Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash

January 5, 2021–June 20, 2021

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Big Wash (exhibition view), 2020. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase is a Philadelphia-based visual artist whose works—drawings, paintings, sculpture, video and sound—focus primarily on Black, queer domestic intimacy. The artist was invited to work with the FWM Studio in the museum’s renowned screenprinting facilities to conceptualize and produce an original design. Chase employed this newly-created yardage as canvases on which to make a new suite of paintings, as well as soft sculpture and clothing. Big Wash is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition and will feature new work created during their 2019-2020 screenprinting residency at FWM.

For Big Wash, Chase turns their attention to the laundromat as a site that is at once private and public. With newly created paintings, drawings, and video, they continue their signature ability to move seamlessly between history and fantasy, as well as interior and exterior, with vivid depictions of eroticism, domesticity, queerness, nostalgia, and tenderness. Chase’s vibrant textile design punctuates the exhibition and acts as a stand-in for Black queer bodies navigating both the rawness of the urban landscape and intimacy of domestic settings.

“In addition to championing an emerging and prescient voice in our own community, as well as the contemporary art landscape in general,” shares FWM Curator Karen Patterson, “Big Wash links back to FWM’s roots: the process of screenprinting, and the role it has long played in influencing an artist’s practice.”

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Art in This Exhibition

Artists in This Exhibition


Melancholy Pleasure
Jeremy O. Harris and Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Art in America, June 11, 2021

Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Tausif Noor, 4Columns, May 7, 2021

Public and Private Bodies: Jonathan Lyndon Chase Interviewed by Scott Turri
Scott Turri, BOMB, April 29, 2021

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, The Fabric Workshop and Museum
C.C. McKee, Artforum, April 1, 2021

Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash
Clementine Ford, Air Mail, February 22, 2021

Queer and Black at the laundromat: Jonathan Lyndon Chase at the Fabric Workshop and Museum
Peter Crimmins, WHYY, January 23, 2021

Jonathan Lyndon Chase Uses Art as a Tool for Transformation and Healing
Maximilíano Durón, ARTnews, January 22, 2021

Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash
Amber Jamilla Musser, The Brooklyn Rail, December 15, 2020

Jonathan Lyndon Chase Prolifically Captures the People of Philadelphia
Tina Shrike, Cultured Magazine, December 7, 2020

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About the Artist

American, born 1989, lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase has lived and worked in Philadelphia their whole life, receiving their MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2016. Chase has received numerous awards from PAFA and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was recently announced as a 2019 Fellow by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Represented by Company Gallery in New York, Chase has been included in recent exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (2021); the Rubell Family Collection Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL (2018-2019); Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA (2018); California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2017); Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2017); and The Bunker, Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, Palm Beach, FL (2017). Chase’s work resides in numerous public and private collections throughout the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Chase has had two publications released for their recent solo exhibitions, Sheets (2018) and Quiet Storm (2018), and has been featured in numerous periodicals, including GQ, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.


Support for Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Dani Chakour, Liz and Jonathan Goldman, Maja Paumgarten and John Parker, and Company Gallery.