Namaste Highland Park is pleased to present recent works by Elana Melissa Hill and Tanya Brodsky in the two person show, VISTAS. In the presented work, Hill and Brodsky address the mythological qualities of imagined and factual landscapes by using painting, drawing, and sculpture. In her panoramic paintings, Hill utilizes the horizontal vista to project soft landscapes against concrete marks of urban infrastructure. Employing drawing and sculpture, Brodsky examines the moral and erotic significance of geological sites— transforming household furniture and traditional portraiture into structural supports for mountainous terrain. VISTAS will be on view from February 9th - March 15th.
Moving through urban spaces, Elana Melssa Hill is intrigued by the way cities function - living bodies where electricity, sewage, water, gas, humans, and other resources are pumped through the dense flesh of cement, and metal, and dirt. In her paintings Hill uses the images of urban structures, industrial spaces, and the areas that stretch between. She paints the parts of urban space that are possibly hidden in one’s imagination, exposing technologies of the past positioned within structures of the present.
Tanya Brodsky explores landscape as a protagonist in a narrative of migration, history, myth and decay. The subject/object relationship, inherent to epic landscape painting, functions as a point of departure
in her work. In “Vistas,” the use of utilitarian furniture, with its obvious affordances of sitting, stepping or laying, invites physical interaction, challenging the definition of landscape as a panorama to be viewed from an outside vantage. In “Mountain Portraits,” conventions of traditional portraiture are used to depict individual peaks of a mythologically potent region of southern Russia, locating the imagery within a personal, familial, and cultural history.