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.