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. Ayala recently had his first solo show, Seasoned And Embarrassed Like A Wet Dog at SADE, Los Angeles and the followup Pen Pal at Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco, CA. Group exhibitions include Welcome To The Left Coast at The Luggage Store Gallery; Summer Group Show at Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco; The House Of Special Purpose at 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn; Something Completely Different at City Limits, Oakland; 5 Year Anniversary at Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco; Locals Only at RVSF, San Francisco; and Give + Take at Adobe Books, San Francisco.

Cheyenne Julien (b. 1994, Bronx, NY) lives and works in The Bronx, NY. Julien received her BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. Julien has also participated in artist residencies at the OxBow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI in 2016 and the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT in 2016. She was awarded the Florence Leif Award from RISD in 2016 and the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2017. Her work is currently on view at American Medium, curated by Freeman Gallery in New York, and she has an upcoming exhibition at Smart Objects, Los Angeles. Her work will be included in the upcoming exhibition Dreamers Awake at White Cube Bermondsey in London.

Linda Pedersen (b. 1987, Gothenburg, Sweden) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Pedersen is currently taking her BFA at Konstfack in Stockholm. Having recently completed an exchange term in Tokyo Zokei University she returned to Stockholm to begin working on large scale wood sculpture. She has participated in group exhibitions at Vita Rosen, Gothenburg, SE; Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, SE; Galleri Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, SE; Idun, curated by Daniel Iinatti at Galleri Idun, Stockholm, SE; and Dragon’s Lair, curated by Daniel Iinatti and Agatha Valkyrie Ice in Stockholm.

Francine Spiegel (b. 1975 Miami, FL) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Spiegel received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Art and Design in 1997. She has mounted solo exhibitions at Loyal Gallery, Deitch Projects, New York and Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami. Group exhibitions include: The Hole, New York; CANADA, New York; OHWOW, Miami; Max Wigram London; Andreas Melas Presents, Athens; Peres Projects, Berlin; LOYAL, Stockholm; Spiegel’s work has been included in exhibitions at Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, France; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; MACRo Future Museum, Rome; Arken Museum, Copenhagen.

geetha thurairajah (b. 1986, Waterloo, CA) is currently based in Toronto. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. In 2016, she was a finalist in the RBC painting competition and she participated in painting residencies at the Banff Centre and the New York Arts Practicum in 2015. She was awarded Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant in 2016 and the ArtsNB Grant in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Projet Pangée, Montreal; The New Gallery, Calgary; 8-11 Gallery, Toronto; AC Repair Co, Toronto; Worksound International in Mexico City.  Her work has been featured in Editorial Magazine, Canadian Art and Paper Magazine. She is currently the artist in residence at Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, NY.