Sep 8th 2012

Zoe Nelson: Deep Cuts

@ Lloyd Dobler Gallery

1545 W. Division, Second Floor, Chicago IL 60642

Opening Saturday, September 8th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, October 20th

Lloyd Dobler Gallery is pleased to present the opening of their fall season with new work by Chicago-based painter, Zoe Nelson. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 8th from 6-10pm. Additionally, the gallery will hold open public hours every Saturday from noon-5pm with a special reception on Saturday, September 22nd for the EXPO CHICAGO/2012 gallery tour from 4-9pm, organized by ACRE Residency.

Nelson’s exhibition accurately entitled, Deep Cuts, will showcase her site specific ‘walk-through’ painting at the gallery’s entrance and continue her work made by literally cutting into the canvas, her Cut-Outs are abstract process paintings that engage with formal concerns and exuberant colors to create tension between painted surfaces and loaded negative spaces. The players are the razor, the frame, gesture, and paint. The razor 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. In a tense dialogue with the constructed surfaces of gesture and paint, the framed negative spaces become loaded voids. The juxtaposition of these voids with the painted surfaces challenges conceptions of painting-as-verb and painting-as-noun, opening the site of painting beyond the frame.

Zoe Nelson was born in Rhinebeck, New York in 1983 and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received an MFA from Columbia University in May 2009. Zoe has exhibited work at galleries in Chicago and New York including Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center (Chicago), Robert Bills Contemporary (Chicago), Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts (Chicago), the Fisher Landau Center For Art (Long Island City), and NURTUREart (Brooklyn). Zoe’s work is included in the Jimenez-Colon collection and was selected for the 2011 Midwest edition of New American Paintings. This year Zoe is a recipient of a 2012 Chicago Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) grant.

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