Zoe Nelson: Deep Cuts

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Mars Rover, 2012 Oil On Canvas © Courtesy of the artist and Lloyd Dobler Gallery
Zoe Nelson: Deep Cuts

1545 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60642
September 8th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012

West Loop/West Town
Saturday: 12-5pm


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. Deep Cuts continues through October 20th

Nelson’s exhibition accurately entitled, Deep Cuts, will highlight her site specific ‘walk-through’ painting at the gallery’s entrance and showcase her continued work made by literally cutting into the canvas. Nelson’s 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.

This project is partially supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.