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Craig Krull Gallery

Exhibition Detail
HILARY BRACE
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404


June 5th, 2010 - July 10th, 2010
Opening: 
June 5th, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Untitled (#09f), Hilary BraceHilary Brace, Untitled (#09f),
2009, charcoal on mylar, 6.62 x w: 13 in
© Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery
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In reviewing Hilary Brace's drawings, the New York Times said, "once in a while you come across an art of such refined technique that it seems the product of sorcery more than human craft...” Starting with the smooth surface of polyester film darkened with charcoal, Brace works in a reductive manner by removing charcoal with erasers and other hand made tools. Despite the photographic veracity of her technique, Brace composes her images without premeditation, through an explorative process that allows them to unfold in unanticipated directions. Her subjects are based upon clouds, water, mist and mountains, but she takes these forms to sublime and unimaginable new heights. As Christopher Knight remarked in the Los Angeles Times, her work is “like a Vija Celmins drawing made Baroque, [it] conjures ephemeral poetics of light and space.” For all their vastness and grandeur, Brace’s drawings are relatively small and intimate. As Leah Ollman observed in Art and America, these drawings “put those two realms – the private and the cosmic – within reach of each other.”


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