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December 14, 2013 to January 25, 2014

In Gallery 2

ZOE NELSON | images | press: New American Paintings | NewCity | Bad at Sports | HuffingtonPost

In Gallery 2 at Western Exhibitions Zoe Nelson will present a group of new “cut-out” paintings, including those that she is installing, for the first time, perpendicular from the wall, making visible both sides of the painting. The show opens with a free public reception on SATURDAY, December 14, 2013 from 5 to 8pm and runs through January 25, 2014.

Literally made by cutting into the canvas, Zoe Nelson's paintings are made, in part, by cutting into and through the canvas, creating tension between her exuberantly painted surfaces and loaded negative spaces. Nelson's razor blade slices and obliterates, creating holes and negative spaces, leaving the canvas and painted surfaces fragmented and disjointed. Pieces of canvas push outside the frame, surrender to the frame, decorate the frame, wrap the frame, hang off the frame, and work to collapse the frame. The color scheme of each painting is specific to the timbre or mood of the painting, and feeling and intuition are pitted against a formal investigation of stillness, emptiness and the frame. In a charged dialogue with the constructed surfaces of gesture and paint, the negative spaces become voids, opening the site of painting beyond the frame.

Zoe Nelson (b. 1983, Rhinebeck, NY) received an MFA from Columbia University (2009) and a BA from Barnard College (2006). Nelson has exhibited at galleries in New York, Chicago and Milwaukee, including Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, NURTUREart, and Usable Space. Her work was selected for the 2011 and 2013 Midwest editions of New American Paintings, and she was awarded a Community Arts Assistance Program grant in 2012. Nelson recently returned from The Lighthouse Works residency on Fishers Island (NY), and currently lives and works in Chicago. This is her first show at Western Exhibitions.



 

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