WAVY: Sabra Moon Elliot & Mary Heilmann
August 18 ‐ September 24, 2018
Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present WAVY, featuring Sabra Moon Elliot and Mary Heilmann. On view from August 18th through September 24th, 2018, WAVY will open with a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 18th from 6 to 8 pm, at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY.
WAVY unites the work of two neighboring artists who merge the geometric with the gestural. Equally visual as it is verbal, the title WAVY illustrates the universally understood language of shapes and colors, a language that precedes the words used to interpret it. This idea is mirrored in the works of Mary Heilmann and Sabra Moon Elliot, as both artists use titles to invite verbal understandings. Using repetition as a tool for creation, each artist’s work evolves from a series of choices, a process meditative and focused, yet unbound to any rules.
A dynamic play between color and shape, Mary Heilmann expresses her world in abstraction. Each work tells a unique story, with sides that often extend beyond or cut into the artwork’s boundaries. Loose brushstrokes of paint fill in these compositions, sometimes overlapping or dripping, emphasizing the idiosyncrasies in each work. In Pink Lineup, bright shades of magenta and chartreuse radiate alongside warm reds, creating stacked bands like layers of the earth. Her amorphous works in clay also suggest something earthlike, or even a foreign planetary object. The sculpture, Mars, is composed of subterranean reds surrounded by a sandy beige towards its rounded edges, its colors generated by the heat in which it was baked.
Using a simple starting point, most recently the triangle, Sabra Moon Elliot builds a world of geometries, a language of shapes that multiplies and evolves with each new painting. “Within the limitations of geometric repetition, I'm exploring ways to show a type of balance. Through disrupting order there is movement and equilibrium. This duality between structure and fluidity is a force that can be found in all living things,” the artist describes. In her ceramic works, cutout triangles extend off of the attached surface below–as in Space Wave–the malleability of clay allows for a fluidity of shape, which then directs the flow of a seafoam green glaze across its surface.
Meditative and eclectic, the works of Mary Heilmann and Sabra Moon Elliot side by side create a conversation that links the intuitive with the taught. They cultivate a sense of convergence within each artwork, an indicator that their works are just as much an expression of the external world as they are materialized from within.
Sabra Moon Elliot (b. 1980, New York, NY) received a Bachelor of Science in film from New York University, and studied art history at Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Growing up she explored different mediums of art such as painting and film and attended art classes at the National Academy of Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Tribeca Artists Underground in New York City and SK Designs in Louisville, KY. She has exhibited locally at the Fireplace Project in East Hampton, NY and Ille Arts in Amagansett, NY. She first exhibited with Tripoli Gallery in 2015 in the 11th Annual Thanksgiving Collective, followed by the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Collective: Year-Round in 2016, an exhibition featuring artists who live and work on the East End of Long Island. Most recently her work was included in the gallery’s fundraiser exhibition Love Isabela: A Puerto Rico Fundraiser. Sabra Moon Elliot lives and works in Bridgehampton, NY.
Mary Heilmann (b. 1940, San Francisco, CA) received a Bachelor of Art in Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Art in Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley. Heilmann’s work has been shown in prestigious international venues since the early 1970s. A solo exhibition, Memory Remix, is currently on view through September 23rd at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, CA. In 2017, her work was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition, Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, and she had a solo exhibition, Painting Pictures, at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, NY. A major solo presentation of her work, Looking at Pictures, was held in 2016 at Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 2015, a solo exhibition, Sunset, was commissioned as part of the Whitney Museum's inauguration of its new building, and Two by Two, Mary Heilmann & David Reed opened at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. In 2012, Good Vibrations at Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht traveled to Neues Museum, Nuremberg, while Mary, Blinky, Yay, with Blinky Palermo, was exhibited at Kunstmuseum Bonn in 2013. In 2007 through 2009, a retrospective traveled from the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California to New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, with stops at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus. Heilmann has received the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award (2006), as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has been exhibiting with Tripoli Gallery since 2012, first in the Thanksgiving Collective 2012: Modern Salon, and followed by Water (2013), 10th Annual Thanksgiving Collective: Attitudes (2014), 11th Annual Thanksgiving Collective (2015), and most recently the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Collective: There is Still Good in This World (2017). Mary Heilmann lives and works in New York City and Bridgehampton, NY.
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