June 28th – August 12th, 2018

OPENING: Thursday, June 28th, from 6-9pm

Charlie Billingham, Cristina BanBan, Eric Yahnker, Fernando Botero, Francine Spiegel, George Rouy, Gina Beavers, Jansson Stegner, Jonathan Chapline, Koichi Sato, Misaki Kawai, Monica Kim Garza, Rebecca Morgan, Taylor McKimens, Todd James, Vanessa Prager

The Hole is proud to present a group exhibition of big women; in body or spirit–or both. Sixteen paintings fill our polka-dotted main gallery space ranging from emerging artists like the above work by Cristina Banban, to octogenarian Colombian artist Fernando Botero.  Depictions of women that are large and in charge, over the top, big boned (whatever that means), the show includes loud and proud, Rubenesque, zaftig, powerful or pretty—but not petite.

Works like Koichi Sato’s bodybuilders or Gina Beavers’ thick-lipped reliefs are loud and strong; Misaki Kawai and Monica Kim Garza paint the playful and unapologetic, Rebecca Morgan’s self-portrait is frazzled and extreme, while Charlie Billingham crosses over into the repugnantly porcine. Jonathan Chapline makes a female nude very thick, like carved from chunks of wood thicc, while Todd James takes curves into a fantasy world of giant woman warriors.

Francine Spiegel paints a slopped up female emerging from sludge in the witchiest way; Vanessa Prager sculpts her women with the oil paint itself a few inches deep, a group of juicy nude ladies with just a hint of horribleness. Lastly, Eric Yahnker exhibits an oil pastel that is truly “extra,” as the sitter has extra heads, extra mouths, extra tongues in an over abundance of eroticism. 

Our large ladies summer show was inspired by interesting new figure paintings of women of larger and bolder shapes, and thinking about how the size of women’s bodies over time in the history of painting has been scrutinized. Even with current media burying painting under exponentially proliferating images of bodies, does painting still have an impact on what bodies people consider normal? I’ve been so pleased to see bodies like my normal appearing alongside thin or idealized ladies, but often in the painted world a diversity of bodies is the norm.

Without focusing too much on “extra large,” I became more interested in just “extra.” A slang term in the past decade for being too much, over the top, maybe a little bit trying too hard, or just too in your face, EXTRA is enough like a compliment that I am into it. Being a size extra large tall is an essay in and of itself on feeling like there is too much of yourself, but I personally am psyched to be in a show of similar scale. And tone, as of course I am aware that a lot of the shows I have curated in the past fifteen years have been…a bit loud. Hence, our polka-dotted walls, investigating what too-muchness can look like in exhibition design, and how paintings hold up on a busy and over-the-top wall. It is a lot – it may even be too much.

Artforum: Critics’ Picks – “Extra” at The Hole
















CBan 1

Cristina Banban Sunset con las chicas, 2018, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 79.8 x 59 inches, 180 x 150 cm


Fernando Botero Society Woman, 2003, oil on canvas, 72 x 55 inches, 183 x 139.7 cm (framed); 61 x 48 inches, 155 x 122 cm (unframed)

GR 1

George Rouy SING?!, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 79 x 59 inches, 200 x 150 cm

TJ 23

Todd James So Many Pipes, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm

MK 93

Misaki Kawai Aerobics Sensei, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 36 inches, 117 x 91 cm

KSat 1

Koichi Sato Muscle Ladies, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 101.6 x 101.6 cm


Monica Kim Garza Drama y Luz / When Doves Cry, 2018, foam paper, acrylic, oil pastel on canvas, 70 x 58 inches, 178 x 147 cm


Monica Kim Garza Back to Back, 2018, acrylic, rhinestones, and wool on canvas, 48 x 56 inches, 122 x 142 cm


Monica Kim Garza They Say Sombreros Are Really UFOs, 2018, shiny paper, rhinestones,  acrylic, burlap sack on canvas, 56 x 48 inches, 142 x 122 cm


Monica Kim Garza Lace Trim On My Socks, 2017, lace trim, acrylic, glitter, oil pastel on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, 122 x 91 cm

VP 107 1500

Vanessa Prager Women I, 2018, oil on canvas, 72 x 96 inches (diptych), 183 x 243.8 cm


Charlie Billingham Mare’s Tail, 2018, oil on primed polyester, 47 x 59 inches, 120 x 150 cm

FS 30

Francine Spiegel Untitled, 2018, acrylic and airbrush on canvas, 48 x 32 inches, 122 x 81 cm

TM 98

Taylor McKimens Getting Far, 2018, acrylic, flashe, acrylic-gouche, crayon, and paper on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, 122 x 183 cm


Rebecca Morgan Self Portrait Post MFA Wearing the Smock of a Former Employer II, 2017, digital print on linen, 98.4 x 63 inches, 250 x 160 cm

EY 93

Eric YahnkerTriple Dee, 2018, pastel on sandpaper, 64 x 40 inches, 162.6 x 101.6 cm

GBea 1

Gina BeaversLip Balls 3, acrylic and paper on canvas on panel, 30 x 30 x 10 inches, 76.2 x 76.2 x 25.4 cm

jansson stegner breakfast

Jansson Stegner Breakfast on the Road, 2017, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 76 x 61 cm

JC 32

Jonathan Chapline Virtual Character (Woman III), 2018, acrylic and flashe on panel, 35 x 47 inches, 89 x 119.4 cm