Pomona Houses and Ink Drawings
Newman Popiashvili Gallery is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of Marcia Hafif at the gallery with 1975 Ink Drawings and a photo series titled Pomona Houses from 1970.
The Ink Drawings were created using a practice developed along side the Pencil Drawings of 1972, always beginning in the upper left corner and finishing in the lower right. The support and medium change while the technique remains the same. Here the ink mixture is more or less diluted, with darker and lighter results. The technique is based on the idea that repetition will produce changing results; the titles of the drawings are the date of completion - a record of the day's work.
This exhibition joins the monochromatic work with photographic series unique to Hafif's oeuvre by being both, narrative and personal in nature. Marcia Hafif was born in Pomona, CA and spent large part of her childhood at her grandparents' house located in town. In the sixties the artist moved to Rome, Italy, spending the next decade there. Upon returning to California, Hafif discovered that her beloved house had been demolished. In an attempt to replace it she repeatedly photographed other houses in the area.
Pomona Houses was shot in California in 1970 and published in 1972 in a book by Mother Lode Editions to accompany an exhibition of projected color slides of houses at the Ivan Karp Gallery in SoHo. The current show includes all forty-five photographs from the book framed and displayed at eye level in their original order.
Marcia Hafif lives between New York City and Laguna Beach, California. This fall her work was part of Pacific Standard Time's Best Kept Secret, UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971 at the Laguna Art Museum, CA. Hafif's Italian Paintings, 1961-1969, are on display at MAMCO in Geneva accompanied by a catalogue raisonne of Hafif's sixties paintings.