May 11th 2012

Dear Resonance and the Memory Hole

@ Roots & Culture

1034 N Milwaukee Ave.

Opening Friday, May 11th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, June 23rd

Menacing on the one hand and alluring on the other, Zoe Nelson’s paintings straddle a thin line between violence and passion. The players are the razor, the frame, gesture, and paint. The razor slices and obliterates, leaving the canvas and painted surfaces fragmented and disjointed. It is in this way that Zoe’s paintings become vulnerable and exposed, hanging as markers of empty spaces and holes in memory. And yet, while violent/violated, her paintings find space to extend beyond the frame, with vibrant, colorful, and sensual pieces of canvas playfully coexisting with empty spaces. Transgressing boundaries of inside and outside, Zoe’s paintings occupy shifting states of incompleteness and becoming.

Bradley will be exhibiting works on canvas, paper, and piano. He sees these works as characters within a personal mythology, created from his experiences and memories. These works speak of his continuing interest in the area between figuration and abstraction, and the area between his music making and art-making practices. Collaboration can be a magical variable of making, and for this reason he is excited for his work to be in conversation with the work of Zoe Nelson.

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