Jeanette Mundt’s solo debut at Company Gallery is also, notably, her first presentation of any kind in New York since the 2019 Whitney Biennial featured Born Athlete American: Laurie Hernandez I (2018), her piece depicting a gymnast from the 2016 Olympic women's team.
"Still American” presents new work in the form of nine paintings and one sculpture in which Mundt manifests a variety of art historical tropes—borrowing subject matter and stylistic treatment alike. Yet she renders the resulting compositions as something of a united force—specifically, in how most of the scenes appear well on their way to being totally consumed by flames, and, indeed, with each one facing inevitable fiery annihilation.
Jeanette Mundt, Mundt, 2020. Plaster, wood, foam, wax, shellac, metal, oil paint, 19 x 14 x 12.50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York. Photo: Max Marshall.